California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Notice of Funds Available: Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program (FY 2016-17)

The Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade Program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investment projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. For more information, visit California Climate Investments.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers the Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program pursuant to Public Resources Code section 42999. The purpose of this competitive grant program is to lower overall greenhouse gas emissions by expanding existing capacity or establishing new facilities in California that use California-generated postconsumer recycled fiber (paper, textiles, carpet, or wood), plastic, or glass to manufacture products.

Criteria

Eligibility

Applicants

California Labor Code section 1782 will prohibit charter cities from receiving state funds or financial assistance for construction projects if those cities do not comply with sections 1770-1782 of the Labor Code. If any applicants or participating jurisdictions are charter cities or joint powers authorities that include charter cities, the lead participating jurisdiction must certify that Labor Code section 1782 does not prohibit any included charter city from receiving state funds for the project described in this application. If it is determined after award that a participating jurisdiction is a charter city prohibited from receiving state funds for this grant project, the grant will be terminated and any disbursed grant funds shall be returned to CalRecycle. More information can be found at CalRecycle’s California Labor Code section 1782.

  • Local governments
    • Cities, counties, and cities and counties as defined in Public Resources Code section 30109.
    • Regional or local sanitation agencies, waste agencies, or Joint Powers Authorities.
  • Private, for-profit entities. For purposes of this program, a “private, for-profit entity” is defined as a business intended to operate at a profit and return a profit to its owners. The business must be qualified to do business in California and be in good standing with all applicable California state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Secretary of State and the Franchise Tax Board. Any and all subsidiaries, divisions or affiliated businesses are considered part of the primary business entity for the purpose of applying for and receiving a grant award under the program. A business is considered an “affiliated business” if it has at least one owner with a 40 percent or greater interest in another applicant business.
  • State agencies (including offices, departments, bureaus, and boards).
  • The University of California, the California State University, or California Community Colleges.
  • Nonprofit organizations (except private schools) registered with the federal government under 501(c)3, (c)4, (c)6 or (c)10 of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Qualifying Indian Tribes. A “Qualifying Indian Tribe” is defined as an Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, residing within the borders of California, which:
    1. Is recognized for special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of the status of its members as Indians.
    2. Can establish that it is a government entity and which meets the criteria of the grant program.

Only two applications per qualifying entity will be accepted for the Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program. Eligible applicants may submit an individual, cooperative, or regional application. For a cooperative or regional application, one entity must be identified as the Lead Participant to act on behalf of the participating jurisdictions.

Projects

  • Construction, renovation or expansion of facilities to increase in-state infrastructure to manufacture value-added products using California-derived newly diverted fiber, plastic, or glass into finished products; this includes purchase of equipment, machinery and real estate improvements associated with the installation thereof.
    • A manufacturing facility may partner with another facility, including a supplier of recycled-content feedstock
  • Construction, renovation, or expansion of facilities to increase in-state infrastructure for the processing of California-derived newly diverted fiber, plastic or glass waste when providing processed materials to an in-state manufacturing facility that is using the waste to make finished products.
    1. The project must result in an increase in tons of material newly diverted from landfills beyond that which the processor was already diverting.
    2. The processor must provide proof of binding agreement with a California facility that is receiving the processed feedstock to make recycled-content finished products.
    3. If the manufacturing facility that receives materials from a processing applicant also submits an application, the applicant must demonstrate how each project will result in discrete increases in tons of material diverted from landfills and reductions in GHG emissions.
  • Expansion of projects that have previously received Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds are eligible provided the project meets the grant criteria and the previously funded project is progressing in a manner satisfactory to CalRecycle.
  • A textile reuse component may be coupled with a recycled fiber, plastic, or glass project, and must be submitted as a cooperative application. The textile reuse operation may be located anywhere in California, not necessarily adjacent to the larger project, though a portion of the grant funds awarded must be spent on the textile reuse component. The textile reuse component of the project must result in measurable reductions in landfill disposal of textiles. Textiles include, but are not limited to, clothing, linens, and towels. The textile reuse component of a project is one that measurably prevents textiles from becoming waste normally destined for landfill disposal and results in rescued textiles being distributed to people in California. Any textile residuals must be tracked and sent to a recycling facility when one is available within the project service area. Textile reuse partners must be non-profit organizations distributing textiles at little or no cost within California.

