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Organics Grant Program

Grants to California Agencies, Businesses, Nonprofits,
IHEs and Indian Tribes for Composting Infrastructure

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California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

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Grants to California local governments, state agencies, businesses, nonprofit organizations, state IHEs and Indian Tribes for the renovation, expansion, or construction of composting infrastructure. Funding is intended to reduce greenhouse gasses and divert food and green matter from landfills.

Eligible Projects

  • Construction, renovation, or expansion of facilities to increase in-state infrastructure for the composting or digestion of organics into compost, soil amendments, fertilizers, biofuels, or bioenergy.
  • Construction, renovation, or expansion of facilities to increase in-state infrastructure for the pre-processing of organics if the lead applicant is the same entity that will compost or digest the pre-processed material to make compost, soil amendments, fertilizers, biofuels, or bioenergy.
    • Projects must result in an increase in tons of green or food materials diverted from landfills beyond that which the preprocessor was already diverting.

Projects must be located in California and result in permanent, annual, and measurable:

  1. Reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to existing practice of landfilling green or food materials within California; and
  2. Increases in quantity (tons) of green materials or food materials, newly diverted from landfill disposal or ADC use in California, and composted or digested.

For purposes of this program, “newly diverted” means the tons of materials that are currently being landfilled or used as ADC that will instead be diverted as a result of this project.

A rural funding priority applies to eligible applicants with projects sited in, and which serve, rural communities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 144496

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$3,000,000 is the maximum award amount per application.

Term of Contract:

The Grant Term begins on the date of the Notice to Proceed. Grant-eligible program expenditures may start no earlier than this date. The Grant Term ends on April 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.
-State agencies (including offices, departments, bureaus, and boards).
-The University of California campuses, the California State University campuses, or California Community Colleges campuses.
-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.

Applicants that have previously received California Climate Investments funding are eligible provided the project meets the criteria and the previously funded project is progressing in a manner satisfactory to CalRecycle.

Only two applications per qualifying entity will be accepted.

For more information on eligible applicants, see page 5 of the application guidelines, available in the Supporting Documents field below.

For information on eligible and ineligible costs, see page 8 of the application guidelines, available in the Supporting Documents field below.

Pre-Application Information:

October 14, 2019: Question and Answer Period and Due Date
October 31, 2019: Alternative Greenhouse Gas Methodology Request Due Date
December 5, 2019: Application Due Date
March 2020: Grants Awarded
April 1, 2022: Grant Performance Period

Grant awards will be paid on a reimbursement basis.

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Questions regarding the application and its requirements must be submitted in writing via email: Questions must be received by October 14, 2019 or they will not be accepted.

If you are unable to access GMS or need assistance, please send an email to or call Melissa Sanford at (916) 341-6104.

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