Grant, Payment, and Loan Programs
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) offers funding opportunities authorized by legislation to assist public and private entities in the safe and effective management of the waste stream. To learn more about CalRecycle’s role within state government and an overview of the Department and the waste management policies and programs it implements and enforces, please see the Connecting Communities to CalRecycle guidance manual.
To access detailed information about grant, payment, and loan programs currently offered by CalRecycle, use the list below. Applicants can apply online for many of CalRecycle's grant programs by using the Grants Management System (GMS). Applicant must first go to the GMS Information page to obtain appropriate access to GMS, and then may search the GMS for available grants or go to the specific grant's webpage for information about the next offering.
CalRecycle's grants database may be used to produce grant/payment program reports by county, cycle, or fiscal year.
Tire-Derived Product Grant Program
Application Due Date: October 15, 2015
Farm and Ranch Cleanup Grant
Application Due Dates: November 3, 2015, February 9, 2016
Disposal and Site Cleanup Grants
Application Due Dates: November 5, 2015, February 4, 2016
Recycling Market Development Zone Loan Program
Application Due Date: Continuous
- Beverage Container Recycling Grants
Provides funding to assist organizations with establishing convenient beverage container recycling and litter abatement projects, and to encourage market development and expansion activities for beverage container materials.
- Farm and Ranch Cleanup Grants
Provides funding to cities, counties, Resource Conservation Districts, and Native American tribes for the cleanup of illegal solid waste sites on farm or ranch property.
- Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Provides grants to promote infrastructure development for recycling manufacturing/composting/anaerobic digestion facilities in California that divert more materials from landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Grants
Provides local government funding for programs to expand or initially implement HHW programs such as collection programs, educational programs, and load checking programs, and programs emphasizing waste reduction, source reduction, reuse or recycling of HHW.
- Local Conservation Corps Grant Program
Provides opportunities for the Local Conservation Corps to provide recycling services and implement litter abatement projects related to the collection and recovery of beverage containers, used oil, electronic waste, and waste tires.
- Local Enforcement Agency Grants
Provides grant funds, based on population and solid waste facilities, to local enforcement agencies (LEA) to assist in their solid waste facilities permit and inspection program.
- Solid Waste Disposal and Site Cleanup Grants
This program allows CalRecycle to expend funds directly for cleanup or emergency actions, provide loans to responsible parties who demonstrate the ability to repay state funds, or provide matching grants to local governments to assist in remediation of environmental problems at landfills.
- Tire Recycling, Cleanup, and Enforcement Grants
Several different grants programs are available to local governments for the purpose of diverting tires from landfill disposal by promoting markets of recycled-content products, as well as for enforcement and cleanup.
- Used Oil Recycling Grants
Provides assistance to local governments, nonprofit entities, and other parties for activities that encourage appropriate disposal and recycling of used oil.
- Used Oil Payment Program (OPP)
Provides assistance to local governments to develop and maintain used oil and used oil filter collection/recycling programs.
Beverage Container City/County Payment Program
Funding available to eligible cities and counties for beverage container recycling and litter abatement activities.
- Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) Loans
Provides direct loans to businesses that use postconsumer or secondary waste materials to manufacture new products, or that undertake projects to reduce the waste resulting from the manufacture of a product.
- Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Provides loans to promote in-state development of infrastructure to process California-generated organics and other recyclable materials into new value-added products.
Inactive or Discontinued Grants and Loans
- Landfill Closure Loans
Provided zero interest loans to operators of unlined, older-technology landfills who are interested in early closure of their facilities. No funding for the landfill closure loan program (LCLP) was budgeted for fiscal year 2011/12. Furthermore, via statue, LCLP sunsets as of July 1, 2012.
Multifamily Beverage Container Recycling Grant
In FY 2008/2009, $15 million in grant funds were awarded to establish beverage container recycling collection programs placing source-separated beverage container recycling receptacles in multi-family housing communities in California. Grants were awarded on a competitive basis. Future solicitations will not be released for this program.
- Organics Loan Program Provides loans to promote in-state development of infrastructure to process California-generated organics into new value-added products. This was the first cycle of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Loan Program.
Safety and Recycling Grants.
Two grant programs were developed in 2000 to build markets for recycled-content materials and help conserve resources while assisting local agencies in meeting the Department of Health Services' playground design and safety regulations, established to prevent injuries and meet accessibility requirements.
- Playground Safety and Recycling Act Grants
- Playground Accessibility and Recycling Grants
Recycling Market Development and Expansion Grants
This grant program authorized the Division of Recycling to expend up to $10 million annually until January 1, 2007 to award grants for recycling market development and expansion activities.
- Reuse Assistance Grants
This competitive grant program provided incentives for local public agencies to promote and apply the concept of reuse to their business communities.
- Sustainable Building Grants
Provided local government funding for projects that advanced the use of green building design and construction practices in California. Grants are no longer offered.
Product Business Assistance Grants Program
This program was designed to increase demand for tire-derived products by building the capacity and improving cost efficiencies of tire-derived product businesses. Eligible businesses applied for assistance to (1) evaluate and improve their business plan and operations, (2) enhance marketing efforts, and (3) test and certify new products.
- Tire Product Commercialization and Applied Technology Grants
Provided funding to research institutions, businesses, and other enterprises to promote the commercialization of new and existing tire-derived products.
- Tire Equipment Loan Program
Provided loans to California tire manufacturers and processors for the purchase of equipment that would be used to produce tire-derived material and products.