Community POWER was created in 2001 by the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB). The SWMCB is a joint powers board comprised of two county commissioners from the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington.
The Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board set a goal to contain waste generation rates at the 1999 levels, or 1.28 tons per capita. In order to reach this goal, the SWMCB proposed to partner with local community groups to engage local citizens in waste and toxicity reduction messages and activities.
Following focus groups conducted in 2000, it was recommended to the SWMCB to make grants available to support organizations implementing waste and toxicity reduction projects. The first grants were made in October 2001. Grants were made each winter or spring from 2002 to 2015.
The SWMCB decided to discontinue the Community POWER grant program at the end of Round 15. Grants for Round 15 were awarded in August 2015, with grant-related activities wrapping up in September 2016. During its 13 years of investment, SWMCB distributed $2.1 million to 159 individual county and 40 multi-county grantees.
Community POWER: Follow-up Sustainability Reports
As part of grant projects, grantees are asked to sustain a portion of the project after the completion of the grant period. About one year after a grant round, the grant manager contacts each grantee to interview them about what has been sustained and to obtain feedback. The Follow-up Sustainability Reports summarize those interviews, which are listed below.
Community POWER: Final Summary Reports
Each year, the Community POWER grant manager prepares a report which summarizes the grant activities based on the final reports submitted by each grantee. Click on the titles below to view final summary reports from past years. To view the final summary reports from Round 1-5, please email CommunityPOWER@RethinkRecycling.com.