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The following are grants and funding programs specific to schools and the environment.

Community Composting for Green Spaces Grant

CalRecycle’s competitive grant program is provided to increase the number of community groups operating small-scale composting programs in green spaces within disadvantaged and low-income communities, and to increase the capacity of those composting programs.

Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant

CalRecycle’s competitive grant program assists in lowering overall greenhouse gas emissions by establishing new or expanding existing food waste prevention projects (source reduction or food rescue for people) in California by reducing the amount of food being disposed in landfills. 

Reuse Grant Program

CalRecycle’s piloted a new program in fiscal year 2019-2020. Reuse is the second highest tier in the waste management hierarchy of "reduce, reuse, recycle" and plays a vital role in reducing overall waste generation. Investment in reuse is needed for waste reduction projects.

Tire-Derived Product Grant

CalRecycle’s Tire-Derived Product (TDP) Grant program promotes markets for recycled-content products derived from waste tires generated in California. Tire-derived products are used for a variety of applications, including as a playground surface and mulch (chips, bark), and storm water mitigation measures.

Clean Mobility in Schools

The California Air Resources Board’s Clean Mobility in Schools (CMiS) is a pilot grant program that supports a variety of projects promoting zero-emission transportation options for students, parents, and staff members. CMiS is part of the Clean Transportation Equity Projects.

Clean School Bus Replacement Program

The California Air Resources Board offers several financial incentives to increase the number of clean school buses in operation and to drive the development of cleaner technologies by speeding up their adoption by school fleet owners.

Farm to School Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual competitive grant program supports planning, developing, and implementing farm to school programs and activities. USDA’s Farm to School grants are an important way to help state, regional, and local organizations as they initiate, expand, and institutionalize farm to school efforts.

Coca-Cola Recycling Bin Grant

A grant partnership between Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola Foundation to support recycling in communities by providing bins to expand recycling opportunities in public spaces.  

Waste Reduction Grants

StopWaste offers a range of grant opportunities on an annual basis to both non-profits and businesses, aimed at increasing individual, business, and community involvement in the reduction of waste in Alameda County.