The Clean Water Program’s annual Community Stewardship Grant Program provides funding for community-based projects that enhance and protect the health of local waterways. Proposed projects must be aimed at stormwater pollution prevention in Alameda County and contain a community or public outreach element. The 2014 grant cycle focuses on litter reduction projects in particular.
Eligible projects include (but are not limited to):
- Litter reduction projects
- Outreach and education projects about storm water pollution prevention such as proper household hazardous waste disposal, litter prevention, Integrated Pest Management, etc.
- Development and distribution of outreach materials, e.g. videos, newsletters, web sites, brochures, trainings, etc.
- Art projects
- Creekside restoration and re-vegetation projects
- Stormwater detention projects such as rain gardens, cisterns and bioswales
- Coastal and/or creek cleanups and other creek enhancement projects
- Wildlife habitat projects
Examples of projects funded in the past:
- After-school program teaching youth about watershed pollution prevention and involving kids in monthly cleanups and anti-litter at Alameda Point Collective.
- Rainwater garden and cistern installation at Day Park School in Oakland, including educational signage and tours of the garden and catchment system. More about this project.
- Storm water pollution prevention outreach to small businesses near Lake Merritt, delivered by students trained as “watershed ambassadors.” More about this project.
- Creek restoration, monitoring and cleanup as well as outreach to creek-side residents through the Alameda Creek Alliance’s StreamKeeper Program. More about this project.