The application period for fiscal year (FY) 2019-20 is now closed

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers a program to provide opportunities for the Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program pursuant to Public Resource Code section 42999. The purpose of this competitive grant program is to lower overall greenhouse gas emissions by expanding existing capacity or establishing new facilities in California that use California-generated postconsumer recycled fiber (old corrugated cardboard, paper board, or textiles), plastic, or glass to manufacture products.

This program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment— particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. For more information, visit California Climate Investments.

Submitted Application Listing

Per California Climate Investments Funding Guidelines a listing of all submitted applications for this cycle is available. This includes submitted applications that may not be selected for funding. Any additional information of interest may be made available after the cycle is awarded via California Public Records Act Request.

Criteria

Approval of Criteria, September 23, 2020

Eligibility

Applicants

Eligible applicants include:

  • Local governments (cities, counties, or cities and counties).
    • Cities, counties, and cities and counties as defined in Public Resources Code section 30109.
    • Regional or local sanitation agencies, waste agencies, or Joint Powers Authorities.
  • Private, for-profit entities. For purposes of this program, a “private, for-profit entity” is defined as a business intended to operate at a profit and return a profit to its owners. The business must be qualified to do business in California and be in good standing with all applicable California state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Secretary of State and the Franchise Tax Board. Any and all subsidiaries, divisions or affiliated businesses are considered part of the primary business entity for the purpose of applying for and receiving a grant award under the Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program. A business is considered an “affiliated business” if it has at least one owner with a 40 percent or greater interest in another applicant business.
  • State agencies (including offices, departments, bureaus, and boards).
  • The University of California, the California State University, or California Community Colleges.
  • Nonprofit organizations (except private schools) registered with the federal government under 501(c)3, (c)4, (c)6 or (c)10 of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • 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.

Projects

  • Construction, renovation or expansion of facilities to increase in-state infrastructure to manufacture a finished product using California derived fiber, (paper, old corrugated cardboard, paper board, or textiles), plastic, or glass.
    • The project must result in an increase in tons of material diverted from landfills.
    • Applicant/Grantee must provide an agreement/contract with a California entity (e.g. Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)) that will supply the feedstock
  • Construction, renovation, or expansion of facilities to increase in-state infrastructure for production of a fiber, plastic or glass intermediate commodity that will be supplied to a domestic manufacturing facility for the production of a finished product. 
    1. The project must result in an increase in tons of material diverted from landfills.
    2. Applicant/Grantee must provide an agreement/contract with a California entity (e.g. Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)) that will supply the feedstock .
    3. If the manufacturing facility that will receive the intermediate commodity from the grant applicant also submits an application, applicants must demonstrate how each project will result in discrete increases in tons of material diverted from landfills and reductions in GHG emissions..
  • Expansion of projects that have previously received GHG reduction funds are eligible provided the project meets the grant criteria and the previously funded project is progressing in a manner satisfactory to CalRecycle.

Funding

$10,460,830 is available for this grant cycle, fiscal year 2019–20, subject to funding availability.

  • Large Project Tier: $9,460,830 allocation for large tier projects with a minimum grant award of $250,001 and a maximum grant award of $3,000,000 per application.
  • Small Project Tier: $1,000,000 allocation for small tier projects with a minimum grant award of $125,000 and a maximum grant award of $250,000 per application.
Timeline and Cycle Details
DatesActivity and Details
December 22, 2020

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 email: GHGReductions@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.
January 14, 2021

Application Due Date

If you are unable to access GMS or need assistance, please send an email to grantassistance@calrecycle.ca.gov or call Joe Pacheco.

April 2021

Grants Awarded

CalRecycle considers funding recommendations, and if approved, conditionally awards grants during this month (tentative).
February 28, 2023

Grant Performance Period

Grantee may incur costs after the issuance of the Notice to Proceed to this date.

April 3, 2023

Deadline for: Final Report and final Payment Request.

Grant Administration Documents

Terms and Conditions

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.

Procedures and Requirements

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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