California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

 

Notice of Funds Available: Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program (FY 2015-16)

The application period for fiscal year (FY) 2015-16 is now closed.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers a program to provide opportunities to divert waste tires from landfill disposal, prevent illegal tire dumping, and promote markets for recycled-content tire products. The Tire-Derived Aggregate (TDA) Grant Program (Program) provides assistance to civil engineers in solving a variety of engineering challenges. TDA, which is produced from shredded tires, is lightweight, free-draining, and a less expensive alternative to conventional lightweight aggregates.

Awards

Note: "TDA" followed by a number is the cycle code for the Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program.

Criteria

Eligibility

Applicants

  • “Local governments” (cities, counties, or cities and counties) as defined in Public Resources Code, Section 30109.
  • Special districts (including transportation districts).
  • Joint Powers Authorities (JPA) (where all JPA members are also otherwise eligible applicants).
  • State agencies (including offices, departments, bureaus, and boards).
  • Private, for-profit entities. For purposes of this Program, a “private, for-profit entity” (PFP) is defined as a business intended to operate at a profit and return a profit to its owner(s). The business must be California-based or domiciled in another state with an existing operational presence in California (certain limitations apply; please see Application Guidelines and Instructions for complete details).
  • 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; or
    (2) can establish that it is a government entity and which meets the criteria of the grant program.
  • On January 1, 2015, 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 a charter city will be included in an application (either as the sole applicant, as a participant in a regional application, or as a member of an applicant Joint Powers Authority), more information can be found on CalRecycle's California Labor Code section 1782.

Projects

Projects generally fall into one of four categories (see TDA Uses for more complete descriptions):

  • Category 1: Lightweight fill (slope stabilization, embankment fill, landslide repair and retaining walls).
  • Category 2: Vibration mitigation (under rail lines).
  • Category 3: Low impact development/storm water management.
  • Category 4: Landfill application (aggregate replacement projects such as leachate and gas collection systems, drainage layers, leachate injection).

All projects are subject to the following requirements:

  • Only California-generated waste tires, processed in California, must be used in the TDA portion of the project(s).
  • The project(s) must be located in California.
  • A minimum of 500 tons of TDA material must be used in the project(s).
  • The project(s) represent a new category of activity at the project(s) facility/location. Projects that are currently underway or that have been completed at the same facility/location within three years of application are not eligible. However, projects in a different category or different location within the same facility may be eligible.
  • Plans and specifications must be reviewed by CalRecycle staff and/or its contractor(s) prior to commencement of work. The project design plans must be at a minimum 50 percent design at the time of application submission and 100 percent design prior to the start of the project. The design plans must include: project costs (preliminary costs must be submitted with the application), the location of TDA placement, the type and quantity of TDA (initial estimate must be submitted with the application), and any analysis necessary to validate the design.
  • Each project must incorporate technical assistance/training that will be provided by CalRecycle contractors and/or staff.
  • The real property on which the project will be located must be owned by the applicant (or by a member of an applicant JPA).
  • If applicant’s ownership of the real property on which the project(s) is located does not provide complete and clear access to the project site(s), then prior to incurring any grant eligible costs, applicant must obtain any and all access rights (e.g., easements) to the project site(s) necessary to complete the project(s) within the grant term and shall ensure that such access extends to CalRecycle staff and/or its designated contractors for the purpose of observing the project, providing technical assistance and/or training during the grant term. Such access must be in writing from the legal owner or his/her authorized agent.
  • Reimbursement will not exceed the amount stated on the Grant Agreement Cover Sheet (CalRecycle 110).
  • Construction of the TDA portion of any project must commence on or after the date indicated in CalRecycle’s written Notice to Proceed and be completed by April 1, 2018.

Additionally, each of the following project requirements is specific to the individual types of projects indicated:

  • Landfill projects must not use more than 0.75 cubic yards (0.5 tons) of TDA per lineal foot of landfill gas collection or leachate injection line.
  • For purposes of this Program, a “Very Large Project” (VLP) is defined as using more than 400,000 passenger tire equivalents or 4,000 tons of TDA material. Landfill applications are not eligible for consideration as a VLP.

Funding

  • $600,360 is available for fiscal year (FY) 2015-16.
    • Additional money may become available in spring 2016 as a result of the Reallocation of Tire Funds
  • $350,000 is the maximum available for individual grant awards, except for Very Large Projects (see “Eligible Projects” for definition). Very Large Projects are each eligible for grant awards up to $750,000, with a limit of one per applicant.

Timeline and Cycle Details

Dates Activity and Details
January 21, 2016 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: grants@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 10, 2016 February 18, 2016 Application Due Date Revised

If you are unable to access GMS or need assistance you may send an email to grantassistance@calrecycle.ca.gov or call Debbie Escobar.

April 11, 2016 March 17, 2016 Secondary Due Date: Revised 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 GMS 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 GMS by this date.
April/May 2016 Grants Awarded Revised 

CalRecycle considers funding recommendations, and if approved, conditionally awards grants in this month (tentative).

April 1, 2018 Grant Term

Grantee may incur costs from the date indicated in the Notice to Proceed to this date.

April 1, 2018 Deadline for: Final report and final payment request.

Grant Administration Documents

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.

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.

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Last updated: May 11, 2016
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