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.
The Program plans to release the next request for projects in March 2015.
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.