Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant

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Additional Information

Application Deadline: Closed for 2020

SPU's Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant launched in 2018. We fund community-initiated and led waste prevention projects.

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.


  • We have a total annual fund of $100,000 to award
  • Grant requests may range from $3,000 to $20,000 per project

Learn about projects we funded in past grant cycles


The 2020 application period is now closed. 

Please check back in January for the next application deadline.

Who should apply

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

What we fund

1. Your project must increase waste prevention through starting a new project or expanding an existing activity. We do not fund projects focused on recycling, off-site composting, or litter clean-up.

2. Your project must take place within Seattle City Limits or have a direct impact on Seattle's waste stream.

3. Your project must include one or more of the following focus areas: 

Innovation: Test or expand new approaches, develop new technologies, or bring new waste prevention opportunities to Seattle.

Community Engagement: Effectively engage communities of color, immigrants, refugees, low-income, people with disabilities, seniors, young adults, youth, children, and/or small businesses.

Community Benefits: Help Seattle communities, such as providing free or low-cost resources or job training for homeless and low-income community members.