SWACO has announced grants totaling $45,928.36 to eight communities, including Grove City, organizations and schools in Franklin County.

SWACO has announced grants totaling $45,928.36 to eight communities, including Grove City, organizations and schools in Franklin County.

The grants are designed to promote recycling and waste reduction, and feature everything from "waste-free" school lunches to the expansion of a college campus-wide recycling program.

Grove City will receive $12,268 to help fund Keep Grove City Beautiful and Great America Cleanup activities.

The Pride of Whitehall will receive $18,949 to go toward expanding that community's "green" park program. The grant will be used to install a walking path made of shredded tires/asphalt and to purchase recycled content benches for Norton Field Park.

Otterbein College plans to expand its campus wide recycling program called "Ottercycle." It will receive $8,588 toward additional recycling containers and educational campaigns designed to reach students as well as staff.

 In the New Albany School District, the goal is to establish a pilot "waste-free" lunch program.  Students and staff will be educated on how recycling, composting and reuse can come close to eliminating most waste from lunchtime.  The district will receive $1,098.75.

Other grants awarded by SWACO include: $3,616.14 for recycled content tables and benches at St. Brendan School in Hilliard, $750.66 to purchase recycling containers and begin a recycling program at the heritage Day Health Centers, $506.65 for recycling containers at the ADAMH Board of Franklin County, and $151.16 to the Westerville Public Library to purchase a composter for the Children's Garden.

Communities, schools and nonprofits who receive grants from SWACO are required to provide 25 percent financial or in-kind match.

The next SWACO Grant application period will begin in March 2009.