Grant Funding Available
There are several grant programs available to the nonprofit community. Please visit the grants to nonprofit overview page for details on the following grants:
The Food Waste Prevention Grant Program grants are available to fund innovative and replicable projects that reduce wasted food through prevention and/or food recovery (food donation). Projects that demonstrate a reduction in surplus prepared food from institutional kitchens or other high volume food service operations will be prioritized. Nonprofits, and other high volume food generating businesses or production kitchens are eligible to apply.
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.
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 www.RecyclingRulesAC.org.
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.
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 UseReusables.org.
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.