Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant

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Additional Information

Application Deadline: March 24, 2023 (tentative)

SPU's Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant launched in 2018. We have funded four grant cycles to support 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 for each two-year grant cycle
  • Grant requests may range from $3,000 to $40,000 per project

Learn about projects we funded in past grant cycles


Applications Due: March 24, 2023 (tentative)
Notice of Decisions: May 2023
Agreements with the City signed: July 2023
Work Completed & Invoiced: By June 30, 2025

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.

3. Activities 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.