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Grants to California Nonprofits, Schools, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs for Community-Based Recycling Initiatives

Beverage Container Recycling 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: 10/18/22 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to California nonprofit organizations, local government agencies and municipalities, K-12 public school districts and IHEs, and Indian Tribes for community-based recycling initiatives. Funding is intended to support new or existing programs by providing convenient beverage container recycling receptacles in various locations statewide.


  • Multi-family residential dwellings (five units or more).
  • Public colleges/universities, non-profit colleges/universities, and public K–12 school districts.
  • Curbside Residential Program locations (excluding single stream).
  • Community events including, but not limit to, those sponsored by local jurisdictions.
  • Parks/recreational areas.
  • Purchase of water refill stations, including the installation, education & outreach, or replacement of infrastructure, plumbing, maintenance, additional attachments or modifications.
  • Litter reduction and cleanup along the United States-Mexico border where the waste stream includes beverage containers that will be recycled.
    • Out-of-State beverage containers collected as part of the litter abatement and cleanup projects cannot be funded under this grant program.

Ongoing collection programs may include the following activities as a component of the grant project:

  • Temporary Community events (i.e., recycling or collection events sponsored by local jurisdictions, Earth Day events).
  • Drop-off, Collection Program, or Community Service Program.
  • Education and Outreach related to beverage container recycling.

Note: Education activities and/or materials (signage, flyers, curriculum, etc.) related to the beverage container recycling project are capped at 25 percent of the total grant award.

  • Funding must have a direct connection to the California Redemption Value (CRV) of beverage containers and the overall program. If non-CRV items are included in the grant, they are subject to proportional cost. For example: a three-bin system with composting, paper and CRV recycling, can only be funded at one third of the cost. A mixed recycling bin will be funded proportionately based on the CRV content of materials collected.

A list of eligible costs can be found on Page 7 of the Procedures and Requirements document, in Supporting Documents, below.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- California cities, counties, and other local government entities.
- Special districts (e.g., recreational park districts).
- Public colleges and universities and public K–12 school districts.
- Non-profit organizations (except private schools K–12) registered with the federal government under 501(c)3, (c)6, or (c)10 of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Qualifying Indian Tribes.
- Joint Powers Authorities (JPA) as an eligible entity (where all of the participating entities are otherwise eligible).

For additional eligibility requirements, see page 6 of the Application Instructions, in Supporting Documents, below.

Project Requirements:
- The project(s) must be located in California.
- Reimbursement will not exceed the amount stated on the Grant Agreement Cover Sheet (CalRecycle 110).
- The grantee will ensure that the recycling bins, if applicable, are serviced on a regular basis and that collected material is transported to a certified recycling center.
- The grantee will ensure, if applicable, that it and/or other entities certified to collect beverage containers are certified or registered by CalRecycle in the proper category and will provide the Grant Manager a copy of the certification certificate(s), upon request.

A list of ineligible costs can be found on page 8 of the Procedures and Requirements guide.

Pre-Application Information
- September 7, 2022: Question and Answer Period and Due Date
- September 14, 2022 (tentative): Questions and Answers Posted
• CalRecycle will post all answers to questions on the CalRecycle website that were submitted during the Question and Answer Period.
- October 18, 2022: 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.
- November 17, 2022: Secondary Due Date
• Approved Resolution must be uploaded in GMS by this date if it was not submitted with the application.
• Applicant must have an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Practices Policy by this date.
- April 2023 (FY 2022–23) and June 2023 (FY 2023–24) (tentative): Grants Awarded
• CalRecycle considers funding recommendations, and if approved, conditionally awards grants during this month.
- Notice to Proceed–April 1, 2025: FY 2022–23 Grant Term
- Notice to Proceed–April 1, 2026: FY 2023–24 Grant Term

Questions may be submitted from application release date to the Question & Answer due date. Questions and answers (Q&A) will be posted periodically during the Q&A period. It is the applicant's responsibility to check the Q&A web page regularly to ensure that they are aware of all program details.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
$75,000 is the minimum and $275,000 is the maximum per grant award.

Term of Contract
April 1, 2025 (FY 2022-23)
April 1, 2026 (FY 2023-24)

Contact Information
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Customer service will only be provided until 4:00 p.m. on the application due date. If you are unable to access GMS or need assistance, please send an email to or call (916) 341-6809.

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