TDOT offers $1 million in litter grants for special projects

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is sponsoring a statewide competition for $1 million of grant funds for special litter projects that go beyond routine maintenance.

Local governments, community organizations, and nonprofits can apply, a press release said. Winning proposals may receive a total of $25,000 to $100,000, which will be used to reimburse expenses each quarter for up to three years.

Eligible projects include any activity, either pickup or education, that will clean up or prevent litter in Tennessee. Recycling programs are also eligible. The grant may not be used for landscaping or beautification projects.

Proposals must follow certain criteria, and TDOT’s Highway Beautification Office will judge all applicants according to the criteria and award funding to the highest ranked applicants. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15. Grant winners will be notified by Nov. 30.

To apply and find out more information, click here or contact TDOT’s Highway Beautification Office at (615) 741-2877 for more details.

According to, the state of Tennessee spends $11 million each year picking up litter. That figure does not include what local governments spend for litter removal annually, the press release said.


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