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Waste Prevention Equipment Grants

The Waste Prevention Equipment Grants Cycle is now open!

Grants between $500 and $10,000 are available to help organizations switch to reusable transport packaging or purchase equipment to rescue surplus edible food.


Deadline to Apply: May 13, 2019

Questions? Review the FAQ below or contact us at

Frequently Asked Questions


How Do I Apply?

Download the application packet which includes the application form on pages 3-6. Open the file, preferable in Acrobat Reader, to type directly into the form, or print, complete and scan the form. Email the completed document to by 5 p.m. on May 13, 2019. StopWaste will contact applicants if more information is needed.

All applicants will be notified of the results of the review process and StopWaste's decisions by May 31, 2019. Selected applicants are notified of the grant award and work with StopWaste staff to finalize project scope. Grantees enter into grant contract by June 30, 2019. 

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for a WPE grant, you must be an incorporated private company, non-profit organization, public agency, or institution and in compliance with all U.S. federal, state and local land use, regulatory and permit requirements.

Which Projects Are Eligible?

Projects of all sizes will be considered. To be eligible, your project must:

  • Be implemented within six months of contract start date; and
  • Reduce waste in Alameda County by implementing a reusable transport packaging and/or temperature controlled food storage equipment project; and 
  • Include documentation that someone within the organization has current Safe Serve Certification or Safe Food Handling certification (Food Storage Equipment grants only).

How Are Funds Allocated?

Award requests between $500 and $10,000 will be considered. Grant monies can be used to fund equipment costs, labor costs, and other costs that are essential to the implementation of the project, such as educational materials for employees or customers.

For more information, please email