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Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement (FY 2016-17)

Grants to California Municipalities for
Cleanup of Illegal Disposal Sites on Farms

GrantWatch ID#: 160236
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California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

02/02/17 11:59 PM

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Grants to California municipalities and counties for funding cleanup of unauthorized waste from farm and ranch property. Eligible sites are those that are zoned for agricultural use, where illegal dumping has occurred, and where the waste is a nuisance, a public health and safety threat, or a threat to the environment. Sites are not eligible for funding if the site is located on property where the owner or local agency is responsible for the illegal disposal of solid waste.

Grants are limited to $50,000 per single cleanup or abatement project or parcel. An incorporated city, a resource conservation district and the county within which they are located are each eligible for up to $200,000 of grant funds each fiscal year. Two or more departments or agencies within a specific city or county are eligible for a combined total of $200,000 per fiscal year.

Project Types

Within the Farm and Ranch Grant Program, there are two project types; a request of grant funds to clean up a site previously remediated (called a reimbursement grant or prior cleanup site) and a request of grant funds for a site yet to be cleaned up. The application requirements are basically the same and the Grantee must wait to incur new costs until a Notice to Proceed is received, regardless of project type.

Reimbursement of Prior Cleanups

Reimbursement of eligible costs previously incurred by a current farm or ranch property owner for the cleanup or abatement of an illegal disposal site which he/she continues to own may be allowed if verification and documentation of those costs are provided, the site is an eligible site as described in Eligible Projects above, and the costs incurred were specifically for grant eligible cleanup or abatement work.

Eligible costs include, but are not limited to:
- Waste removal, disposal and related actions.
- Recycling, including used oil, automotive batteries and tires.
- Drainage control and grading improvement.
- Slope and foundation stabilization.
- Excavation.
- Revegetation to stabilize an area disrupted by remediation. The cost must be incidental to the cost of the cleanup.
- Site security, including gates, fencing and other types of protective/restrictive barriers, up to 15 percent (15%) of the grant funds expended. The CalRecycle Grant Manager may approve an amount in excess of this when appropriate justification is provided.
- Public education to help prevent reoccurrence of the dumping, if included with any of the above eligible remedial actions. The cost must be incidental to the cost of the cleanup.
- Equipment rental and fuel.
- Removal of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) from appliances.
- Mileage of up to 54 cents per mile (or the current rate in the State Administrative Manual), for cleanup related activities.
- Personnel costs for grant management and the preparation of reports and payment requests.

In the event a cycle is oversubscribed staff would recommend a funding order based on:
- The greatest threat to public health and safety and/or public nuisance presented by the illegal dumping, and
- The greatest amount of waste present.


Grants are limited to $50,000 per single cleanup or abatement project or parcel with a limit of $200,000 per fiscal year for each eligible Applicant. No matching funds are required.

For single sites requiring in excess of the $50,000 per site limit for cleanup costs, an Applicant may still apply for the full $50,000 provided there is a commitment from the Applicant or property owner to provide in-kind services and/or funds to meet the cleanup costs beyond the available funding limit.

An incorporated city, a resource conservation district and the county within which they are located are each eligible for up to $200,000 of grant funds each fiscal year. Two or more departments or agencies within a specific city or county are eligible for a combined total of $200,000 per fiscal year.

Once a grant is awarded, the grantee will have approximately two years to complete the project. The precise term of the grant depends on when the grant is awarded. Eligible program costs must be incurred no later than March
19, 2019.

Eligible applicants include cities, counties, resource conservation districts and Federally Recognized Native American tribes as defined in PRC § 48100(d)(1).

Private property owners are not eligible to apply directly; they must make a request for application submission to the city, county, resource conservation district or Native American tribe in which their property is located.

California Labor Code section 1782 prohibits a charter city from receiving state funding or financial assistance for construction projects if that charter city does not comply with Labor Code sections 1770-1782.

