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Applications for SPU’s Waste-Free Community Matching Grants are now open!

Seattle Public Utilities is excited to announce that applications for our Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant are now open! Awards up to $20,000 are available and applications are due by Feb. 21, 2020.

Waste prevention means creating less waste so fewer materials go into the recycling, composting, and landfill. We can prevent waste by buying and using less, reusing items, and sharing or donating items so others can use them.

As a national leader in waste prevention, SPU developed the Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant to support community and business leadership and innovation around preventing waste, increase community access to waste prevention benefits and opportunities, reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, conserve resources, and reduce the amount of materials that go to waste in Seattle.

In addition to preventing waste, the grant committee is looking for projects that include one or more of the following focus areas: (1) Innovation – such as testing out a new business idea; (2) Community Engagement – such as educating and engaging communities of color, small businesses, or young adults; or (3) Community Benefits – such as creating jobs, increasing youth leadership development, or helping communities save money.

Have a new community project or business idea in mind, or are you ready to take your current project to the next level? Don’t wait! Up to $20,000 could be waiting to make your idea a reality. Grant applications are due by Feb. 21, 2020. Applications are available in several languages and may be submitted in print or video format. They may also be submitted in your preferred language. SPU will provide translation/interpretation.

There is a total fund of $100,000 to award for the 2020-2021 grant cycle, and projects must meet a 50% match requirement.

Learn more and get inspiration from past projects on our website: