Questions about the Tire-Derived Product Grant Program grant application were accepted in writing only, no later than March 22, 2017. Similar or related questions were grouped together or reworded for clarity and responded to as one question.

The question and answer period is now closed for this grant cycle. All questions and answers are posted on this page.


  1. The Tire-Derived Product Grant Program (Program) has $1,000,000 available for this grant solicitation. This amount may only fully fund several grants. Is it still worth the effort to apply for the grant?

    In previous cycles, with oversubscription, CalRecycle has often been able to reallocate available monies previously identified for other purposes and programs. CalRecycle will make every effort to fund as many eligible applicants as possible.

  2. Will the CalRecycle grant cover the renovation of a basketball court surface?

    It depends. Many school basketball courts are essentially an asphalt paving product, which is not eligible. Some premium basketball courts are constructed using crumb rubber in a cushion layer and/or base layer. Others may use a rubber tile product. In any case, the project would need to use at least 30,000 pounds (2,500 passenger tire equivalents) of crumb rubber. Virgin rubber is not eligible for reimbursement. Please check with your contractor to determine the amount of crumb rubber that would be used.

  3. Is repavement of the walking surface area of a baseball facility eligible? The surface is neither a "trail surface" or playground area.

    Walking paths that utilize asphalt or rubberized asphalt are not eligible. Paths that use crumb rubber and/or rubber nuggets are eligible and must use at least 30,000 pounds (2,500 passenger tire equivalents) of crumb rubber and/or nuggets.

  4. Are any lead by-products associated with the eligible tire-derived product material used in project applications?

    There are many elements contained in tire-derived product materials. CalRecycle is unaware of any scientific studies that indicate any adverse health impacts from exposure. Given the recent media coverage on this issue, CalRecycle has contracted with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to evaluate scientific studies and recommendations. OEHHA has established a website with detailed information regarding the study, the various outreach efforts, and scoping activities, etc. related to elements contained in crumb rubber.

  5. Our proposed project is currently out to bid and is expected to begin construction in June 2017. May we use the grant for work done on the project after the Grant Agreement is executed?

    CalRecycle anticipates sending the Grant Agreements to awarded applicants in July or August 2017, pending approval of the state budget. Reimbursable costs may not be incurred until a grantee is sent a Notice to Proceed from the Grant Manager. CalRecycle sends the Notice to Proceed about three weeks after the grantee returns the signed Grant Agreement to CalRecycle. Any costs incurred prior to the Notice to Proceed will not be reimbursed.

  6. The Program requires that a Product Provider complete a Tire-Derived Product Certification form. Can we change Product Providers? Does the final cost and material usage have to match the original form?

    A Tire-Derived Product Certification is required to be submitted with the application to validate the requested amount as well as the estimated type and amount of tire-derived product material proposed for the project. Projects must use a minimum of 30,000 pounds of tire-derived material (2,500 passenger tire equivalents). If awarded a grant, the grantee may change or modify the type of material or product provider by completing a new tire-derived product certification and submitting the request to the Grant Manager for approval. The final Certification (required to close the grant) should be reasonably close to the original/modified Certification regarding the actual cost and amount of tire-derived material used.


  1. I operate a private nonprofit daycare for children. Am I eligible to receive funding for a pour-in-place playground for my facility?

    No. Private entities are not eligible. For a list of eligible entities, please see Eligible Applicants Section in the Guidelines and Instructions.

  2. My jurisdiction was previously awarded a grant, but we were unable to install the TDP material in the approved project sites due to flooding. Can my jurisdiction reapply for a TDP grant?

    Applicants that were awarded a TDP grant but either withdrew their grant award or failed to expend at least 50 percent of the grant award may reapply for a TDP grant. However, the applicant will only be considered for a grant award after all other eligible applicants have been awarded.


No questions were submitted in this category.


  1. We currently do not have an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Practices (EPPP) Policy. I see in your forms there is a document to use, but the document requires a board approval date. Therefore, is this document sufficient for the EPPP requirement or do we additionally need to create one?

    Every applicant is required to have an EPPP in place by the secondary due date. If an EPPP Policy has been previously adopted, you must certify to that in the Detail tab of the application. If not, the applicant must create and adopt an EPPP Policy, and certify that an EPPP Policy was adopted by their governing body. The Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Practices Policy Notification must be signed by the signature authority and does not replace the EPPP Policy, it affirms that an EPPP Policy was adopted.