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StopWaste Grants

The Grants Program provides funding to organizations for innovative projects that will increase individual and community involvement in reuse, recover, source reduction and recycling efforts, decrease the amount of waste generated and sent to the County's three landfills, and encourage the development, marketing and use of recycled products. The anticipated long-term benefits to Alameda County are protection of the environment, conservation of natural resources, extension of the life of the landfills, and the stimulation of economic activity through the growth of conservation-related practices. 

To be eligible for funding, proposers:

  • Must be based in Alameda County, divert discarded materials generated in Alameda County, or involve educational campaigns targeting Alameda County residents or businesses.
  • Must be a private nonprofit organization with federal, tax-exempt status under section 501(c). The exception to this is for the Food Waste Reduction and Reuse grant focus areas, which have funding available for both for-profit and non-profit entities.
  • Must be in compliance with all federal, state and local land use, regulatory and permit requirements.
  • Must not duplicate existing StopWaste programs or services.

Contact Meri Soll at or 510/891-6500 for more information on grants program.

Please note that the grant cycle for 2018 is now closed.


Ongoing Grant Programs

Although the 2018 grant cycle has now ended, the following grants are not part of the annual grant cycle, and have ongoing applications until funds are expended.

Community Outreach Mini Grants

​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.  The Agency is soliciting applications from nonprofit organizations that have the capacity and desire to work with their local community, membership, or congregation to build awareness and engagement in reducing food waste at the household level.

There are two opportunities for funding under the Community Outreach Grants for Food Waste Reduction. Either $5,000 or $10,000 maximum request. Interested organizations are encouraged to apply to only one grant.

General Mini Grant Program

The Mini-Grant program is designed to provide small amounts of money, within a brief period of time, for a specific and limited purpose and open to all Alameda County based 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. $5,000 maximum request.

Reusable Transport Packaging Grants

Use Reusables is offering up to $5,000 per approved business or institution for the purchase of reusable transport packaging. Applications will be evaluated on a first come first serve basis until grant funds are expended. $25,000 is available for the 2015/16 Fiscal Year.

Please also view:

Additional Agency grant and incentive funding opportunities that are not part of this solicitation may be found at Agency Assistance and Funding.

External Funding Opportunities


Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund

  • Provides grants to innovative campus-community partnerships designed to improve the quality of life for Berkeley residents.
  • Berkeley-based collaborative projects that focus on the arts and culture, community safety, economic development, environmental stewardship and education are encouraged to apply.
  • Proposed projects must include at least one university and one Berkeley community partner.
  • Applications due December 10, 2018.

More information and application materials available here.

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