California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Notice of Funds Available: Organics Grant Program (FY 2014-15)

The application period for fiscal year (FY) 2014-15 is now closed.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) offers the Organics Grant Program pursuant to proposed Public Resources Code section 42999 pending approval of the Governor’s proposed budget and Trailer Bills. The purpose of this competitive grant program is to lower overall greenhouse gas emissions by expanding existing capacity or establishing new facilities in California to reduce the amount of California-generated green materials, food materials, or alternative daily cover (ADC) being sent to landfills.

Awards

Note: "ORG" followed by a number is the cycle code for the Organics Grant Program.

Criteria

Eligibility

Applicants

Eligible applicants may submit an individual, regional, or cooperative application. In a regional or cooperative application, one entity must be identified as the Lead Participant to act on behalf of the Participating Jurisdictions or Participating Entities.

A qualifying entity may submit up to two applications for the Organics Grant Program or Recycled Fiber, Plastic and Glass Grant Program. A qualifying entity may submit one application for each program or two applications for one program. Each application must be for a single project. Each application must be a distinct and different project. A food waste prevention component is not considered a separate project.

  • 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. This definition includes benefit corporations, as defined in Corporations Code section 14601(a). The business must be qualified to do business in California and in good standing with all applicable California state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Secretary of State and the Franchise Tax Board.
  • Solid waste service providers, owners/operators of solid waste facilities (e.g., landfills and transfer stations).
  • Operators of composting or anaerobic digestion facilities or other related digestion or fermentation facilities.
  • State agencies (including offices, departments, bureaus, and boards).
  • The University of California, the California State University, or other public universities or 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.

Projects

Eligible Projects Include:

  • Construction, renovation or expansion of facilities in California that compost, anaerobically digest, or use other related digestion or fermentation processes to turn green or food materials into value-added products; this includes purchase of equipment, machinery and real estate improvements associated with the installation thereof.
  • A food waste prevention component may be included within a project described in the bullet above, that rescue edible food from becoming waste normally destined for landfills and results in increased food distribution to people, with any food waste residuals from the project being sent to composting or anaerobic digestion or other digestion or fermentation process when they are available within their service areas.

Projects must be located in California and result in permanent, annual, and measurable:

  1. Reductions in Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from the handling or landfilling of California-generated green and food materials; and
  2. Increases in quantity (tons) of California-generated green materials, food materials, or Alternative Daily Cover diverted from landfills and composted, digested or diverted to other fermentation processes.

Funding

  • $14,521,000 is available for FY 2014-15, subject to funding availability.
  • $3,000,000 is the maximum available grant award per application.
Timeline and Cycle Details
Dates Activity and Details
May 27, 2014 Question and Answer Period and Due Date
  • 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 1, 2014 June 10, 2014 Application Due Date Revised icon If you are unable to access the GMSWeb system or need assistance you may send an email to grantassistance@calrecycle.ca.gov or call Ms. Donnell Duclo
July 31, 2014 July 8, 2014 Secondary Due Date Revised icon- Resolution and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Practices (EPPP) Policy
  • If the resolution is not submitted with the application: The approved resolution must be uploaded in GMSWeb by this date.
  • If the applicant does not have an EPPP Policy at the time of application: An EPPP Policy must be adopted and notification must be uploaded in GMSWeb by this date.
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
Grants Awarded Revised icon
CalRecycle considers funding recommendations, and if approved, conditionally awards grants in this month (tentative).
April 1, 2019 Grant Performance Period
Grantee may incur costs from after the issuance of the Notice to Proceed to this date.
April 1, 2019 Deadline for: Final Report, Final Payment Request and Request for 10 Percent Withhold.

Grant Administration 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 (Updated July 2015)

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.

Organics Grant Homepage

Last updated: July 31, 2015
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