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StopWaste Grant Program Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for funding, proposers:

  • Must be in compliance with all federal, state and local land use, regulatory and permit requirements.
  • Projects must not duplicate existing Agency programs or services.
  • Projects must be based in Alameda County, divert discarded materials generated in Alameda County, or involve educational campaigns targeting Alameda County residents or businesses.
  • If applicant is a private nonprofit organization proof of federal, tax-exempt status under section 501 (c ) required.
  • If applicant is a for profit entity, valid business license required.

All applicants must possess insurance that meets the following requirements:

  • REQUIRED: Comprehensive general liability insurance, including personal injury liability, blanket contractual liability, and broad-form property damage liability coverage. The combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage shall be not less than $2,000,000.
  • REQUIRED: Automobile bodily injury and property damage liability insurance covering owned, non-owned, rented, and hired cars. The combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage shall be not less than $1,000,000.
  • REQUIRED: Statutory workers' compensation and employer's liability insurance as required by state law.

Projects Not Eligible

Projects requesting less than $5,000. The Agency offers a Mini Grant funding program which offers funding to a wide variety of potential applicants who need access to relatively small amounts of money (up to $5,000) for a specific and limited purpose. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the program remains active until all funds have been dispersed for the fiscal year. 

Schools: Public and Private. Public and for profit private schools are not eligible for funding through the Grants grant program. StopWaste has a dedicated schools program that includes a variety of resources to implement the 4Rs in schools. Contact Angelina Vergara at (510) 891-6500 for more information.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds

Grant funds through this program may not be used for the following purposes:

  • Funding for any staffing position (full or part time) in excess of 50%.
  • Repayment of existing debt or pre-existing tax liens or obligations.
  • Payment of organizational overhead exceeding 15% of project budget.
  • Legal fees.
  • Loan or bank fees.
  • Subsidization of existing contracts.
  • Fines or penalties.
  • Payment for any activities before contract execution.

General Conditions

Applicants will be expected to estimate the quantity of materials that will be recycled, reused, recovered, re-distributed or otherwise diverted. Education and outreach programs are expected to estimate the number of people educated through various means.

Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with existing StopWaste programs and priorities before submitting applications. We are looking for projects that build upon existing efforts but that are not duplicative of current programs and projects. The StopWaste website and Source Reduction and Recycling Plan contain information on current programs conducted by the Agency.

Proposers are strongly encouraged to contact Meri Soll at (510) 891-6500 or for more information on the program PRIOR to submitting an application. Food Waste Reduction grant requests should be directed to Cassie Bartholomew at

All materials submitted become the property of StopWaste, and will not be returned. Funds awarded are public funds and any information submitted or generated is subject to public disclosure requirements. In specific instances, certain financial information may be deemed confidential and not subject to public disclosure. Prior arrangements may be made for the return of such information.

This packet may be modified at any time during the application period and may, where necessary, allow applicants adequate time to submit additional requested information. StopWaste reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to waive minor irregularities in submittal requirements, to request modifications of the proposal, to accept or reject any or all proposals received, to grant full or partial funding of any request, and/or to cancel all or part of this grant solicitation at any time prior to awards.

Each applicant understands that there is no appeal process for proposals that are not accepted for funding and that all decisions are final.

Any equipment funded at $15,000 or more will be subject to a lien filed by the Recycling Board.