The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) now known as the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery or CalRecycle sought partners in 2003, to secure external (i.e., other state or federal agency) grant funds for partners for projects that had cross-media implications and promoted market development of municipally derived organic materials. CalRecycle worked closely with selected partners in developing and writing applications for specific grant programs, overseeing the application process in general, and providing in-kind technical assistance (e.g., technical reviews, assistance at workshops during project implementation). Under this arrangement, successful CalRecycle partners received all awarded grant money, and were responsible for programmatic and fiscal leads, with sole control over project management and fund flows.

Acceptable proposals explored innovative cross-media uses of compost, mulch or other residual organic materials by end-users for such applications as conversion technologies (note), watershed protection, re-vegetation, environmental restoration, bioremediation, wetlands restoration, erosion control, integrated pest management, landscape management, and other agricultural and nonagricultural applications. Projects had to be located in California.

Note: Conversion technologies such as hydrolysis, gasification, and anaerobic digestion are a way to convert residual organic materials into high-value products such as energy, alternative fuels and other industrial products. These technologies differ from mass incineration and traditional biomass-to-energy approaches in that they do not involve combustion.

Grant Programs

Efforts focused on the grant programs listed below, which historically had funded projects in subject areas that are amenable to organic materials management. The "CalRecycle applicable research areas" listed below were those areas that CalRecycle was interested in topically and that met the funding source application requirements. Concepts submitted had to incorporate organic materials management as its main research component. The "term "organic materials" referred to landscaping trimmings, grass clippings, food scraps, woody debris, Materials Recovery Facility residuals and similar materials otherwise destined for landfills.

  • Program Funding Source: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Administered by the University of California and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). Sought to fund proposals that integrated farm practices with biological and cultural controls of pests, habitat management, soil-building practices, and reduce reliance on agricultural chemicals.
    • CalRecycle applicable research areas: sustainable agriculture, pest management, erosion control, educational outreach.
  • Program Funding Source: Pollution Prevention Incentives for States. Administered by the U.S EPA. Sought to fund state and tribal programs that address the reduction or elimination of pollution across all environmental media (air, land, and water) and to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of state technical assistance programs in providing source reduction information to businesses.
    • CalRecycle applicable research areas: cross-media, sustainable landscaping, sustainable agriculture, waste prevention.
  • Program Funding Source: United States-Mexico Border Grants Program. Administered by the U.S. EPA. Sought to fund proposals that promote community-based and regional approaches to meeting the goals of sustainable development, capacity building, and coordination among key participants in addressing U.S.-Mexico border (including binational) environmental issues.
    • CalRecycle applicable research areas: bioremediation, compost educational outreach.
  • Program Funding Source: Non-point Source Implementation Grant Program. Federal Clean Water Act Section 319 program, administered by the State Water Resources Control Board. Sought to fund proposals that promote watershed management and implementation projects to reduce, eliminate, or prevent water pollution from non-point sources and to enhance water quality. Applications had to meet regional watershed objectives as specified in the grant application.
    • CalRecycle applicable research areas: sustainable landscaping, water conservation, erosion control.
  • Program Funding Source: Demonstration Grant Request for Proposals. Administered by the Department of Pesticide Regulation. Sought proposals that addressed local and regional pest management challenges and focused on reduced-risk pest-management applications and technique on private or public property (e.g., nursery, farm, schools, parks) activities.
    • CalRecycle applicable research areas: pesticide reduction.
  • Program Funding Source: Department of Energy and Department of Agriculture. The Department of Energy through its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy sought to fund proposals to bring clean, reliable and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace. The Biomass Research & Development Initiative was the multi-federal agency effort to coordinate and accelerate all federal biobased products and bioenergy research and development. The Initiative sought to fund proposals addressing research, development, and demonstration of biomass based products, bioenergy, biofuels, biopower, and related processes. The funding sources supported by the Department of Energy and Department of Agriculture are discussed on the Organics Biomass and Conversion Technologies Federal Funding Opportunities web page.
    • CalRecycle applicable research areas: conversion technology.
  • Program Funding Source: US-EPA Watershed Protection Projects. The U.S. EPA updated its catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection. The website enabled quick interactive searches to find relevant federal funding programs, the level of funding available, the average grant amount, contract information, and other useful background data on the fund.
    • CalRecycle applicable research areas: wetlands protection, revegetation, environmental restoration, bioremediation, wetlands restoration, erosion control.

At this time, the CalRecycle does not have funding of its own available for organic materials management grants. The purpose of this previous solicitation was to seek external sources of funds. For information on other types of grants available through CalRecycle, visit our Grants and Loans website.