Grant Application

The Hefty® EnergyBag program has proven that hard-to-recycle plastics can be collected curbside and converted into valuable energy resources. This groundbreaking concept can be leveraged by communities, municipalities, local materials recovery facilities, nonprofits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and even brand owner facilities to expand the initiative on a national level. Building on the success of the 2017 Keep America Beautiful grant, Dow is funding additional grants in 2018 totaling $100,000.

Click here to download the 2018 Hefty® EnergyBag Application and click here to download the Letter of Collaboration. Once completed, email your Application and Letter of Collaboration to Jason Smith at All applications must be submitted by June 29, 2018. 

How Applications Are Evaluated

The grant program typically receives a large number of applications and, as a result, is very competitive. All applications are rated based on the criteria outlined below. Top candidates will be contacted for further discussions and possible site visits.

  • Well-organized proposal: Application responses that directly address questions in a concise manner, while providing relevant details regarding the scope, budget and schedule that are necessary to evaluate the application
  • Planning and organization: A well thought out implementation strategy to ensure program success
  • Tracking performance metrics: Detailed tracking and reporting plans referring to the number and weight of Hefty® EnergyBag orange bags collected over time

In addition to these criteria, preference will be given to applications submitted along with a Letter of Collaboration which should include information about key local stakeholders and sponsors who can help implement and fund a local Hefty® EnergyBag program.