Build with Bags Grant Program

The primary goal of Build with BagsTM (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:

  1. Reduce the consumption of plastic bags,

  2. Encourage the use of reusable bags,

  3. Increase the amount of plastic bags recycled, and

  4. Establish and a grant program to aid parks and schools in purchasing products made of recycled plastic bags

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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, 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 or equipment to be purchased must be used at a park or school.


The grant program is available to any governmental entity, 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.


The deadline for application is March 30. Notification will be made directly to each grant recipient and sponsoring Iowa Grocery Industry Association (IGIA) member, together with a press release and at the Iowa Grocery Industry Association’s website –

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