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Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant

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Additional Information

Application Deadline: March 24, 2023 

SPU's Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant launched in 2018. We have funded four grant cycles to support 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.

Funding:

  • We have a total fund of $200,000 to award for each two-year grant cycle
  • Grant requests may range from $3,000 to $40,000 per project
  • There is a 25% match requirement. Examples: $40,000 grant + $10,000 match = $50,000 total project budget.
  • Grant awards are paid on a reimbursement basis. Award recipients may request up to 10% of the total grant award in advance to support project start-up costs.

Learn about projects we funded in past grant cycles

Schedule

Applications Due: March 24, 2023
Notice of Decisions: May 2023
Agreements with the City signed: July 2023
Work Completed & Invoiced: By June 30, 2025

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. Activities must increase waste prevention. We do not fund projects focused on recycling, off-site composting, or litter clean-up.

2. Activities must take place within Seattle city limits or have a direct impact on waste in Seattle.

3. Activities must advance one or more of the following priorities:

  • Innovation: Test or expand new approaches or technologies, or bring new waste prevention opportunities to Seattle
  • Expand Equitable Access and Participation: Effectively engage historically and currently excluded communities in waste prevention activities. Examples of priority communities include Indigenous peoples, African Americans, immigrants, refugees, low-income, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA2+, seniors, young adults, youth, children, and/or small businesses.
  • Increase Equitable Community Benefits: Increase waste prevention benefits available to historically and currently excluded communities, such as providing free or low-cost resources or job training for people experiencing homelessness or food insecurity

 

 

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Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is comprised of three major direct-service providing utilities: the Water Utility, the Drainage and Wastewater Utility, and the Solid Waste Utility.