Funding

  • $9,000,000 is available for FY 2016-17.
  • Applicants can request up to $2,400,000. CalRecycle will add an additional amount equaling 25 percent of the amount approved for infrastructure expenses for performance payments. The infrastructure amount and performance payment amount will equal the total grant award. As a result, the maximum award amount per application is $3,000,000.

 

Timeline and Cycle Details
Dates Activity and Details
May 4, 2017 Alternative Greenhouse Gas Methodology Request Period
  • If eligible project cannot be calculated using the standard quantification methodology, applicant may request to use an alternative methodology by this date.
  • Please see the Alternative Methodology Request and PRocess section of the Application Guidelines and Instructions for more information.
May 11, 2017 CalRecycle notifies applicant via email on decision of whether applicant may propose an alternative methodology.
May 4, 2017

Question and Answer Period

  • Questions may be submitted from application release date to this date.
  • Questions must be submitted by email: GHGReductions@CalRecycle.ca.gov.
  • Questions and answers (Q&A) will be posted periodically during the Q&A period.
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to check the Q&A web page regularly to ensure that they are aware of all program details.
May 11, 2017 All answers will be posted (tentative)
May 25, 2017

Application Due Date

If you are unable to access GMS or need assistance, please send an email to grantassistance@calrecycle.ca.tgov or call Ms. Danielle Abila.

June 8, 2017

Secondary Due Date

  • Approved Resolution/Letter of Commitment must be uploaded in GMS by this date.
  • If applicable, Environmentall Preferable Purchasing and Practices (EPPP) Policy must be adopted and EPPP Notification document must be uploaded in GMS by this date.
October/November 2017

Grants Awarded

CalRecycle considers funding recommendations, and if approved, conditionally awards grants during this month (tentative).
April 1, 2020

Grant Term

  • Grantee may incur costs after the issuance of the Notice to Proceed to this date.
  • Deadline for Final Report, final Payment Request and Request for 10 Percent Withhold.

Grant Adminaistration Documents

Terms and Conditions

Notice: Submission of an application constitutes an acknowledgment that you have read these Terms and Conditions, understood, and agreed that they will be part of the Grant Agreement upon an award of any grant funds.

The text of these Terms and Conditions may not be altered, changed or revised in any way, except in writing by mutual agreement of the parties pursuant to the Amendment provision herein. In the event of any dispute regarding the content of these Terms and Conditions, the original document contained in the grant cycle file located at the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 will control. These Terms and Conditions are applicable only to the specified cycle and/or fiscal year of the particular grant program specified.

If you require assistance in obtaining access to this document, please use the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Procedures and Requirements

Notice: These Procedures and Requirements are in draft form. Upon issuance of Grant Agreement, these Procedures and Requirements shall become final.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the Procedures and Requirements prior to issuance of the Grant Agreement. Any such changes will be non-negotiable. In the event that any changes are made to the Procedures and Requirements, all Grantees will be notified as to what specific changes have been made.

Once the Grant Agreement has been issued and the Procedures and Requirements have become final, the text of the incorporated Procedures and Requirements may not be altered, changed or revised in any way, except in writing by mutual agreement of the parties pursuant to the Amendment provision contained in the Terms and Conditions. In the event of any dispute regarding the content of the incorporated Procedures and Requirements, the original document contained in the grant cycle file located at the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 will control. These Procedures and Requirements are applicable only to the specific cycle and/or fiscal year of the particular grant program specified.

If you require assistance in obtaining access to this document, please use the contact information at the bottom of this page.

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