Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant

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Additional Information

Application Deadline: April 16, 2021

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 fund of $200,000 to award
  • Grant requests may range from $3,000 to $40,000 per project

Learn about projects we funded in past grant cycles


Applications Due: April 16, 2021
Notice of Decisions: By mid-June
Agreements with the City signed: August 2021
Work Completed & Invoiced: By June 30, 2023

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. Activities must prevent waste. We do not fund projects focused on recycling, off-site composting, or litter clean-up.

2. Activities must take place within Seattle City Limits or have a direct impact on Seattle's waste stream.

3. Activities must fall within one of the following categories: 

Category 1: New/Expanded Waste Prevention Activities

Category 1 proposals must focus on new or expanded waste prevention activities and must incorporate 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.

Category 2: COVID Recovery Support for Ongoing Waste Prevention Programs, Projects, and Operations

For the 2021-23 grant cycle only, SPU is expanding the grant program to fund ongoing waste prevention programs, projects, and operations affected by COVID. This support is intended to help sustain waste prevention-focused businesses and organizations experiencing financial hardship due to COVID.