Skip to main content

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. 
  • 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 $20,000 per grant request.

The 2023 grant application window is now closed.

Submissions were due on March 3, 2023

Grantees Announced: May 19, 2023

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.

Read More

MedShare: Improving the Lives of People and Our Planet

Medshare is a nonprofit that works with hospitals, distributors, and manufacturers in Alameda County and beyond to collect and redistribute medical products to healthcare facilities in medically underserved communities overseas as well as locally. StopWaste grants have supported their efforts to divert millions of pounds of medical material from the landfill.

Read more

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.

Read more