The Grants Program provides funding to organizations for innovative projects that will increase individual and community involvement in reuse, recover, source reduction and recycling efforts, decrease the amount of waste generated and sent to the County's three landfills, and encourage the development, marketing and use of recycled products. The anticipated long-term benefits to Alameda County are protection of the environment, conservation of natural resources, extension of the life of the landfills, and the stimulation of economic activity through the growth of conservation-related practices.
To be eligible for funding, proposers:
- Must be based in Alameda County, divert discarded materials generated in Alameda County, or involve educational campaigns targeting Alameda County residents or businesses.
- Must be a private nonprofit organization with federal, tax-exempt status under section 501(c). The exception to this is for the Food Waste Reduction and Reuse grant focus areas, which have funding available for both for-profit and non-profit entities.
- Must be in compliance with all federal, state and local land use, regulatory and permit requirements.
- Must not duplicate existing StopWaste programs or services.
Contact Meri Soll at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510/891-6500 for more information on grants program.
Please note that the grant cycle for 2018 is now closed.
Ongoing Grant Programs
Although the 2018 grant cycle has now ended, the following grants are not part of the annual grant cycle, and have ongoing applications until funds are expended.
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.
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.
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.
Please also view:
- Grants - Financial & Reporting Overview
- Sample Funding Agreement
- Sample Budget Template
- Previously Funded Grants
Additional Agency grant and incentive funding opportunities that are not part of this solicitation may be found at Agency Assistance and Funding.
2018 Grant Focus Areas
Please note that the 2018 grant cycle has now closed.
The purpose of the reuse grant is to support the viability of reuse organizations; thereby extending the life of products and materials while reducing the environmental impacts and supporting community organizations in Alameda. Grant funding is intended to support reuse organizations that foster creative and productive projects that reuse materials over again in its current form without significant processing that alters its material structure.
The focus of the grant area is to provide a municipality with the opportunity to work with a local nonprofit to implement a diversion program that otherwise may not be implemented due to lack of resources. Grant funding goes directly to the nonprofit entity who implements the project on behalf of the municipality.
Non Priority Focus Areas:
Priority is given to the above focus areas, however funding may be available for other project areas listed below: