Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant


Get advice on your project and application:
Phone: (206) 684-7868
Email: wastefreegrants@seattle.gov 

For help in the following languages, contact ECOSS at joycelyn@ecoss.org or (206) 767-0432 ext. 1009:


Other SPU resources

Request a free waste reduction visit for help preventing waste at your business

Order free recycling, compost, and garbage posters and bin labels for your business

Request free educational materials and assistance and training to help your multifamily residents learn what to recycle and compost

Get free litter pick-up supplies and litter garbage pickup when you volunteer for the Adopt-A-Street program

Other funding opportunities

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Application Deadline: February 21, 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


We accept applications once a year.

Application deadline - February 21, 2020
Notice of decisions - April 2020
Agreements signed - July 2020
Projects completed - by December 2021

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.