The primary goal of Build with Bags™ (BWB) is to tackle an environmental concern that has been receiving a great deal of attention – the use of plastic (and to some degree) shopping bags. To address this issue, the Build with Bags Program has defined four primary goals:
This grant program was developed to support the BWB Program’s primary goal of increasing plastic bag recycling, which we believe is at the core of addressing the environmental issues surrounding plastic bag use. This grant program was initiated to support “closing the plastic bag loop” by demonstrating how recycled plastic bags can be re-used in the manufacturing of outdoor furniture and equipment. Although there are a number of firms that provide recycled plastic content, furniture and equipment (see listing at www.itseasytorecycle.org), the BWB Program encourages grant recipients to use Iowa’s own Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls. Please note that to be eligible for the grant program, the recycled content plastic furniture and equipment to be purchased must be used at a park or school.
The grant program is available to any governmental entity or any organization (i.e. service clubs, non-profit organizations) within Iowa that purchase the items for a park or school. The items must be made of recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic (the base material for making plastic shopping bags). Those receiving grant awards must acquire the items and then show proof of purchase and payment before receiving reimbursement of the award.
A maximum grant of $2,000 is available. Each entity applying for a grant is limited to one application or project per year.
March 30, 2017
Grant awards will be announced on April 22, 2017 (Earth Day).
Grant applications should be prepared in letter form and sent to:
Questions concerning the application process should be directed to IGIA’s Build with Bags Coordinator at 515-270-2628 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each application must include the applicant organization’s contact information (address, phone number and e-mail address) along with a designated contact name with contact information. All applications containing the required information will be evaluated by the Build with Bags Selection Committee according to the following selection criteria.
Grant funds will be provided to award recipients subsequent to furniture/equipment purchases. In order to receive grant award funds, award recipients must submit proof of purchase documentation to include:
Payment will be made within two weeks of submission of all appropriate information. Grant recipients are encouraged to identify “media event” times in advance if possible. Those events may provide an opportunity for the recipient, IGIA members, sponsoring organizations, BWB sponsors and program to gain recognition.
|Akron Park & Recreation Board||Akron||$ 2,000.00||8 Malibu benches|
|Briar Cliff University||Sioux City||$ 2,000.00||4 Hexagon tables|
|City of Bridgewater||Bridgewater||$ 1,560.35||2 benches and 2 tables (1 ADA)|
|Central College||Pella||$ 1,904.00||1 ADA table, umbrella base, and 2 benches|
|City of Gilmore City||Gilmore City||$ 1,900.00||5 benches and 1 table|
|Granger Community Center||Granger||$ 1,972.00||2 tables, 3 trash receptacles|
|Iowa Lakes Community College||Estherville||$ 1,800.00||1 table and 3 benches|
|Jackson County Conservation||Maquoketa||$ 500.00||1 table and 1 umbrella|
|Jasper County Conservation Board||Newton||$ 2,000.00||Playground|
|City of Laurens||Laurens||$ 2,000.00||3 tables (1 ADA), 1 trash receptacle|
|Maple Grove Elementary School||Waukee||$ 2,000.00||2 benches and 1 table|
|City of McGregor||McGregor||$ 2,000.00||9 tables (2 ADA)|
|Palmer Hometown Pride Comm||Palmer||$ 1,699.00||2 tables, 2 trash receptables/liners/dome lids|
|Pocahontas Hometown Pride Comm||Pocahontas||$ 1,359.50||1 table, 2 benches, 1 trash receptacle|
|City of Storm Lake||Storm Lake||$ 2,000.00||8 trash receptables|
|City of Varina||Varina||$ 1,770.00||2 benches and 6 curved benches|
|Winneshiek County Conservation||Ft. Atkinson||$ 2,000.00||6 benches|
|Woodbine Community School||Woodbine||$ 2,000.00||Recycled plastic lumber|