USDA encourages using grants for disposal of unused medication


With up to $4 million in grant funding available, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging communities to apply for innovative projects.

USDA Rural Development is currently accepting applications for the Solid Waste Management Grant Program through Dec. 31, and priority points may be awarded to innovative projects that promote the safe disposal of prescription drugs in rural communities. Up to $4 million is available nationwide, with a $1 million individual project ceiling.

According to the USDA, rural communities, non-profit organizations, federally recognized tribes and academic institutions can apply.

“I encourage communities that need to dispose of unused prescription drugs to contact us about the Solid Waste Management funding, said Nebraska State Director Karl Elmshaeuser for USDA Rural Development. “The USDA funding and partnering opportunities with local leaders will help to combat the opioid epidemic in Nebraska. Helping rural families with local options to dispose of unused medications is a good step toward building healthy rural communities.”

For more information in Nebraska contact Community Programs Specialist Mary Sneckenberg 402-437-5567 or by email at

Applications can be submitted electronically at or in hard copy to: USDA Rural Development Water and Environmental Programs, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 5168, STOP 1522, Washington, DC 20250-1597. Hard copy applications may also be hand-delivered to: USDA Rural Development Water and Environmental Programs, Federal Building Suite 308, 100 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508 by close of business December 31, 2018.

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