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Waste Reduction Grant Opportunities

A StopWaste grant recipient created a pilot program providing reusable to-go cup service for cafes and their customers.

StopWaste is currently accepting applications for a range of grant opportunities with total funding up to $475k available to both nonprofits and businesses, aimed at increasing individual, business, and community involvement in the reduction of waste in Alameda County. Areas of focus can be on waste prevention, reuse, and recovery of goods and materials, as well as development, marketing, and use of recovered products.

Proposed projects must be located in and/or serve the residents and/or businesses of Alameda County. Applicants with open StopWaste grants must check with their grant managers to assess eligibility to apply for additional grant funding.

Applications submitted after 5 pm on March 15, 2021, will not be accepted. Please contact, 510-891-6522, for questions. 

Grant Timeline and Process

  • Grants Open:                                           Monday, February 1, 2021  
  • Grant Applications Due:                         March 15, 2021
  • Review & Selection:                                March 16 - May 1, 2021
  • Grantees Announced:                             May 1, 2021
  • Grant Funding Agreements Executed: June 15, 2021

Grants Available For 2021

Only one grant application per organization is permitted. Applicant is required to select the grant type that best aligns with their project.


Available to nonprofits and businesses, these grants fund innovative projects that prevent waste through reuse, repair, deconstruction, redistribution, product or process redesign, recovery, and other ways that keep goods and other materials out of disposal or recycling. The goal is to conserve natural resources and stimulate economic activity in the reuse and recovery sectors. Up to $20,000 per grant.

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Available to nonprofits and businesses, these grants fund innovative pilots and projects that prevent edible food from going to compost or landfill by recovering and redistributing it to feed people, or by preventing the production of surplus edible food through product or process redesign. The goal is to reduce the amount of surplus edible food generated and/or to donate surplus food. Up to $20,000 per grant.

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The Surplus Food Donation Equipment Grant focus area, provides funding to support the recovery or donation of surplus edible food that would otherwise go to waste, thereby increasing capacity for businesses to donate food and/or organizations to receive more food, safely transport and distribute food for donation. Up to $10,000 per grant.

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Available to nonprofits and business organizations, these grants fund equipment to replace limited-life packaging used in manufacturing, transportation and/or distribution, with reusable / durable alternatives. Funds help cover the upfront reusable equipment costs. Once reusables are in place, organizations often see long-term cost savings by eliminating (or significantly reducing) ongoing costs for boxes, pallets, pallet wrap, dunnage, etc. Up to $10,000 per grant.

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Grantee Highlights


Improving the Quality of Life of People and our Planet

In the developing world, more than 10 million children under the age of five die from inadequate medical care every year. At the same time,  hospitals in the United States generate over two million tons of medical waste annually. Much of that waste is unused, unexpired medical supplies and equipment.