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Funded Projects

The Sustainability Small Grant program re-launched in 2018 with new funding from the City of Tacoma's General Fund and the three Environmental Services Utilities. Previously in 2010 and 2011, the program operated under the title Sustainable Tacoma Grants. Below is an overview of projects funded through this grant program.


Projects Funded in 2018


Northwest EcoBuilding Guild - South Sound Green TourSouth Sound Green Tour

$5,000 awarded for the South Sound Green Tour, a free-to-the-public educational event showing local, sustainable, and green homes and businesses in Tacoma. Attendees are able to view and visit sustainable remodels, retrofits, new buildings, landscapes, and community gathering places.


Pierce County Master Gardeners - Various ProgramsPierce County Master Gardeners

$4,996 awarded to fund scholarships for attending Master Gardener Program trainings, to produce Natural Lawn and Garden booklets, to host Rain Garden Specialist and Plant Identification trainings, and to host the From the Ground and Up garden workshops.


St. Leo Food Connection - Food Rescue ProgramSt. Leo Food Connection

$5,000 awarded for the Food Rescue Program to improve nutrition while addressing food waste. By partnering with grocery stores, farms, and local food producers, this project will divert the bounty of the Northwest to people, not landfills.


Tacoma Housing Development Group - Salishan Summer Eco-CampSalishan Eco-Camp

$2,425 awarded for the Salishan Children's Eco-Camp, a free, week-long day camp for ages 5-12 years old. The camp will focus on science and nature to provide educational opportunities and activities for campers to increase environmental stewardship.


Foss Waterway Seaport - Tacoma Ocean FestTacoma Ocean Fest

$4,000 awarded for the Tacoma Ocean Fest, a free festival on Tacoma's waterfront bringing together arts, sciences, and water sports to celebrate the ocean, tell about its threats, and inspire people to protect it through daily actions.


Tacoma Tool Library - Sustainability ProgramTacoma Tool Library

$5,000 awarded to design and implement a focused Sustainability Program that includes public events, additional recycling and reuse programs at the Library, and better outreach to the public about the environmental benefits of the Library.


Pierce Conservation District - Viet Huong Community GardenPierce Conservation District

$4,350 awarded to construct a covered shelter at the Viet Huong Community Garden to facilitate year-round community gatherings and events. The shelter will provide much needed shade and will support greater production of sustainable, nutritious food. 


Washington Green Schools - Zombie GuacamoleWashington Green Schools

$5,000 awarded to train 17 Tacoma Public Schools teachers on Zombie Guacamole, a newly developed 5th grade curriculum. The curriculum exposes students to the science of decomposition and the impact of food transportation and waste on climate change. Students will learn how to take action to reduce food waste at school and at home.


Projects Funded in 2011 - Select Highlights


Downtown On the Go & Tacoma School of the Arts - SOTA Bike Club

$1,000 awarded to create a SOTA Bike Club to engage youth in sustainable transportation options, healthy lifestyles, and reduce carbon emissions through cycling.


Guadalupe Land Trust - La Grande Gathering Area and Accessible Garden

$2,781 awarded to create a communal gathering area at the La Grande Community Garden to host workshops and other community events. Two areas were built to allow gardening by limited mobility residents.


Holy Rosary School - Lighting the Future

$5,000 awarded for the Holy Rosary School to upgrade to more energy-efficient light bulbs. In their 100th year of operation, this project provided new light and new hope for their future while decreasing their energy costs by more than 50 percent.


Rebuilding Together South Sound - Home Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Kits

$1,500 awarded to purchase and install low- and no-cost weatherization materials for low-income homeowners in conjunction with Rebuilding Together South Sound's National Rebuilding Day event. Homeowners received a manual describing measures for reducing energy bills and environmental impact.


Safe Streets Campaign - Safe Walking Route for Birney Elementary

$4,000 awarded for education and encouragement of students, parents, and staff on the importance of walking and bicycling to enhance personal and community health and safety. The project included distribution of a safe walking route map, pedestrian and bicycle safety materials, and a Mileage Club Reward incentive program.


Tacoma Community College - Adopt-A-Bin Recycling Program

$2,500 awarded to place recycling bins in every TCC classroom to help achieve the goal of increasing recycling participation on campus by 80 percent.


Projects Funded in 2010 - Select Highlights


First Creek Neighbors - Puyallup Tribe Community Garden

$2,000 awarded to establish a community garden on a 100' x 150' urban lot consisting of raised bed plots for community members. The garden aims to provide fresh organic produce for families and/or food banks, grow native plants for open spaces, and produce traditional Puyallup Tribal native medicinal herbs.


Friends of Julia's Gulch - Trial Plan

$2,500 awarded to create a 20-year revegetation and trail plan for Julia's Gulch, a heavily impacted former gravel pit in Northeast Tacoma. This project lays the groundwork for future restoration to allow groups (stewards, schoolchildren, walkers, birders, etc.) access into the gulch.


Green Tacoma Partnership/Cascade Land Conservancy - Planting Project

$3,000 awarded to increase the number of native trees in Tacoma's urban open space and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Approximately 1,250 trees were planted by restoration groups and volunteers.


Washington-Hoyt Elementary School PTA - Lunch Waste Composting

$870 awarded to provide tools and trainings to implement a pilot composting program at Washington-Hoyt Elementary School. Students were trained to separate non-food from food-waste, and were educated on the benefits of composting food waste. 


Point Defiance Zoological Society - "No-Idle" Public Awareness Campaign

$3,962 awarded to increase awareness of carbon dioxide emissions released by idling vehicles and their negative impacts in the environment. The project engaged with Zoo visitors by installing "no idling" signs and banners, and by distributing flyers and vehicle window clings within the Zoo.


Transportation Choices Coalition - Tacoma on the Move

$5,000 awarded to implement an educational outreach campaign to provide Tacoma residents with tools, information, training, and incentives to reduce car trips and make transit and cycling more accessible transportation options. The project focused on communities of color and low- to moderate-income neighborhoods.