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StopWaste Grants

StopWaste offers a variety of grants to provide funding for projects that reflect the Agency's guiding principles. This page covers the 2019 Grants for Waste Reduction for larger projects that focus on upstream (waste prevention) activities with a deadline of March 1, 2019. The Agency also offers smaller grants ($5,000 - $10,000) that are available through June 30, 2019 or until funds expended. For more information on our smaller, wide-ranging grants click here.

2019 Grants for Waste Reduction

Available to non-profit and for-profit organizations, this grant program funds innovative projects that incorporate reuse, repair, deconstruction, product or process redesign, reduction, recovery, and redistribution of food, goods, and other materials. The goal is to minimize the need for disposal or recycling, and instead foster waste reduction to support environmental sustainability and conservation of natural resources, and stimulate economic activity in the reuse and recovery sectors.

  • Grants are available from $20,000-$50,000 with different funding tiers for the support of existing operations and newly developed concepts and partnerships.
  • Grant recipients must be based in or have programs benefiting Alameda County.
  • Deadline for the submission of funding proposal concepts is Friday, March 1, 2019 by 5pm.

Project Focus Areas:

1. Food Waste Reduction

Grants in this category support new or expanded food waste prevention or donation efforts for grant requests of $20,000 – $50,000 ($100,000 available for focus area). Food recovery for human consumption projects only, composting-based projects are not eligible.  Maximum funding request must include projects that involve multiple partners, and/or increased prevention or recovery of food to feed people.

Grant Project Example:  StopWaste grant funding enabled the Alameda County Community Food Bank to expand their Grocery Rescue Program (GRP) by launching a real-time donation pilot to increase recovery of food donations, including prepared food.  

Click here for details on this grant category and to view more examples.

2. Reuse, Repair, and Redistribution

Grants in this category support reuse/repair/recovery/redistribution activities (not food waste related) for grant request of  $20,000 - $50,000 ($200,000 available for focus area). Recycling-based projects that recycle waste materials into new materials or products are not eligible for funding.  Maximum funding request must include new or expanded projects that involve multiple partners and focus on at least one of these areas of source reduction: reuse, repair, deconstruction, product or process redesign, and redistribution of goods or other materials.

Grant Project Example: For-profit Surplus Service in Fremont processes unwanted electronics from businesses and government agencies with a focus on reuse. StopWaste grant funding allowed them to set up systems to refurbish rather than recycle LCD monitors.

Click here for details on this grant category and to view more examples.

Grant Application Process:

StopWaste requests that applicants submit a grant concept proposal outlining the project idea. This preliminary screening tool helps StopWaste evaluate a grant concept and the applicant’s capacity to carry out the proposed grant in a successful manner and ensure the concept meets the Agency’s grant consideration criteria. Only proposals that have been identified as meeting the criteria and align with the Agency’s guiding principles will be invited to submit a full grant application.  

  • Proposals are due MARCH 1, 2019 at 5pm – no exceptions, no late proposals accepted. 
  • Please remember your project must be located in and/or serve the residents of Alameda County to be eligible.  Municipalities are not eligible to receive funding but may partner with a lead applicant for proposed project.

Submit Grant Concept Proposal

Grant Award Timeline

January 22, 2019 Grant Concept Proposal announced.
March 1, 2019   Grant Concept Proposals due.
March 22, 2019   Successful Concept Proposals selected.
March 25, 2019   Invitation to submit Grant Application distributed to selected grantees.
April 22, 2019   Grant Applications submitted for review.
May 20, 2019   Grantees notified of award.
June 30, 2019 Grant contracts in place.

Please direct all questions to Meri Soll, StopWaste Senior Program Manager, (510) 891-6500 or 

External Funding Opportunities

Altamont Education Advisory Board Grant Services


  • Environmental education programs that serve schools
  • Non-formal environmental education programs, serving students K-12
  • Community-based environmental education programs
  • Job training programs in the field of waste diversion and recycling
  • Applications due March 1, 2019.

Click for more information.


CalRecycle Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program

  • Applications are due Thursday, February 28, 2019

Click for more information.


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