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Waste Reduction Grant Opportunities

Volunteers at MedShare, a humanitarian organization and StopWaste grantee help sort medical equipment to be donated to those in need.

The deadline for grant applications has now passed. Thank you for your interest in our programs and stay safe and healthy!


StopWaste is currently accepting applications for a range of grant opportunities with total funding up to $400k available to both nonprofits and businesses, aimed at increasing individual, business, and community involvement in the reduction of waste in Alameda County. Areas of focus can be on waste prevention, reuse and recovery of goods and materials, as well as development, marketing, and use of recovered products.


Proposed projects must be located in and/or serve the residents and/or businesses of Alameda County. Applicants with open StopWaste grants must check with their grant managers to assess eligibility to apply for additional grant funding.

Applications submitted after 5 pm on April 3, will not be accepted. For ongoing grant opportunities offered outside of this deadline, click here. Please contact, 510-891-6500, for questions. 

Grant Timeline And Process

  • Grants Open: Monday, February 10, 2020  
  • Grant Applications Due: Friday, April 3, 2020  
  • Review & Selection: April 6 - May 15, 2020
  • Grantees Announced: May 16, 2020
  • Grant Funding Agreements Executed: June 15, 2020  

Grants available for 2020

Only one grant application per organization is permitted. Applicant is required to select the grant type that best aligns with their project.


Available to nonprofits and businesses, these grants fund innovative projects that prevent waste through reuse, repair, deconstruction, redistribution, product or process redesign, recovery, and other ways that keep goods and other materials out of disposal or recycling. The goal is to conserve natural resources and stimulate economic activity in the reuse and recovery sectors. Up to $20,000 per grant.

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Available to nonprofits and businesses, these grants fund innovative pilots and projects that prevent edible food from going to compost or landfill by recovering and redistributing it to feed people, or by preventing the production of surplus edible food through product or process redesign. The goal is to reduce the amount of surplus edible food generated and/or to donate surplus food. Up to $20,000 per grant.

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Available to nonprofits and businesses organizations, these grants fund two types of equipment:

  1. Reusable Transport Packaging to replace limited-life packaging used in manufacturing, transportation and/or distribution, such as boxes, pallets, and pallet wrap. Up to $10,000 per grant.
  2. Food Donation Transport and Storage Equipment to support the rescue (donation) of surplus edible food, such as insulated totes, thermal blankets, refrigerators, and freezers.  Up to $10,000 per grant.

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Available to community-based, nonprofit organizations, these grants support education and outreach to the applicant group’s members and/or the community they serve. Two types of grants are available:

  1. Food Waste Reduction Grants aim to engage group/community members in food waste prevention through outreach such as social media or activities like fridge audits and at-home food waste tracking. $5,000-10,000 per grant depending on engagement level.
  2. Choose Reusables Grants aim to engage group/community members in behaviors to prevent waste from disposable food service ware, including tracking their own use of disposable food ware and committing to specific reusable alternatives. Up to $5,000 per grant.

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Please be advised, we will not accept applications from Fiscal Sponsors unless the Fiscal Sponsor is specifically set up to offer their legal and tax-exempt status to groups—typically projects—engaged in activities related to the sponsoring organization's mission with a fee-based contractual arrangement between a project and an established non-profit.  Please contact Meri Soll at or 510-891-6500 for more information. 


In addition to the primary 2020 grant cycle, StopWaste provides a variety of other grant opportunities on an ongoing basis:

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Grantee Highlights


Improving the Quality of Life of People and our Planet

In the developing world, more than 10 million children under the age of five die from inadequate medical care every year. At the same time,  hospitals in the United States generate over two million tons of medical waste annually. Much of that waste is unused, unexpired medical supplies and equipment.