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

Questions about the Organics Grant Program grant application were accepted in writing only, no later than March 20, 2018. Similar or related questions were grouped together or reworded for clarity and responded to as one question.

  1. The instructions state that the Supplemental Application Certification requires a wet ink signature, but also that the Supplemental Application should be e-mailed. Please confirm that the wet ink signature does not need to be mailed to CalRecycle.

    The Supplemental Application Certification requires an original “wet” signature. The authorized Signature Authority must sign the Application Certification, scan the page, and include it when submitting (by email) the Supplemental Application. A wet ink signature on the Application Certification does not need to be mailed to CalRecycle, but the original must be kept in the applicants files. An electronic signature will not be accepted.
  2. For Criteria 1.E, 3.D and 3.E in the Disadvantaged and Low-income Communities (AB 1550) Worksheet, does “project work hours” refer strictly to personnel work hours in the budget? Economic benefits to disadvantaged communities rely on operational work hours for long-term employment. Shouldn’t these operational hours be included?

    Project work hours refers to total work hours for all employees that worked on jobs funded by the grant project such as administration, construction, installation, operations, and data collection within the grant term (date on Notice to Proceed to April 1, 2020).
  3. Please provide additional details regarding the invoicing process after an award has been made and work approved under the Work Plan and Budget has been completed. Specifically, does the grant funding share need to be spent approximately in the same ratio as the cost share?

    The grant-funding share does not need to be spent in the same ratio as the cost share. For details regarding the invoicing process, please refer the Procedures and Requirements under the “Payment Request and Documentation” section on pages 14-16.
  4. Is there flexibility between the different cost categories? For example, if no grant funds were allocated in the Construction/Application Budget Category, but Construction Category funds that were approved as Match Funds were expended, could a portion of those costs be invoiced to CalRecycle?

    All grant expenditures must be for activities, products, and costs specifically included in the approved Work Plan and approved Budget. After the cycle is awarded, grantees may submit a request to the Grant Manager to revise the Work Plan and/or Budget. The Grant Manager must approve this request prior to grantee incurring the proposed expenditure. For details regarding modifications, please refer to the Procedures and Requirements under the “Modifications” section on page 5, and the Terms and Conditions under the “Audit Record/Access” section on pages 1-2.  Costs that are incurred outside of the grant term are not eligible for reimbursement.
  5. Are applicants allowed to include additional files along with their completed Supplemental Application such as Appendices?

    Yes, however you are still required to respond to each section of the application.