California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Notice of Funds Available:  Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program (FY 2016-17)

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers the Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program pursuant to Public Resources Code section 42999 of the Public Resources Code. The purpose of this competitive grant program is to lower overall greenhouse gas emissions by expanding existing or establishing new food waste prevention and/or rescue projects in California to reduce the amount of food being disposed in landfills.

The Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program 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.

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.

Only two applications per qualifying entity will be accepted for the Food Waste Prevention and Rescue 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 entities and up to three other participants, totaling no more than four participants. Eligible applicants include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Private, for-profit entities. 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).
  • University of California campuses, California State University campuses, or California Community Colleges.
  • Solid Waste Facilities.
  • Public School Districts.
  • Qualifying Indian Tribes are 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; or
    2. Can establish that it is a government entity and which meets the criteria of the grant program.

Projects

Eligible projects include:

  • Food waste prevention projects that prevent food waste from being generated and becoming waste normally destined for landfills, with any food waste residuals from the project being sent to composting or digestion when available within the project service area.
  • Food rescue projects that result in rescued food being distributed to people, with any food waste residuals from the project being sent to composting or digestion when available with the project service area.

Funding

  • $5,000,000 is available for fiscal year (FY) 2016-17. The funding will be distributed as follows:
    • Large Tier: $4,000,000 allocation for large tier projects with minimum grant award of $100,001 and a maximum grant award of $500,000 per application.
    • Small Tier: $1,000,000 allocation for small tier projects with minimum grant award of $25,000 and a maximum grant award of $100,000 per application.

 

Timeline and Cycle Details
Dates Activity and Details
June 28, 2017 Question and Answer Period
  • Questions may be submitted from application release date to this date.
  • Questions regarding the application and its requirements must be submitted in writing via e-mail: 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.
July 11, 2017 All answers will be posted (tentative)
July 18, 2017

Application Due Date

If you are unable to access GMS or need assistance, please send an email to grantassistance@calrecycle.ca.gov or call Ms. Cara Rothenbaum.

August 15, 2017

Secondary Due Date

  • The approved Resolution/Letter of Commitment must be uploaded in GMS by this date.
  • If applicable, an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Practices (EPPP) Policy must be adopted and the 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 and 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.

Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program Homepage

Last updated: July 14, 2017
Climate Change: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Climate/
Contact: climatechange@calrecycle.ca.gov