StopWaste is offering Waste Prevention Grant Opportunities with a total of $700,000 available in funding. They are available for non-profits, businesses, and institutions for projects aimed on preventing waste in Alameda County and supporting local communities in these categories:
- Reuse & Repair (up to $20,000)
- Food Waste Prevention & Recovery (up to $20,000)
- Reusable Foodware Pilot Projects ($5,000 to $50,000)
- Surplus Food Donation Equipment (nonprofits only, up to $10,000)
- Reusable Transport Packaging (up to $10,000)
The Waste Prevention Grant Opportunities is searching for innovative and creative ways to reduce and eliminate waste, which is a change from grants primarily replenishing cash flow of small businesses.
The full description package explains each of the categories of grants with examples of previous grant awardees.
I find the Reusable Foodware Pilot Projects with grants ranging from $5,000 – $50,000 to be very interesting. The planet is really suffering from all the take-out food packaging and plastic utensils and dishes. This large grant range is trying to draw out creative minds and outstanding solutions. Now is the time to be creative.
The grant application requires a plan and budget. This is not an overnight application, so start now. Consider that a great idea with a plan can lead to a whole new product, business line or business.
Do take advantage of the offer of advising services by the StopWaste staff overseeing each grant category.
Do not get overwhelmed by all the options this grant offering makes. You can only apply for one grant in one of the categories. Prioritization and evaluation of your ideas will be critical.