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Grants and Sponsorships

Updated April 28, 2020: Due to budget constraints faced by the City as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, both the Sustainability Small Grant and Make a Splash Grant programs have been suspended for the remainder of the year. No applications for either program will be reviewed or awarded in 2020.


Make a Splash Stormwater Project Funding

Projects with a strong stormwater message, provide a stormwater benefit, and may be educational in nature are encouraged to apply. They should focus on preventing stormwater pollution and protecting or restoring clean surface water. Tie-ins with the Puget Sound regional stormwater pollution prevention campaign, Puget Sound Starts Here, are also encouraged to apply. Each grant is reviewed annually, has a reimbursable award amount up to $4,000, and is open to anyone considering a project within Tacoma city limits. Learn more and apply.


Sustainability Small Grant

Projects that help promote a strong environmental and sustainable message are encouraged to apply. They should focus on protecting and restoring our local environment and quality of life. Projects that demonstrate a benefit to one or more of the three Environmental Services utilities, and projects that also benefit our local economy and support social equity will be given preference. Grant applications are reviewed quarterly, and a reimbursable maximum award up to $5,000 is open to anyone considering a project within Tacoma city limits. Learn more and apply.


Green Event Program

In an effort to further the sustainability vision of the community, the City of Tacoma has created a Green Event Program to help events decrease their impact on the environment. Events that participate in this program take extra care to ensure that their event is more sustainable by incorporating green initiatives like providing bike racks and recycling, using 30-100% recycled content paper, reducing waste, donating excess food, and more. Events within Tacoma city limits may apply for free or discounted material goods or in-kind services, such as garbage, recycling and portable toilets (previously available through the Environmental Services Sponsorship program). Events that apply for free or discounted services must be not for profit with a Green Excellence status. Learn more and apply.


These programs are funded by the three utilities: Surface Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste.



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