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 by AB 1532, SB 535, and SB 1018. The GGRF receives Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds which are appropriated by the Legislature and Governor for projects that support the goals of AB 32. California Climate Investments (CCI) are partially funded by the GGRF. 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 composting/digestion infrastructure and recycling and manufacturing facilities that will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. A priority is to realize environmental and economic benefits in disadvantaged communities. These grants will promote infrastructure development at facilities in California that achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions by diverting more materials from landfills and producing beneficial products. Grants are targeted to build or expand organics infrastructure, such as composting and digestion, or rescuing food to feed people. Other targeted activities include new or expanded infrastructure for manufacturing products with recycled content fiber, plastic, or glass.

2016-17 Grant and Loan Cycles

The Governor’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 allocated $100 million in greenhouse gas reduction funds to CalRecycle. CalRecycle which would have allocated $61 million for the Organics Grant Program, including $57 million for standard organics projects and a $4 million set-aside for rural projects and a total of $15 million for the Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program The Legislature has not taken action on CCI funding allocations.  CalRecycle does not currently have CCI funding available for grants; however previously approved CCI funding for the loan program is available and CalRecycle is currently accepting FY 2015–16 loan applications.

  • 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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Last updated: July 13, 2016
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