California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Climate Change and Solid Waste Management

Notice of Funds Available: Organics Grant Program (FY 2016-2017)

The application period for fiscal year (FY) 2016-17 is now closed.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers the Organics 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 to reduce the amount of California-generated green materials, food materials, or alternative daily cover being sent to landfills.

Awards

Cycle 2: ORG2 Awards | Approval of Awards, August 15, 2017

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

Criteria

Approval of Criteria, November 18, 2016

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 Organics 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.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Local governments (cities, counties, or cities and counties).
    • 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 forty percent or greater interest in another applicant business.
  • State agencies (including offices, department, 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.

Projects

Eligible Projects Include:

  • Construction, renovation, or expansion of facilities to increase in-state infrastructure for the digestion or composting of organics into compost, soil amendments, biofuels, or bioenergy.
  • Construction, renovation, or expansion of facilities to increase in-state infrastructure for the preprocessing of organics when providing preprocessed materials to an in-state digestion or composting facility that is using the waste to make compost, soil amendments, biofuels, or bioenergy.

  • 1. Project must result in an increase in tons of material diverted from landfills beyond that which the preprocessor was already diverting.

    2. Preprocessor must provide proof of binding agreement with a California facility that is receiving the preprocessed feedstock to make compost, soil amendments, biofuels or bioenergy.

    3. If the composting or digestion facility that receives materials from a preprocessing 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 greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Food waste prevention and rescue projects must be partnered with a compost or digestion project and submitted as a cooperative application. The food waste prevention and rescue project must result in measurable food waste reduction. The food waste prevention and rescue component of a project is one that measurably prevents food waste or rescues edible food from becoming waste normally destined for landfill disposal. The food rescue aspect shall result in rescued food being distributed to people; any food waste residuals from the project must be sent to a compost or digestion facility when one is available within the food waste prevention and rescue projects service area.

Rural Program Project Requirements

An eligible applicant may choose to apply under the Rural Program if the compost project will be sited in a rural county and serve, at least in part, a rural community.

  • Rural is defined as a county annually disposing no more than 200,000 tons of solid waste. In order to determine if the county where the facility is located disposes less than or equal to 200,000 tons of waste in a year, applicants must generate a Disposal Reporting System Single-year Countywide Origin Detail 2015 web report.
  • Rural Program applications will be scored separately from the other applications. The project requirements, eligible projects, ineligible costs, required application documents, scoring criteria, and minimum score requirements are the same for the rural projects as the other projects in the Organics Grant Program.

Funding

  • $24,000,000 is available for fiscal year (FY) 2016-17. The funding will be distributed as follows:
    • Compost Projects: $12,000,000 allocation for compost projects with a maximum grant award of $3,000,000 per application. This includes $2,400,000 in requested infrastructure costs and $600,000 in performance payments.
    • $3,000,000 from the compost projects allocation is available for Rural Program applications. The maximum grant award is $3,000,000 per application. This includes $2,400,000 in requested infrastructure costs and $600,000 in performance payments.
    • Digestion Projects: $12,000,000 allocation for digestion project with a maximum award of $4,000,000 per application. This includes $3,200,000 in requested infrastructure costs and $800,000 in performance payments.
Timeline and Cycle Details
Dates Activity and Details
February 16, 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.
February 23, 2017
  • CalRecycle notifies applicant via email on decision of whether applicant may propose an alternative methodology.
February 23, 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.
March 2, 2017 All answers will be posted (tentative)
March 16, 2017

Application Due Date Revised

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

March 30, 2017

Secondary Due Date

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

April 1, 2020 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 October 2017)

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 Program Homepage

Last updated: October 5, 2017
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