Grants

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.

Download the 2014 application packet PDF | Word

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

View completed sample applications:
Sample 1: Alameda Creek Alliance (PDF)
Sample 2: Planting Justice (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:

  • 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.

View summary of projects funded in 2013 (PDF)
View summary of projects funded in 2012 (PDF)