BOSTON- Representative David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton), is proud to announce that Grafton and Upton are recipients of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) grants.
Within the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program, communities have the opportunity to apply for multiple grants. The “Recycling Dividends Program” (RDP) can be awarded to municipalities that have already implemented programs and policies that maximize recycling and waste reduction. Recipients of this award can expect to receive funds anywhere from $1,200 to $66,000. This money can only be used towards recycling programs. Meanwhile, communities can also apply for “Small-Scale Initiative Grants”. Funds ranging anywhere from $500 to $2,000 can be awarded to communities that will use the money towards the tools needed to sustain an existing recycling program. Fortunately, Grafton and Upton are recipients of both the “Recycling Dividends Program” and the “Small- Scale Initiative Grants”.
“I am very excited that two towns within my district, Grafton and Upton, are recipients of the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program grants,” said Representative Muradian. “I want to thank the Baker-Polito administration for their continued dedication to improving the greatness of Massachusetts. These recycling grants will not only be beneficial towards our communities, but they will also help move our Commonwealth towards a greener tomorrow.”
This grant program was originally created in 2008 as a part of the Green Communities Act and since then it has only gained popularity over the years. Both Grafton and Upton are 2 out of 217 municipalities across the Commonwealth that have been awarded grants this year in an effort to help maximize their recycling, composting and waste reduction programs. Specifically, Grafton received a total of $4,050.00 in grant funding while Upton received $3,550.00.
See a list of the SMRP grant awards here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/grants/smrp-grants.html#5
Any constituent who wishes to speak to Representative Muradian or his staff are urged to please call (617) 722-2240 or e-mail at David.Muradian@MAHouse.gov.