As of October 1, 2020, all stores in Howard County are required to charge a Plastic Bag Fee of 5 cents per disposable plastic bag used. Businesses keep one cent from every five-cent fee and the remainder is collected by Howard County Government and put into a Disposable Plastics Reduction Fund. In 2021 the Office of Community Sustainability began a new grant program for Plastics Reduction and Environmental Protection (PREP). Environmental non-profits in Howard County can apply for funding projects that will make our community cleaner and greener.
2022 PREP Grant Application
The 2022 PREP grant application closed in April 2022. The 2022 projects have been awarded and funded. If you are starting to plan for 2023, please check the requirements and eligibility in the 2022 application. Please read the application for guidance on how to apply and suggestions on how to make your application as successful as possible. The due date for 2022 applications was 5pm Wednesday, April 27, 2022.
PREP Grant Projects
In 2021 and 2022 a total of 22 projects received funding through the PREP grant program, amounting to over over $608,521 awarded. Click the links below to learn more about the 2021 and 2022 PREP grant projects.