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 Clean Water Program is now accepting grant applications for 2016 projects. Deadline for submissions is April 14, 2016.

Download the 2016 application packet PDF | Word

View completed sample applications:
Sample 1: Alameda Boys & Girls Club (PDF)
Sample 2: Alameda Creek Alliance (PDF)

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:

  • Earth Team worked with students at San Lorenzo High School to plan and conduct two campus beautification events, including a trash assessment, litter cleanup and tree planting. More about this project.

  • Old Oakland Neighbors transformed ugly public trashcans into mosaic pieces of art, featuring local birds and plants, to discourage litter and beautify the neighborhood. More about this project.

  • 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.

  • The Alameda Creek Alliance led 460 volunteers in eleven restoration work days at Stonybrook Creek and Alameda Creek at Niles Staging Area in Fremont, and reached out to the larger community at events. More about this project.

View summary of projects funded in 2015 (PDF)
View summary of projects funded in 2014 (PDF)