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Grant FAQs


My proposed project focuses on recycling and/or composting; which focus area should I submit the application to?

Recycling and composting based projects ARE NOT eligible for this grant funding.

There are multiple focus areas, can I submit a grant application to more than one focus areas?

No. Applicants can only submit ONE application to ONE focus area.

Can previously awarded StopWaste grantees apply for grant funding?

Yes. Please note that organizations and businesses with open grants must contact their grant manager to assess if they are eligible for additional funding.

If my business or nonprofit is located outside of Alameda County but provides services in Alameda County, can we apply for funding?

Entities located outside of Alameda County are eligible for grant funding if their projects are based in and/or prevent waste in Alameda County.

Can for-profit businesses apply for funding?

Yes, both for-profit and non-profit organizations can apply for funding with the exception of Surplus Food Donation equipment grant funding which is only available for nonprofit entities.

Can religious organizations (e.g., church, synagogue, etc.) apply for a grant?

Yes, any religious organization in Alameda County with a 501(c) (non-profit) designation can apply. 

Can schools apply?

No, K-12 private and public schools/districts are not eligible to receive grant funding directly. However, businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to create partnerships with schools and districts to implement a project that fits into one of the current grant focus areas. For schools-related support, contact Angelina Vergara at Please note, the Altamont Education Advisory Board has a 4Rs grant program for Alameda County schools and educators, applications due March 4, 2022 details available here

Can an Alameda County government facility/department apply for funding?

No, Alameda County municipalities are not eligible for funding.

Are institutions eligible to apply?

Yes, institutions are eligible. StopWaste considers entities such as research labs, health care facilities, colleges, universities, and fairgrounds.

If my proposal is awarded funding, when can we begin work, and when should the project be completed?

Funding agreements will be executed by June 30, 2022, and project work can begin after the agreement has been executed. In general, we strive for project completion within a one-year timeframe (June 30, 2023). However, projects that identify a need for a longer implementation timeframe may be approved on a case-by-case basis.         


Do I need to have insurance to be awarded funding from this grant program?

Yes, applicants must maintain insurance documentation that meets the Agency’s minimum criteria, please review requirements.

Can an organization utilize a Fiscal Sponsor to apply for grant funding?

Yes, but you must utilize a Fiscal Sponsor that meets the following definition:  

Fiscal Sponsor an official fiscal sponsorship arrangement where the fiscal sponsor accepts tax deductible donations and grants on behalf of the sponsored project/organization. The sponsor accepts responsibility for the use of those funds and ensures the funds are used per the proposed project and utilized for charitable purposes, along with any additional grantor restrictions. To ensure this is not merely a pass-through of charitable dollars from the 501(c)(3) to the project, the IRS requires that the sponsor have “complete discretion and control” over the funds.

Please contact Meri Soll at for approval to utilize a Fiscal Sponsor in advance of submitting your application.

Can I use the grant funds to pay for a new employee/position/payroll to implement the proposed grant?

Yes, however grant funding for any staffing position (full or part time) cannot be in excess of 50% of the budgeted salary or pay for that employee/position. This rule does not apply to contractor positions which can be 100% paid for with grant funds.  

Is there a way to get feedback on the viability of a project before I submit an application?

Yes, we encourage applicants to reach out to discuss proposals/project idea, please contact Meri Soll at

Specific Focus Area Questions

Reusable Foodware Pilot Projects

Is funding for Reusable Foodware Pilot Project Grants only available to those on the approved vendor list?

The funding is available to organizations that are not on the approved vendor list. We strongly encourage partnerships and have pre-qualified the reusable foodware-related services that responded to our RFQ. If you are looking for a partner, this list is a great place to start! Providers on the list may also apply directly.

My restaurant would like to switch from single use disposable containers to reusable ones. Is this project eligible for pilot grant funding?

If you are looking for a small funding amount to purchase reusable foodware items for a single business or organization, consider our $500 rebate and assistance program. More information here.

Surplus Food Donation Equipment

What types of equipment are eligible for this grant funding focus area?

Refrigerators, freezers, combination refrigerator & freezer units, storage shelving, reusable totes or bins, hot/cold boxes or packs, reusable cooler/pan carriers, reusable pallets/strapping, thermal blankets, dollies, utility carts, pallet jacks, scales (weighing equipment), cooking or food serving supplies; shipping & handling costs are eligible.

Please note: Costs related to labor and installation of equipment are not eligible for funding.
Vehicles/trucks are not eligible for funding under this grant but can be requested under the Food Waste Recovery and Prevention Grants.

Reusable Transport Packaging Grants

What types of equipment are eligible for this grant funding focus area?

Funding is for equipment to support the switch from single- or limited-use packaging used in manufacturing, transportation, and/or distribution—to durable, reusable alternatives designed for many years of use. Typical examples of eligible equipment include, but not limited to: durable plastic totes to replace cardboard shipping boxes, reusable mesh pallet wraps to replace disposable plastic wrap to secure pallet loads, durable pallets to replace typical wood pallets, durable intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) to replace single use gaylords/pallets. Contact for guidance relating to eligible equipment.

Food Waste Prevention and Recovery Grants

Can the Food Waste Prevention & Recovery grant be used to fund aspects of a food pantry?

Yes, support for food pantries and donation centers are eligible project activities.

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