Seattle Public Utilities

Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant

Seattle Public Utilities is now accepting applications for matching grants for community projects focused on waste prevention. Waste prevention means creating less waste by buying and using less, using reusable items, and sharing or donating items so others can use them. When we prevent waste, we help the environment, protect public health, build community, and save money.

Grant program objectives:

  • Support community leadership and innovation around waste prevention
  • Increase community access to waste prevention opportunities
  • Reduce the amount of materials going to waste in Seattle


  • There is a total fund of $100,000 to award for the 2018-19 grant cycle.
  • Grant requests may range from $2,000 to $15,000.


Application deadline - February 23, 2018
Notice of decisions - April 2018
Contracts with City signed - By July 2018
Work begins - Summer or Fall 2018
Work completed within 12 months of the project start date

Who should apply

  • Nonprofits
  • Community & neighborhood groups
  • Businesses
  • Schools, colleges & universities
  • Institutions (such as health care or housing)
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Youth and children’s programs
  • Individuals age 18 or over