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Tire-Derived Aggregate (TDA) Grant Program

Grants to California Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
and Schools for Projects that Use Tire-Derived Products

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California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

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02/01/18 11:59 PM - Deadline for application materials; 03/01/18 - Secondary Due Date


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Grants to California nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, school districts, IHEs, and tribes for projects and installations that use materials derived from used tires. Project categories include lightweight fill for stabilization and repair, vibration mitigation, storm water management and low impact development, and landfill application.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers a program to provide opportunities to divert waste tires from landfill disposal, prevent illegal tire dumping, and promote markets for recycled-content tire products. The Tire-Derived Aggregate (TDA) Grant Program (Program) provides assistance to civil engineers in solving a variety of engineering challenges. TDA, which is produced from shredded tires, is lightweight, free-draining, and a less expensive alternative to conventional lightweight aggregates.

Eligible projects:

-Category 1: Lightweight fill (slope stabilization, embankment fill, landslide repair, and retaining walls).

-Category 2: Vibration mitigation (under rail lines).

-Category 3: Low impact development/storm water management.

-Category 4: Landfill application (aggregate replacement projects such as leachate and gas collection systems, drainage layers, leachate injection). Projects that are currently underway or that have been completed at the same location within the same facility within three years of application are not eligible. Landfill application projects do not include use of shredded waste tires as alternative daily cover or alternative intermediate cover. Additionally, these landfill application project(s) are not eligible for consideration as a Very Large Project (see below for definition).

All projects are subject to the following requirements:
-Only California-generated waste tires, processed in California, must be used in the TDA portion of the project(s).
-The project(s) must be located in California.
-A minimum of 500 tons of TDA must be used in the project(s), with the exception of Low Impact Development projects, which must use a minimum of 200 tons of TDA in the project(s).
-Plans and specifications must be reviewed by CalRecycle staff and/or its contractor(s) prior to commencement of work. The project design plans must be uploaded in GMS at a minimum 50 percent design at the time of application submission and 100 percent design prior to the start of the project. The design plans must include: project costs (preliminary costs must be submitted with the application), the location of TDA placement, the type and quantity of TDA (initial estimate must be submitted with the application), and any analysis necessary to validate the design.
-Each project must incorporate technical assistance/training that will be provided by CalRecycle contractors and/or staff.
-The real property on which the project will be located must be owned by the applicant (or by a member of an applicant JPA).
-If applicant’s ownership of the property on which the project(s) is located does not give it complete and clear access to the project site(s), then prior to incurring any grant-eligible costs, applicant must obtain any and all access rights (e.g., easements) to the project site(s) necessary to complete the project(s) within the grant term and shall ensure that such access extends to CalRecycle staff and/or its designated contractors for the purpose of observing the project, providing technical assistance and/or training during the grant term. Such access must be in writing from the legal owner or his/her authorized agent.

Additionally, each of the following project requirements is specific to the individual type of project as indicated:
-Landfill projects will not be reimbursed for use of more than 0.75 cubic yards (0.5 tons) of TDA per lineal foot of landfill gas collection or leachate injection line.
-A “Very Large Project” (VLP) is defined as using over 400,000 passenger tire equivalents or 4,000 tons of TDA material. Landfill applications are not eligible for consideration as a VLP.

Eligible costs are cost directly related to the TDA portion of the project only and are limited to the following:
-TDA material (purchase and transportation)
-Engineering/design work

Installation cost may be incurred by the grantee and the grantee’s contractor(s), but costs incurred by contractors are only eligible for reimbursement after payment has been made by the grantee. Eligible costs include personnel cost and equipment cost directly related to trenching/preparation, placement, and covering of the TDA material.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169132

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$350,000 is the maximum available for individual grant awards, except for VLPs.

VLPs are each eligible for grant awards up to $750,000, subject to funding availability, with a limit of one per applicant.

