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Grant Funding Available

StopWaste Grant Program

Our primary grant program is dedicated to organizations that contribute to Alameda County in one of the following Focus Areas:

  • Reuse – Projects that increase the recovery and reuse of materials that would otherwise be disposed in Alameda County landfills. Reuse is defined as using an item over again in its current form without significant processing that alters its materials structure. This grant focus area is dedicated to support reuse organizations in need of supplemental funding.  Funding to be utilized for on-going expense such as staff salaries, operating costs, education and outreach activities. (Focus area does not include food waste recovery, see Food Waste Reduction focus area below)
  • Food Waste Reduction - Projects that prevent food from going to waste and/or recover edible surplus food to feed people. 
  • Nonprofit / Municipal Partnership Projects This partnership allows a nonprofit organization to work directly with an Alameda County city to design programs that align with StopWaste’s priorities.
  • Waste Prevention/Source Reduction – Defined as projects that reduce the amount of waste generated before recycling or composting activities. 

Priority will be given to the above focus areas, however funding is available for other project types, listed below:  

  • Recycling and Composting Based – Projects that increase the recycling and composting of materials by nonprofit activities and projects.
  • Other – Projects that do not correlate with the above categories but are related to Recycling and Strategic Workplan goals.

Please note that while the 2018 primary grant cycle is now closed, there are additional ongoing grant opportunities listed below.  

StopWaste Grants - Details

Ongoing StopWaste Grant Programs

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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