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Previously Funded Grants

Since 1996, StopWaste has provided more than $8 million in funding to local organizations for innovative projects that decrease the amount of waste generated and sent to the county's landfills, and encourage the development, marketing and use of recycled products. The grants program is currently focused on funding waste prevention and reuse and repair projects. Below is a searchable database of grant recipients from FY 2017-18 to FY 2019-20.

Reuse Grants
Grantee Location Fiscal Year Amount Description
Urban University (UU) Oakland FY19-20 $10,000

UU mission is to improve the socioeconomic status of impoverished individuals by providing employability training, coaching and employment opportunities in their salvaged goods store. Funds used to help offset operational costs.

Bay Area Redwood Hayward Hayward FY19-20 $15,000

Bay Area Redwood diverts trees from urban environments and creates upcycled wood products including live-edge slabs, beams, siding and tables. Funds used for storage and expand operational capacity.

Waterside Workshops/Street Level Cycles Berkeley FY19-20 $10,000

Street Level Cycles is a community bicycle shop that utilizes donated and discarded bicycles to teach youth valuable job skills in how to rebuild bicycles using salvaged bicycle partts and materials. Funding to help offset costs of staffing and rent.

California Shakespeare Theater Berkeley FY19-20 $8,500

Cal Shake creates exemplary productions of works, both old and new, interpreted in vital and urgent ways. They seek to both teach and learn through art—not simply about the theater but about our world. Grant funds used to build reusable stock set pieces that will reduce the amount of construction waste sent to landfill.

Upstream Alameda County FY19-20 $20,000

Upstream is a national non-profit organization sparking innovative solutions to plastic pollution and our throw-away culture. They create opportunities, develop tools and invite business leaders, policy makers and culture hackers to join us in changing the world. Funds used to coordinate regional activities around reusable food ware opportunities for implementation countywide.

Hively (formerly Child Care Links ) Pleasanton FY19-20 $15,000

Hively believes that every family should have the resources and support to ensure that children get the best start possible including counseling and other resources they need to thrive. Grant funds used to expand and improve their Pleasanton-based program that collects big box store returns as well as gently used household items and clothing donations for redistribution to families in need.

Community Impact Lab San Leandro FY19-20 $15,000

Community Impact Lab strives to be a force for action and to expand opportunities that everyone, especially women and children, have to be impactful. Grant funds to support collection of donated textiles, fabrics, toys and baby supplies annually through the Baby Box Program, offered to vulnerable populations. Project includes repair and repurpose of damaged goods for donation and retail purposes.

East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse Oakland FY19-20 $10,000

The mission of The Depot is to divert waste materials from landfills by collecting and redistributing discarded goods as low-cost supplies for art, education, and social services in the Depot Store. Funds to expand and implement the Estate Reuse Service program that provides Alameda County residents dealing with challenging life transitions with a convenient resource to responsibly dispose of personal property.

Ecology Center Berkeley FY19-20 $45,000

The Ecology Center’s mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. They transform the ideals of sustainability into everyday practice. Grant funds to promote and implement a Reusable Foodware Pilot to develop a replicable reusable cup pilot to further reduce single-use disposable food ware, and create a model for city-wide and regional adoption.

Filljoy LLC Alameda, Oakland FY19-20 $15,000

Filljoy's mission is to reduce single-use plastic, packaging and product waste in retail environments. Filljoy is a technology solution that simplifies and encourages bulk shopping by utilizing apps available on smartphones. Filljoy’s innovative technology solution makes it easier for customers to shop with their own reusable containers. Funding to pilot Filljoy software/kiosks at three Alameda County grocery stores that offer bulk purchasing options.

GO Box SF Bay Oakland FY19-20 $9,500

GO Box offers reusable foodware containers in place of single use disposal items via an smartphone app. Funding to conduct outreach and secure food truck vendors to pilot Go Box services at Oakland's First Friday event.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Oakland FY19-20 $10,000

Habitat ReStores accept donations of used and salvaged home improvement items sold to the public at a discount. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities. Funds used for communications/outreach campaign to promote the ReStore and the variety of salvaged, donated and reused items for sale. Campaign will encourage people to visit the Restore as well as educate residents about the importance of reuse and donations.

Loved Twice Berkeley FY19-20 $10,000

Loved Twice believes every newborn girl and boy deserves to have clothes for their first year of life—one of life’s basic necessities. clothing newborns in need with quality reused baby clothing for the first year of life. Grants funds assist Love Twice to collect gently-used baby clothes, sort these precious garments into boy and girl wardrobes-in-a-box, and distribute them exclusively through social workers in hospitals, shelters, and clinics.

MedShare San Leandro FY19-20 $20,000

MedShare recovers and reuses medical supplies from Bay Area Hospitals and redistributes them both in the Bay Area and abroad. Funds to develop a Biomedical Equipment Lending Library which will increase donations from hospitals and manufacturers to MedShare.

Rebuilding Together East Bay-North Berkeley FY19-20 $10,000

Rebuilding Together creates community partnerships to rejuvenate neighborhoods through the rehabilitation of homes owned by low-income homeowners and non-profit facilities that serve low-income communities. Funds used to train and supervise 500 volunteers and 30 clients yearly to salvage reusable building materials instead of sending to landfill/recycling.

Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) Alameda County FY19-20 $10,000

RAFT provides materials, kits and curriculum for students and teachers using salvaged and reusable materials. Grant funds used to secure and collect material donations from Alameda County manufacturers for reuse in their large warehouse and educational kits.

Reuse Alliance Inc. Alameda County FY19-20 $20,000

The Alliance promotes the social, environmental and economic benefits of reuse through advocacy, data collection projects, and community building services that strengthen the reuse community.Funds used to expand the Agency's database of Alameda County reuse enterprises and their activities to improve upcycling infrastructure in Alameda County.

Surplus Service (SS) Fremont FY19-20 $15,000

Surplus Service provides the highest e-waste recycling solutions that lead to higher sustainability reuse and disposal of electronics rather than simply recycling them or sending them to the landfill. Funds will help SS reuse instead of recycle hard disk drives (HDD) by wiping the HDDs coming into facility instead of sending them to shredders. This allows HDDs to be utilized for their full life span.

East Bay Depot For Creative Reuse Oakland, Alameda County FY18-19 $10,000

The mission of The Depot is to divert waste materials from landfills by collecting and redistributing discarded goods as low-cost supplies for art, education, and social services in the Depot Store. Funding used to promote their Estate Reuse Services—a personalized estate clearance program designed to provide Alameda County residents dealing with challenging life transitions with a convenient resource to ecologically dispose of personal property.

Oakland Public Education Fund/Tech Exchange Oakland FY18-19 $10,000

​Tech Exchange sources high quality decommissioned technology from contributing partners, refurbishes computers and distributes them to households across the Bay Area. TheirTech For All solution is designed to supply everything needed to support digitally disconnected residents with technology access. Funds used to support the purchase of a used truck to implement and grow successful electronic reuse program.

Grateful Gatherings Alameda County FY18-19 $10,000

Grateful Gatherings’ mission is to improve lives by providing gently used furniture and household goods to be reused for low-income families transitioning out of homelessness, crisis, and poverty. Funds used for staffing to develop and expand all gathering events.

MedShare Alameda County FY18-19 $20,000

MedShare recovers and reuses medical supplies from Bay Area Hospitals and redistributes them both in the Bay Area and abroad. Funds supported MedShare's Medical Supply Recovery Program including general operating expenses needed to pick up supplies at over 50 hospitals, as well as other related logistics costs.

California Product Stewardship Council Alameda County FY18-19 $15,000

California Product Stewardship Council's mission is to support a change in California’s product waste management system to producer responsibility in order to reduce public costs and drive improvements in product design that promote environmental sustainability. Grant funds used for outreach of The Refuel Your Fun campaign which promotes refillable 1 lb. propane cylinders in place of non refillable/recyclable ones.

Waterside Workshops Berkeley FY18-19 $15,000

Street Level Cycles reuses discarded bicycles in their youth job-training program which repairs bikes for sale as well as a free do-it-yourself public bike repair shop. Rebuilt bicycles provide green transportation for low-income youth and adults, and bicycle sales help support our free education programs. StopWaste funding supports staff for operations and youth instruction.

Loved Twice Berkeley FY18-19 $10,000

Loved Twice believes every newborn girl and boy deserves to have clothes for their first year of life—one of life’s basic necessities. Love Twice provides clothing for newborns in need with quality reused baby clothing. Grant funds used to collect gently-used baby clothes, sort the garments into boy and girl wardrobes-in-a-box, and distribute them exclusively through social workers in hospitals, shelters, and clinics.

Loved Twice Berkeley FY17-18 $15,000

Loved Twice believes every newborn girl and boy deserves to have clothes for their first year of life — one of life’s basic necessities. Love Twice provides clothing for newborns in need with quality reused baby clothing. Grant funds used to collect gently-used baby clothes, sort the garments into boy and girl wardrobes-in-a-box, and distribute them exclusively through social workers in hospitals, shelters, and clinics.

Waterside Workshops/Street Level Cycles Berkeley FY17-18 $15,000

Street Level Cycles is a community bicycle shop that utilizes donated and discarded bicycles to teach youth valuable job skills in how to rebuild bicycles using salvaged bicycle parts and materials. Funding to help offset costs of staffing and rent.

ReUse People Oakland FY17-18 $15,000

ReUse People reduces the solid waste stream and changes the way the built environment is renewed by salvaging building materials and distributing them for reuse. Funds were used for outreach and advertisements to attract new customers and sell more salvaged building materials for reuse at the newly expanded site shared with Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity Restore Oakland FY17-18 $15,000

Habitat ReStores accept donations of used and salvaged home improvement items sold to the public at a discount. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities. Funds used to increase warehousing facility to support growing influx of donated materials.

East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse Oakland FY17-18 $15,000

The mission of The Depot is to divert waste materials from landfills by collecting and redistributing discarded goods as low-cost supplies for art, education, and social services in the Depot Store. Funds used to conduct targeted business outreach in Alameda County to help expand the East Bay Depot’s donation solicitation activities to include more businesses, corporations and manufacturers.