The Clean Water Program’s 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. Grant amounts typically range from $500 to $5,000 per funded project.

cleanup volunteers

Photo: Mary Spicer


View completed sample applications:
(Note: The 2020 application format is slightly different from the 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 addressing litter reduction/prevention, household hazardous waste disposal, Integrated Pest Management, etc.
  • Development and distribution of outreach materials, e.g. videos, newsletters, brochures, events, etc.
  • Public art projects
  • Creekside restoration/re-vegetation projects, creek cleanup and enhacement projects
  • Stormwater detention projects such as rain gardens, cisterns and bioretention areas
  • Coastal and/or creek cleanups and other creek enhancement projects
  • Wildlife habitat enhancement projects

Who can apply?

  • Teachers and Student Groups
  • Youth Organizations
  • Community Groups
  • Homeowner associations
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Environmental Groups

Examples of projects funded in the past:

On-the-Water Estuary Cleanup

I Heart Estuary profile imageOn-the-Water Estuary Cleanup

I Heart Oakland-Alameda Estuary is a group of watersports enthusiasts who have been using their skills and equipment to organize cleanups of the estuary's beaches that are inaccessible on foot. More about this project.

Pet Waste Pollution Research and Outreach

Earth Team pet waste

Pet Waste Pollution Research and Outreach

Earth Team partnered with Friends of Sausal Creek to guide Skyline High School students in analyzing water samples and design an outreach campaign about the effects of pet waste on water quality.  More about this project.

Removing Toxic Microplastics from Albany Beach

ALDOG sift the sandRemoving Toxic Microplastics from Albany Beach

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.

Custom Waste and Recycling Bins at Hayward Shoreline

Eden ROP custom waste stations

Custom Waste and Recycling Bins at Hayward Shoreline

Eden Area ROP partnered with Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center to clean up a heavily littered area and build custom waste and recycling receptacles to discourage future dumping. Learn more about this project.

Cleaning up Oakland’s Sausal Creek

fosc 2015 project profile photos

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.

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

Doing our part GGA video thumbFilm: “Doing Our Part to Clean up San Francisco Bay”

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.

The Eco-Oakland Program

gga 2015 project profile photos

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 2019 (PDF)

View summary of projects funded in 2017 (PDF