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Community Outreach Grants

Deadline for submissions has now closed.

 

Community Outreach Grants support waste reduction education and outreach to the applicant group’s members and/or to members of the community they serve. The outreach must promote behaviors that reduce wasted food OR waste from disposable food service ware.  View a list of all previously funded Community Outreach Grant projects.

Food Waste Reduction Grants up to $5,000 require the applicant organization to host a gathering of at least 25 group/community members to receive a presentation about the problem of wasted food. In addition, the grant supports further efforts to engage group/community members in home-based food waste reduction behaviors such as performing a Fridge Reality Check and utilizing tools like meal planner shopping list, storage guide, and fridge signage provided by StopWaste. Outreach methods include social media, articles, and newsletter reminders. Click here for details about the Fridge Reality Check and to view the tools mentioned.

Food Waste Reduction Grants up to $10,000 support the same efforts as described above, but in addition, require the applicant organization to conduct more in-depth outreach with community members, including engaging at least 20 of the presentation attendees in completing the Stop Food Waste Challenge and collecting final results. The Challenge includes participants tracking food waste reduction efforts at home to provide deeper insight into successes and challenges to adopting such behaviors.

NEW: Choose Reusables Grants support outreach efforts to promote reusable alternatives to disposable food ware. Outreach methods include social media, articles, and newsletter reminders. In addition, applicant organizations must host a gathering of at least 25 group/community members to receive a presentation about reusable food ware options and engage at least 15 of the attendees in adopting three behaviors related to reusable food ware over six months, including a pre- and post-survey.

Who can apply

This grant is available only to nonprofit, community-based organizations in Alameda County.

Funding amounts

  • Food Waste Reduction Grants: $5,000 or $10,000 per grant request
  • Choose Reusables Grants: Up to $5,000 per grant request

 

Deadline for submissions has now closed.

 


Grantee Highlight

Eden Garden: Helping Members Adopt Food-Saving Practices

The volunteer-run nonprofit Eden Garden in Livermore grows seasonal produce for two food pantries. They used a $10,000 Community Outreach Grant to engage 20 of their members to take a one-week Stop Food Waste Challenge. Each participant would audit their fridge and record a daily journal of their food saving habits using Stop Food Waste tool kits. Eden Garden also used grant funds to increase the capacity of the garden and produce more food for local residents.