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Grants to California Local Conservation Organizations for Litter Reduction and Waste-Collection Efforts

Local Conservation Corps (LCC) Grant Program


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Funding Source
California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/06/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to California local conservation companies for recycling services and litter reduction projects. Funding is intended for a broad range of projects that involve the collection, removal, and disposal of waste materials. Funds are to be awarded equally among 14 corporations to manage the disposal of beverage containers, used oil, covered electronic waste, and waste tires.

Funding is available for a wide range of projects within the following categories: 


  • Collection, sorting, storing, clean-up, and transfer of E-waste
  • E-waste recycling (if permitted)
  • Communication and coordination with partners, local or state government or businesses regarding E-waste events and services
  • Organization, facilitation, and management of collection events
  • Outreach and education to the public about E-waste, events, etc.
  • Internships with E-waste businesses

Waste Tire:

  • Collection, clean-up, hauling, and disposal of waste tires
  • Communication and coordination with local and state government agencies related to remediation of waste tires at amnesty events and on public lands
  • Outreach and education to the public about waste tire issues and collection events
  • Internships with tire businesses

Used Oil:

  • Certified Collection Center (CCC) signage reviews
  • Establishment and operation of a CCC
  • Labor for filter exchange events, filter crushing and draining
  • Purchase and distribution of Do-It-Yourself used oil kits, bilge pads, or other used oil remediation and management materials as approved by CalRecycle
  • Outreach and education to the public about used oil (storm drain stenciling, dock walking, and distribution of Do-It-Yourself kits)
  • Communication and coordination with state and local government and businesses related to used oil events and services
  • Internships with used oil recycling businesses

Beverage Container:

  • Collection, clean-up, sorting, storage, and transfer of beverage containers
  • Communication and coordination with local and state government agencies, businesses, schools, multi-family complexes, and large venues to implement recycling programs and services
  • Operation of a recycling center
  • Outreach and education to the public about beverage container recycling at events
  • Internships with beverage container recycling businesses.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Local Conservation Corps (LCC) that are designated by a county to perform litter abatement, recycling and related activities and are certified by the California Conservation Corps (CCC) as having operated for a minimum of two years and as meeting all other criteria of Public Resources Code section 14507.5 (a).

All Local Conservation Corps certified by the California Conservation Corps in the fiscal year (FY) 2020-21 certification report. Certification does not guarantee an award. Applicants must be in good fiscal standing with CalRecycle.

Pre-Application Information
April 6, 2023: Application Due Date
- Applicants must submit applications in GMS by 11:59 p.m. on this date.
- Customer service will be available until 4:00 p.m. on this date.
May 2023 (tentative): Grants Awarded
- CalRecycle considers funding recommendations, and if approved, conditionally awards grants during this month.
July 1, 2023—June 30, 2025: Grant Term

The application is available in CalRecycle’s web-based Grants Management System (GMS). Access to GMS is secure; therefore, you must have a CalRecycle WebPass to log in to the system. Those who have not previously obtained a CalRecycle WebPass can create an account at the CalRecycle WebPass page (

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Number of Grants
Funds are to be awarded equally among 14 LCCs.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Newly certified corps or corps seeking to re-enter the program after one or more cycles of non-participation receive a reduced base allocation of $600,000 the first year, $700,000 the second year and $800,000 the third year.
- Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Account ($8,000,000); California Tire Recycling Management Fund ($5,000,000); California Used Oil Recycling Fund ($2,000,000); California Beverage Container Recycling Fund ($12,891,970).

Term of Contract
July 1, 2023–June 30, 2025: Grant Term

Contact Information
Apply online:

For more information contact: Financial Assistance,

If you are unable to access GMS or need assistance you may send an email to or Joseph Pacheco: or (916) 341-6534.

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