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Ongoing Grant Programs

Community Outreach Mini Grants

​The Community Outreach Grant program is designed to help reduce the amount of organics, specifically edible food, going to landfill by providing varying amounts of funding to nonprofit organizations who provide services to, or whose members are comprised of residents in Alameda County.  The Agency is soliciting applications from nonprofit organizations that have the capacity and desire to work with their local community, membership, or congregation to build awareness and engagement in reducing food waste at the household level.

There are two opportunities for funding under the Community Outreach Grants for Food Waste Reduction. Either $5,000 or $10,000 maximum request. Interested organizations are encouraged to apply to only one grant.

General Mini Grant Program

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.

Reusable Transport Packaging Grants

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 2018/19 Fiscal Year.

Free Indoor Green Bins for Businesses

Composting is now mandatory for many businesses and institutions in Alameda County. To make it easier for businesses to collect food scraps, food-soiled paper and plant debris, StopWaste is offering free indoor green bins, up to a $500 value per approved business. Choose from a variety of container and lid options in different sizes, provided by three pre-selected vendors. Funds are limited – apply online now at

Reusable Food Service Ware Rebates

StopWaste is offering up to $500 in rebates toward the purchase of reusable food service ware for businesses and schools that participate in the ReThink Disposable program.

How2Recycle Label Grants

How2Recycle is an on-package recycling label that provides clear and consistent recycling instructions to consumers. Funding of up to $4,000 is available to cover first year licensing costs for businesses that adopt the How2Recycle label for their packaging. Eligible applicants include brand owners, packaging manufacturers, and retailers operating in Alameda County. Technical assistance is available; contact Justin Lehrer for more information.




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Additional Agency grant and incentive funding opportunities that are not part of this solicitation may be found at Agency Assistance and Funding.