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Grants to Nonprofits

The Recycling Board has awarded grants through the Grants to Nonprofits program for the past 20 years via an open Request for Proposal process. This fiscal year we have a variety of grants available. Please take a moment to review the available funding resources, and note that each grant program has a separate application and review process.

PLEASE NOTE: A nonprofit can only request funding from one grant category. Organizations can NOT submit multiple grant requests to several grant programs. For instance, you can not apply for both a Reuse Operating Grant and a Nonprofit Competitive Grant in the same fiscal year.  (Charity Thrift Block grant applicants are an exception – Charity Thrifts may apply for a Charity Thrift Block Grant and ONE other grant).

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

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Grants with Deadlines

Competitive Grants

Application are closed for 2017.

Funding via the competitive grants program is available to nonprofit entities for innovative projects that increase individual and community involvement in source reduction and recycling efforts, decrease the amount of waste generated and sent to the County’s landfills, and encourage the development, marketing and use of recycled products. While no maximum award amounts have been set, grants are typically expected to be in the range of $25,000- $65,000. Proposals requesting higher levels of funding are scrutinized for impacts commensurate with the grant request. 

Reuse Operating Grants

Application are closed for 2017.

Reuse Operating Grants are available for nonprofits who have reuse projects in-place that are in need of funding for staff salaries and supplies related to promotions, educational and outreach programs and/or collection improvements.  $15,000 grant maximum request.


Food Waste Prevention Grants

Application are closed for 2017.

Funds are available for innovative and replicable food waste prevention and/or food recovery projects for both commercial and institutional kitchens as well as for nonprofits involved in the recovery of food. $20,000 maximum request.

Ongoing Grants

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.

Charity Thrift Block Grant Program 

This block grant was developed by the Waste Management Authority Board in 1998 in response to requests by local charity thrifts to provide partial relief from high disposal expenses due largely to illegal dumping. The Charity Thrift Block Grant is intended for Alameda County Charity thrift 501(c)(3) corporations (or distinct operating units or division of such a corporation) that reuses and recycles donated goods or materials and receives more than 50% of its revenues from the handling and sale of those donated goods or materials. $15,000 maximum request.


Additional Documents

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


Altamont Education Advisory Board Grants Program

  • 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

Details and Applications available here (Due Friday, March 2nd, 2018)

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