Get Help With Office of Sustainability 4Rs Grant Application


Do you have an idea for a project that includes one of the four “Rs” -- reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot/compost? Do you represent a nonprofit organization, government agency, or public/nonprofit educational institution, including a school, district, state university system, or similar organization? Did you know that the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability offers grants, opens a new window ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 and even up to $25,000? Do you want help figuring out how to turn your grant idea into a grant application?

It may be easier than you think to get financial support for your great idea! San Mateo County Libraries is excited to support organizations that don’t have access to internal or external grant writing resources and supports.

When you sign up for our Zoom-based grant writing support, you can expect us to start by helping you figure out whether or not your idea and organization qualify for these grants. After that, we’ll work with you to help you write and submit a complete application that complies with the grant application requirements and application instructions.

San Mateo County Libraries is not affiliated with the selection committee for the 4Rs Grants Program, opens a new window. As such, getting support from staff does not guarantee your grant request will be fulfilled. Many factors play a role in this decision, including the quality, quantity, and variety of grant applications received in this grant cycle. If you have specific questions about these grants that you’d like answered prior to working on your application, please email sustainability@smcgov.org, opens a new window or call 888-442-2666.

Some examples of successful grant applications include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Classroom workshops, trainings, or activities by nonprofits.
  • School garden start-up funding, which includes funding for garden structures such as sheds and garden beds constructed with salvaged lumber.
  • Fixit Clinics or other reuse/repair projects.
  • Food waste reduction and reuse programs.
  • Materials associated with expanding/implementing a campus/facility-wide recycling, reuse, or waste reduction program.
  • Environmental educational field trips to waste or recycling facilities, museums, etc.
  • Books, materials, and equipment, which will be utilized by teachers and students over the years.

Are you excited to start working on your application!? Grant applications are due Monday, March 8, 2021 at 6:00 pm, while the last day to request grant writing support through San Mateo County Libraries is Sunday, February 28th. Please share your details with us, opens a new window now and we’ll follow up with you as soon as we’re able.

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And don’t forget, San Mateo County Libraries also has a wealth of other grant writing materials to support your efforts:

The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need

The 'How To' Grants Manual

Winning Grants Step by Step

Storytelling for Grantseekers

The Only Writing Series You'll Ever Need - Grant Writing

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