FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2015
Jim Scanlin, Clean Water Program
To view this release online visit www.cleanwaterprogram.org/news
Clean Water Program Now Accepting Grant Applications
Funding Available for Projects that Reduce Litter in Local Waterways
Alameda County, CA—The Clean Water Program is inviting applications for its 2015 Community Stewardship Grants, designed to facilitate community-based actions that enhance and protect the health of local waterways. Proposed projects must be aimed at storm water pollution prevention in Alameda County and contain a community or public outreach element.
This year’s grant cycle focuses on litter reduction projects in particular.
Funding requests between $1,000 and $5,000 per project will be considered, for a total available budget of $25,000. Eligible applicants include teacher and student groups, youth organizations, homeowners associations, community groups, environmental groups and other non-profit organizations. Deadline for submissions is April 13, 2015. The application packet can be downloaded at www.cleanwaterprogram.org/grants.
“Litter is posing a serious threat to the health of our creeks, wetlands and the Bay. With the help of our annual community stewardship grants, we can tap into the expertise and creativity of groups right here in Alameda County to help us protect our local waterways,” explained Clean Water Program Manager Jim Scanlin.
Since the late 1990s, the annual grants program has funded over 100 grassroots projects. Activities aimed at litter reduction range from creek and beach cleanups, trash can installations and beautification efforts, to youth empowerment, community outreach and education. Outreach methods include art projects, events, trainings, videos and printed materials, among others.
Sample projects funded in recent years:
- Earth Team worked with Oakland High School students to collect litter data and to develop their own campaigns to educate their peers and communities about litter prevention.
- The Watershed Project trained elementary students in Albany as “Green Champions” to reach out to parents, teams and leagues at sporting fields about litter from single-use bottles and snack food wrappers.
- Park Day School in Oakland installed a rainwater garden and cistern, developed educational signage and organized tours of the garden and catchment system.
For more information about the Clean Water Program Community Stewardship Grants and projects funded in the past, and to download an application packet, please visit www.cleanwaterprogram.org/grants.
About the Clean Water Program
Made up of agencies from around Alameda County, the Clean Water Program has been working since 1991 to facilitate local compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act. Member agencies include the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro and Union City, the County of Alameda, the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and the Zone 7 Water Agency.
The Program reaches out to residents and businesses throughout the county, helping people understand why having clean and healthy waterways is important to our daily lives, and what role each of us plays in protecting local creeks, wetlands and the Bay. Fostering an appreciation of the local environment, the Program inspires residents to do their part to prevent water pollution during everyday activities like gardening, household cleaning, and keeping their cars in good shape. The Program’s free publications and consultations help business owners and managers understand water pollution prevention regulations that affect them, and adopt best practices to stay in compliance.
For more information about the Clean Water Program visit www.cleanwaterprogram.org.