Use Reusables (UR) Grants are for organizations that are planning to incorporate reusable packaging into their transport and distribution. Eligible projects include those that replace single- or limited-use transport packaging with durable pallets or bins, reusable pallet-wrap, expanded use of intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and other projects that significantly reduce expendable packaging.
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for a UR grant, you must be:
- an incorporated private company, non-profit organization, public agency, or institution;
- in compliance with all federal, state and local land use, regulatory and permit requirements.
To be eligible, your project must:
- focus on waste prevention, and specifically reusable transportation packaging;
- be implemented within six months of application, or have been implemented in the six months prior to application.
How Does It Work?
Award requests of up to $30,000 will be considered for projects that have the potential to reduce significant amounts of solid waste in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pilots out of the area—which have the intent for replication to the Bay Area—are eligible. Projects involving all types of packaging materials are eligible. Grant monies can be used to fund equipment costs, labor costs, and other costs that are essential to the implementation of the project, such as educational materials for employees or customers. Projects of all sizes are encouraged. 33% of funds are reserved for projects that are based in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area or California’s Central Valley.
How Do I Apply?
The Use Reusables project is not accepting applications at this time. A sample completed grant application is available for businesses seeking to learn more and to prepare for an upcoming grant cycle. A third grant cycle is anticipated to be released in late 2013. For more information, please email Reusables@StopWaste.Org or call 510-891-6500 and ask for the StopWaste Business Partnership team.
The Fine Print
Funding awarded through this grant solicitation will be issued pursuant to the requirements of the EPA Climate Showcase Communities Grant (CFDA NO.: 66.041) received by StopWaste.Org. Proposers with open, unfinished grants from this agency should contact their assigned grant manager prior to preparing a proposal for this awards program.