Used Oil Grants

Division of Solid Waste Management

Eligible Applicants:

Tennessee counties, municipalities, and organizations which have been determined to be tax exempt nonprofit recycling organizations or who are designated as 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service may apply.

Three priorities have been established for this offering:

Establish new used oil collection infrastructure in an underserved location or new site.

Upgrade or replace existing equipment at collection centers not currently meeting the standards specified in the Used Oil Collection & Recycling Grant Program Requirements.  

Establish a DIY used oil collection at an existing recycling center, solid waste collection facility, or other publicly owned facility.

Eligible Projects:

Applicants can use this grant to cover the cost to build or upgrade Automotive Fluid Collection Centers, but such funds may not be used for regular operation expenses of a recurring nature. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Paving, fencing, collection tanks, electrical power, filter crushers, canopy structures, spill containment equipment, used oil transport trailers.
  • Planning, developing, and printing of education and outreach materials such as signage, brochures, and social media applications.

Furthermore, applicants previously awarded a grant of this type from the Solid Waste Management Fund in the last two years that are currently under contract with open balances or who have failed to meet the obligations of additional Division of Solid Waste Management grant contracts in the last two years are ineligible. 

Funding & Matching Requirements: 

The Used Oil Collection and Recycling grant takes funding availability into consideration by limiting a maximum available amount an applicant may request for a collection center establishment or upgrade. Awardees agree to adhere to the requirements as they are provided in the “Used Automotive Fluid Collection Center Program Requirements” which states a Grantee shall exceed state regulatory standards for used oil collection. This is a non-matching grant.

If you are interested in applying for this grant offering, please register and apply via the TDEC Online Grants System.


Cavene McHayle

Program Administrator

Amber Greene

Environmental Consultant

Robin Chance

Grants Manager

Nicole Beers

Grants Analyst