A site may be eligible for funding if all of the following criteria are met:
- The parcel where the site is located is zoned, or otherwise authorized, for agricultural use;
- Unauthorized solid waste disposal has occurred on the site;
- The site is in need of cleanup in order to abate a nuisance or public health and safety threat and/or a threat to the environment;
- Neither the applicant, nor the property owner, nor any resident, invitee, licensee, lessee, or person the current property owner purchased or inherited from, by contract, agreement, or other arrangement, brought any of the subject solid waste onto the property;
- The aforementioned parties did not direct, authorize, permit or otherwise provide consent to another to bring the solid waste onto the property;
- The site is used, has been used, or could be used for rangeland or agricultural activities, including, but not limited to, commercial livestock, crop production, horticulture, aquaculture, silviculture, floriculture, vermiculture and viticulture,
- The site is, or was (for sites previously remediated), an illegal disposal site (i.e., not permitted and not exempt from obtaining a solid waste facility permit and is not a closed site);
- The responsible party either cannot be identified, located, or pay for timely and proper remediation; and,
- The current use, or intended future use, of the site is consistent with the definition of Farm and Ranch Property as defined in Title 14 CCR§ 17991(d) cited above.

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:
- For new cleanup sites, costs incurred prior to the date on the Notice to Proceed email, or after March 19, 2019.
- For sites previously remediated, costs incurred after March 19, 2019.
- For Pilot grantees, cleanup costs incurred prior to site/document approval;
- Any costs incurred for conditions for which the property owner(s), any resident, invitee, licensee, lessee, or person the property owner(s) purchased from or inherited from was responsible.
- Administrative/Indirect costs in excess of seven percent of the approved total cleanup costs expended.
- Costs currently covered by another CalRecycle funded loan, grant or contract.
- Wages paid to a landowner for time spent cleaning up his/her own property.
- Any expense not deemed reasonable by the Grant Manager and/or not directly related to the implementation of the proposed cleanup.
- Transportation costs of used/waste tires hauled by an unregistered tire hauler.
- Clothing or footwear.
- Closure activities, as defined in Section 20164 of Title 27, Division 2 of the California Code of Regulations.
- Ground water remediation.
- Surface water or vadose zone monitoring systems.
- Removal, abatement cleanup or otherwise handling of hazardous substances [as defined in 42 U.S.C. Section 9601 (14)].
- Extinguishing of underground fires.
- Operation and maintenance of any part of a leachate system.
- Purchase or leasing of land.
- Profit or mark-up by the Grantee.
- Cell phones, pagers, personal electronic assistance devices, and similar electronic and telecommunications devices, etc.
- Overtime costs (except for extreme situations that have been pre-approved in writing by the Grant Manager).
- Any personnel costs not directly related to salaries and/or benefits. Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement
- Any personnel costs incurred as a result of any employee assigned to the grant cleanup project for time not actually worked on the project (e.g., use of accrued sick leave, vacation)

On June 17, 2015, CalRecycle approved the extension of the pilot project (Pilot) for the third cycle of Fiscal Years (FYs) 2015–16 and 2016–17. The purpose of the Pilot is to encourage more applicants to apply by relaxing the due dates for several required application forms. Applicants who apply under the standard program for cleanup of eligible sites will be given priority over those applicants applying for the Pilot.

Pilot Applicant deadlines: (Pilot offered for February 2, 2017 deadline only)

- By Application due date:
1) Amounts in Budget tab of GMS filled in
2) Application Certification
- By Secondary due date of March 2, 2017
1) Resolution
- By July 1, 2018:
1)All remaining Application documents uploaded to the Documents tab

The applicant must demonstrate that each site will be fully remediated with grant funds, or a combination of grant funds and in-kind funds/services. Grant funds are not available for the partial cleanup of an illegal disposal site.

Grant fact page:
Successful projects page:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To access the online application:

For program specific information:
Carla Repucci, Farm and Ranch Grant Program Manager
Phone: (916) 341-6316
Fax: (916) 319-7581

For customer service:
Phone: (916) 324-8867.

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