California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Tire Recycling, Cleanup, and Enforcement Grants

Rubberized Pavement Grant Program

General Information

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) provides the Rubberized Pavement (Pavement) Grant Program, formerly called the Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC) Grant Program, to promote markets for recycled-content surfacing products derived from waste tires generated in California and decrease the adverse environmental impacts created by unlawful disposal and stockpiling of waste tires. RAC is a proven road paving material that has been used in California since the 1970s. It is made by blending ground tire rubber with asphalt binder which is then mixed with conventional aggregate materials.

Under the Pavement Grant Program, the Targeted RAC Incentive Grant and RAC Chip Seal Grant have been consolidated into one grant with two project types--RAC and Chip Seal projects. The program is designed to encourage first-time or limited users of rubberized pavement.



Eligible applicants include cities, counties, and qualifying Indian tribes that fund public works projects located in California. If you have received three total grants under the Targeted RAC Incentive Grants and/or the discontinued RAC Use Grants, you are no longer eligible to apply for RAC projects but may be eligible for Chip Seal projects. If you have received four total grants under the RAC Chip Seal Grants, you are no longer eligible to apply for Chip Seal projects but may still be eligible for RAC projects. If you have reached the limit for both types of project, you are no longer eligible to receive RAC grants from CalRecycle.

Applicants that have been awarded Pavement Grants are not eligible to apply in the following fiscal year. Accordingly, those who received FY 2011/12 funding under the Pavement Grant Program cannot apply until fiscal year 2013/14.

Project Types

One hundred percent (100%) California waste tires must be used in the rubber portion of the project(s). In both projects, the binder material must contain a minimum of 300 pounds (equivalent to 15 percent by weight) of tire-derived crumb rubber per ton of rubberized binder.

RAC Project (Categories RAC: 1, 2, or 3)

  • Grant awards are based on the differential cost of using RAC versus conventional asphalt concrete and the tonnage of RAC used.
  • Projects must use a minimum of 3,500 tons of RAC.

Chip Seal Project (Categories Chip Seal: 1 or 2)

  • Grant awards are based on a fixed dollar amount per square yard of material used.
  • Projects must use a minimum area of 35,000 square yards of RAC chip seal material.


  • The maximum grant award for RAC and/or Chip Seal project(s) is $250,000.
  • One or more projects can be combined into a single grant.
  • The funding of project(s) is based on the amount of RAC material used and number of previous CalRecycle RAC grants received.
  • The award amount is based on a particular reimbursement rate depending on the project type and category.


Join the Pavement Listserv to be notified by email for program updates and when funding becomes available.

Model Projects

Cycle-Specific Information

Next Cycle

Application materials for the fiscal year 2014/15 solicitation are tentatively scheduled to be available in early fall 2014.

Past Cycles

FY: Fiscal year. TRP[cycle number]: Code for specific grant cycle.


If you have questions that are program-specific, please contact Lito Tamondong, Victoria Rocha, or Nate Gauff.

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Last updated: May 29, 2014
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