California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Climate Change

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant and Loan Programs

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) was established in 2012 to receive Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds appropriated by the Legislature and Governor for projects that support the goals of AB 32. Also known as the California Climate Investments program (CCI), eligible investments identified in Statute include reducing GHG emissions through increased in-state diversion of municipal solid waste from disposal through waste reduction, diversion, and reuse.

CalRecycle established the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant and Loan Programs to provide financial incentives for capital investments in infrastructure for aerobic composting, anaerobic digestion and recycling and manufacturing facilities that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A priority is to realize environmental and economic benefits in disadvantaged communities. These grants promote California infrastructure developments that achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions by diverting more materials from landfills and producing beneficial products such as soil amendments, renewable fuels or recycled-content products. Grants are targeted to build or expand organics infrastructure, such as composting and anaerobic digestion, or rescuing food to feed hungry people, as well as new or expanded infrastructure for manufacturing products with recycled content fiber, plastic, or glass.

2016-17 Grant and Loan Cycles

AB 1613, signed in September, 2016, appropriated $40 million in greenhouse gas reduction funds to CalRecycle for investments in waste diversion and greenhouse gas reduction. Please sign up for our GHG reductions list-serv in order to receive updates on the timing of the grant program and notices for release of grant documents, workshops or hearings.

  • May 24, 2016 Public Meeting to discuss draft criteria and program development for the Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program
  • April 19, 2016 Public Meeting to discuss eligibility criteria and evaluation process for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Organics Grant Program
    • Overview of the organics grant program, scoring criteria and Request for Approval.
  • April 4, 2016 Workshop to discuss draft criteria and program development for the Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program.

2015-16 Grant and Loan Cycle

The Governor’s 2015-16 Revised Budget proposed authorizing a total of $60 million for CalRecycle to administer grant and loan programs However, the Legislature did not take action on most CCI funding allocations prior to the end of the legislative session and CalRecycle did not receive a CCI funding allocation for grants; however, previously approved CCI funding for the loan program was approved.

2014-15 Grant and Loan Cycle

The Governor’s 2014-15 Budget included $25 million in Fiscal Year 2014–15 funds for CalRecycle to administer.

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Join the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs Listserv to be notified by email about program updates and when funding becomes available.

Last updated: October 5, 2016
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