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Rubberized Pavement Grant Program

Grants to California Agencies and Tribal Organizations
for Public Pavement Projects Using Recycled Materials

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California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Deadline Date:

02/22/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to California local and state governmental agencies and tribal organizations for pavement projects using recycled materials. Funding is intended to produce public access roads, bike trails, and pedestrian pathways and at the same time, encourage recycling and reduce waste tires from landfill disposal.

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 Rubberized Pavement Grant Program is designed to promote markets for recycled-content surfacing products derived from only California-generated waste tires. It is aimed at encouraging first-time or limited users of rubberized pavement in two project types – Rubberized Asphalt Concrete Hot-Mix (Hot-Mix) and Rubberized Chip Seal (Chip Seal).

An application may include rubberized pavement (hot-mix and chip seal) projects for roadways, Class 1 bikeways (as defined in Streets and Highway Code section 890.4(a)), greenways, and disability access at parks. A greenway is a travel corridor for pedestrians, bicycles, non-motorized vehicle transportation, recreation, or a combination thereof, located along natural landscape features, such as an urban watercourse.

All projects are subject to the following requirements:

  • The grantee will construct one or more Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC) Hot-Mix or Rubberized Chip Seal project(s) at the location(s) specified in the approved grant application, unless otherwise approved by the Grant Manager.
  • Only California-generated waste tires, processed in California, shall be used in the crumb rubber portion of the project(s).  Recycled end-of-life crumb rubber that meets all specifications and standards can be used, as appropriate.
  • The project(s) must be located in California.
  • Projects must be owned and maintained by the applicant and accessible to the general public.
  • Reimbursement will not exceed the amount stated on the Grant Agreement Cover Sheet (CalRecycle 110).
  • The binder material must contain a minimum of 300 pounds (equivalent to 15 percent by weight) of the tire-derived crumb rubber per ton of rubberized binder. The binder may be either asphalt rubber/field blend or terminal blend.

Additionally, the following are project requirements specific to the project type indicated:

  • Hot-Mix Project: Project(s) must use a minimum of 2,000 tons of RAC hot-mix.
  • Chip Seal Project: Project(s) must use a minimum area of 40,000 square yards of chip seal material.

Because of the amount of paving material used, local government and Qualifying Indian tribe applicants may combine projects for Class 1 bikeways, greenways, and disability access at parks with eligible roadway projects in order to satisfy Pavement Grant Program minimums.

One or more projects can be combined into a single grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175626

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- $250,000 is the maximum available for individual grant awards.
- $350,000 is the maximum available for the joint grant award, subject to funding availability

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, 2023 and all eligible program costs must be incurred by this date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Local Governments (cities, counties, and cities and counties) as defined in Public Resources Code section 48617.
- Other local governmental agencies (including regional park districts, special districts, and Joint Powers Authorities [where all JPA members are also otherwise eligible applicants]).
- State agencies (including offices, departments, bureaus, and boards). State agencies are only eligible for projects for Class 1 bikeways, greenways, and disability access at parks.
- 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.

Local governments may join together in a regional grant application in which two or more eligible jurisdictions join together for the purpose of grant implementation.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline and Cycle Details
- February 3, 2021: Question and Answer Period and Due Date; Questions and answers (Q&A) will be posted periodically during the Q&A period.
- February 10, 2021: Question and Answer Posted
- February 22, 2021: Application Due Date Applications must be submitted in GMS by 11:59 p.m. on this date
- March 2021: Grants Awarded
- April 1, 2023: Grant Term

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

If you are unable to access GMS or need assistance, please send an email or call Maria Elena Kennedy.

Questions regarding the application and its requirements must be submitted in writing via email. Questions and answers (Q&A) will be posted periodically during the Q&A period. (See posting of Q & A listed below.)

Applicants may apply for and receive grants in consecutive fiscal years. However, applicants who received a Rubberized Pavement Grant in the last fiscal year will rank lowest in priority funding if the grant is oversubscribed.

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

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Questions regarding the application and its requirements must be submitted in writing via email:

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