The Clean Water Program’s annual "Community Stewardship Grant Program" provides funding for projects led by community-based groups that enhance and protect the health of local creeks, wetlands, lakes, beaches and other waterways in Alameda County. Proposed projects must be aimed at reducing pollutants that enter the storm drain system and end up in waterways such as litter, garden chemicals, automotive products etc. Projects must also contain a community or public outreach element.

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NOTE: The 2019 grant cycle will be announced in late April 2019. Sign up for Clean Water News (see sidebar on this page) to receive automatic notifications!

Download the 2017 application packet PDF | Word
Download the 2017 grants flyer PDF

View completed sample applications:
Sample 1: Golden Gate Audubon (PDF)
Sample 2: St. Paul's School (PDF)

Eligible projects include (but are not limited to):

  • Litter reduction projects
  • Outreach and education projects about storm water pollution prevention such as proper household hazardous waste disposal, litter prevention, Integrated Pest Management, etc.
  • Development and distribution of outreach materials, e.g. videos, newsletters, web sites, brochures, trainings, etc.
  • Art projects
  • Creekside restoration and re-vegetation projects
  • Stormwater detention projects such as rain gardens, cisterns and bioswales
  • Coastal and/or creek cleanups and other creek enhancement projects
  • Wildlife habitat projects

Examples of projects funded in the past:

Removing Toxic Microplastics from Albany Beach

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Albany Landfill Dog Owners Groups and Friends (ALDOG) organized 115 volunteers to remove 2,440 pounds of tiny plastic particles and other debris from Albany Beach during a one-day “Sift the Sand” event. More about this project.

Film: “Doing Our Part to Clean up San Francisco Bay”

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Golden Gate Audubon produced a 17-minute film with and for youth of diverse background, to inspire and motivate effective ecological stewardship of local wildlife. It was fimed at Martin Luther King, Jr. Shoreline in Oakland. More about this project.

Campus Beautification and Tree Planting in San Lorenzo

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Campus Beautification and Tree Planting in San Lorenzo

Earth Team worked with students at San Lorenzo High School to plan and conduct two campus beautification events, including a trash assessment, litter cleanup and tree planting. More about this project.

Cleaning up Oakland’s Sausal Creek and Watershed

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Cleaning up Oakland’s Sausal Creek and Watershed

Friends of Sausal Creek in Oakland helped volunteers at 15 creek and watershed sites organize workdays, student field trips, in-the-creek litter cleanups, and public trail stewardship events, drawing 1,283 participants. More about this project.

The Eco-Oakland Program

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The Eco-Oakland Program

Golden Gate Audubon engaged seven East Oakland elementary school classes in learning about watersheds, local wildlife and stewardship through classroom lessons and field trips. More about this project.

View summary of projects funded in 2017 (PDF)
View summary of projects funded in 2016 (PDF)