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Grant Funding Available

StopWaste Grant Program

The 2019 grant cycle is now open.  The two grant priority areas for 2019 are listed below: 

  • Food Waste Prevention and Recovery Grants
    • Supports new or expanded food waste prevention or donation efforts.

  • Reuse Grants

    • Supports reuse/repair/recovery/redistribution activities (not food waste related).

Additional information and application instructions


Ongoing StopWaste Grant Programs


Community Outreach Grants for Food Waste Reduction

The Community Outreach Grant program is designed to help reduce the amount of organics, specifically edible food, going to landfill by providing varying amounts of funding to nonprofit organizations who provide services to, or whose members are comprised of residents in Alameda County.

General Mini-grants

The General Mini-grant Program is designed to provide small amounts of money (up to $5,000), within a brief period of time, for a specific and limited purpose and open to all applicants – private firms, non-profit organizations, schools and individuals. The proposed project must be in the area of source reduction, reuse, recycling and market development. Funds may also be requested for educational programs that promote source reduction, reuse, recycling and buy recycled.

Free Indoor Green Bins for Businesses

Composting is now mandatory for many businesses and institutions in Alameda County. To make it easier for businesses to collect food scraps, food-soiled paper and plant debris, StopWaste is offering free indoor green bins, up to a $500 value per approved business. Choose from a variety of container and lid options in different sizes, provided by three pre-selected vendors. Funds are limited – apply online now at

Reusable Food Service Ware Rebates

StopWaste is offering up to $500 in rebates toward the purchase of reusable food service ware for businesses and schools that participate in the ReThink Disposable program.

Reusable Transport Packaging Grants

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to purchase reusable transport packaging, such as durable pallets, totes, or wraps that replace single- or limited-use transport packaging. Learn more at

How2Recycle Label Grants

How2Recycle is an on-package recycling label that provides clear and consistent recycling instructions to consumers. Funding of up to $4,000 is available to cover first year licensing costs for businesses that adopt the How2Recycle label for their packaging. Eligible applicants include brand owners, packaging manufacturers, and retailers operating in Alameda County. Technical assistance is available; contact Justin Lehrer for more information.


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