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

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) offers the pilot cycle of the Reuse Grant Program pursuant to Section 42999 of the Public Resources Code. The purpose of the grant is to further the goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (Assembly Bill (AB) 32) and lower overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by expanding and improving landfill diversion and recycling in California through source reduction (i.e., reuse).

The Reuse Grant 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 and low-income 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.

Awards

Note: “GRU” followed by a number is the cycle code for the Reuse Grant Program.

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.

California Climate Investments: Cap and Trade Dollars at Work.Criteria

Approval of Criteria, April 7, 2020

Eligibility

Applicants

Eligible applicants include:

  • Local governments
  • State agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Private, for-profit organizations
  • 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 is is a government entity, which meets the criteria of the grant program.

Charter Cities

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 any applicants or participating jurisdictions are charter cities or joint powers authorities that include charter cities, the lead participating jurisdiction must certify that Labor Code section 1782 does not prohibit any included charter city from receiving state funds for the project described in this application, more information can be found on CalRecycle's California Labor Code section 1782.

Projects

Projects must be located in California and facilitate reductions in GHG emissions and landfill disposal within the grant performance period. 

Eligible Projects

Each application must fall into one of the following project types:

  • Replacement of single-use containers with refillables, including, but not limited to beverage, food, or personal care product containers.
  • Replacement of single-use food service ware (plates, cups, utensils) with durable alternatives that can be reused.
  • Replacement of single-use packaging with reusable packaging used to transport or distribute goods (e.g., crates, pallets).
  • Recovery of lumber, wood flooring, or wood furniture from landfills or through deconstruction projects for reuse. 

Ineligible Projects

Projects that do not fit into one of the four categories above. Including, but not limited to, projects reusing or replacing the following products are ineligible:

  • Food
  • Carpet, paint, or mattresses
  • Tires
  • Electronic waste
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Materials that are not legally landfilled
  • Beverage containers that are subject to the Beverage Container Recycling Program

Funding

  • $2,000,000 available for fiscal year (FY) 2019–20  
  • $300,000 is the minimum per individual grant award, with a maximum of $500,000 per individual grant award. 
  • Funding is contingent upon and subject to the availability of funds appropriated for this grant. 

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 (revised March 2021)

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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