Term of Contract:

The Grant Term begins on the date of the Notice to Proceed. Grant-eligible program expenditures may start no earlier than the date indicated in the Notice to Proceed. The Grant Term ends on April 1, 2020 and all eligible program costs must be incurred by this date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

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. If any applicants or participating jurisdictions are charter cities or joint powers authorities that include charter cities, the lead participating jurisdiction must certify on the Detail tab of the application that Labor Code section 1782 does not prohibit any included charter city from receiving state funds for the project described in this application. If it is determined after award that an applicant or participating jurisdiction is a charter city prohibited from receiving state funds for this grant project, the grant will be terminated and any disbursed grant funds shall be returned to CalRecycle.

Only one application may be submitted per eligible applicant. Applicant must be the entity that owns the real property on which an eligible project/product will be located. However, an application may include multiple projects at different locations.

Eligible applicants include:

-All California local government entities (including cities, counties, and cities and counties).

-Special districts (including transportation districts).

-Joint Powers Authorities (JPA) where all JPA members are also otherwise eligible applicants.

-Public school districts.

-All California State agencies (including offices, departments, bureaus, and boards).

-University of California campuses, California State University campuses, and California Community Colleges.

-Private, for-profit entities. For purposes of this Program, a “private, for-profit entity” is defined as a business intended to operate at a profit and return a profit to its owner(s). The business must be California-based or domiciled in another state with an existing operational presence in California. The business must be qualified to do business in California and in good standing with all applicable California state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Secretary of State and the Franchise Tax Board. Any and all subsidiaries, divisions and/or affiliated businesses are considered part of the primary business entity for the purpose of applying for and receiving a grant award under this Program. A business is considered an “affiliated business” if it has at least one owner with a 20 percent or greater interest in another applicant business.

-Nonprofit organizations (except private elementary or secondary schools) registered with the federal government under section 501(c)(3), (c)(4), (c)(6), or (c)(10) of the Internal Revenue Code.

-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 it is a government entity and which meets the criteria of the grant program.

Joint Powers Authority Application Requirements:

Joint Powers Authorities (JPA) may submit a grant application as an individual applicant. The JPA must upload a copy of its joint powers agreement giving it authority over solid waste management, listing all member entities, and containing the signature of all members. An entity may not submit an individual application if that entity is also a member of an applicant JPA.

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:
-Costs incurred prior to receipt of the Notice to Proceed e-mail or after April 1, 2020.
-Costs incurred for projects that start construction of the TDA portion of the project prior to the Notice to Proceed date, or end construction of the TDA portion of the project after April 1, 2020.
-Projects using TDA material that is not made from only California-generated waste tires processed in California.
-Projects using less than the minimum required total amount of TDA material as specified in Project Requirements.
-Other project-related costs, including, but not limited to, planning, permitting, environmental studies, and site preparation.
-Landfill projects that are currently underway or that have been completed at the same location within the same facility within three years of application.
-Use of shredded waste tires as alternative daily cover or alternative intermediate cover in landfill applications.
-Personnel costs, including fringe benefits, not directly related to installation, engineering, and testing of the TDA material.
-Overhead and indirect costs (including depreciation, etc.).
-Any other costs the CalRecycle Grant Manager deemed unreasonable or unrelated to the purpose of the grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the deadline date.

Applications must be submitted via the Grants Management System (GMS). Customer service will only be provided until 4:00 PM on the application due date.

If the resolution is not submitted with the application: The approved resolution must be uploaded in GMS by the Secondary Due Date.

If the applicant does not have an EPPP Policy at the time of application: An EPPP Policy must be adopted and notification must be uploaded in GMS by the Secondary Due Date.

Application Due Dates:
-August 1, 2017
-November 1, 2017
-February 1, 2018

Secondary Due Date-Resolution and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Practices (EPPP) Policy:
-August 31, 2017
-December 6, 2017
-March 1, 2018

Grants Awarded:
-September 2017
-January 2018
-April 2018

More information about tire-derived uses may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online through GMS:

If you are unable to access GMS or need assistance you may send an email to:

You may also call Melissa Sanford at (916) 341-6104.

If you have questions regarding eligibility and/or project requirements, you may send an e-mail to:

You may also call Loreto Tamondong at (916) 341-6464 or Victoria Rocha at (916) 341-6436.

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USA: California