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Reuse & Repair Grants

These grants fund innovative projects that incorporate reuse, repair, deconstruction, product or process redesign, reduction, recovery, and redistribution of 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. View all previously funded Reuse & Repair Grant projects.

Who can apply

  • This grant is available to nonprofit and for-profit organizations. 
  • Organizations with open grants will need to contact current grant manager to assess repeat funding eligibility.

Eligible projects

  • Projects must support reuse, repair, recovery and/or redistribution activities (not food waste related). 
  • Projects must be located in and/or serve the residents and/or businesses of Alameda County. 

Non-eligible projects

  • Recycling or composting-based projects are not eligible for funding.
  • Projects that recycle waste materials into new materials, products, or compost do not qualify for funding. 

Funding amounts

Up to $25,000 per grant request.

 

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Grant Application Timeline

Applications Due: March 14, 2024
Grant Awards Announced: May 22, 2024


Grantee Highlights

Volunteer altering dining table to better fit new home.

Make It Home Bay Area

Make It Home Bay Area furnishes homes for those transitioning out of crisis or homelessness with donated, gently used furniture and household goods. With a StopWaste Reuse & Repair grant, the nonprofit rented storage space in Alameda County and hired an additional staff member to move closer to in-county donors and clients and increase the amount of furniture they can repurpose for local needs.

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Resource Area for Teaching

RAFT upcycles donations of surplus materials headed to the landfill into STEAM Project Kits for hands-on, creative science learning and other low-cost teaching supplies, available to educators and guardians throughout the Bay Area. A Reuse Grant from StopWaste enabled RAFT to uplift under-resourced schools in Alameda County with their clever and inspiring STEAM Project Kits as well as other materials and service free of charge.

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Civicorps: Bridging the Digital Divide with Upcycled Computers

Founded in Oakland almost 40 years ago, Civicorps runs an extensive job training program for young adults lacking career skills and opportunities, with paid positions in land management and resource conservation. Through a partnership with Oakland-based nonprofit, Tech Exchange, and with support from a StopWaste grant, Corpsmembers have now branched out into the computer industry, refurbishing donated, used computers for East Bay families.

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