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Legacy Disposal Site Abatement Partial Grant Program

Grants to California Government Agencies for
the Remediation of Hazardous Solid Waste Sites

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California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Deadline Date:

02/06/18 11:59 PM


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Grants to California local governments for remediation projects addressing the cleanup of solid waste sites. Eligible sites are those where the responsible party cannot be identified or is otherwise unable or unwilling to pay for the timely remediation of a hazardous site to protect public safety, health, or the environment. Funding may be requested for the cleanup of solid waste sites, as well as solid waste and co-disposal sites.

Public entities bear a financial responsibility for maintaining public landfill sites in compliance with state regulations and standards. The purpose of the grant is to provide financial assistance in the form of reimbursement grants for eligible costs to assist public entities requiring financial assistance, and committed to accelerating the pace of cleanup, restoring sites, and protecting public health and safety and the environment.

Eligible projects include the remediation of disposal sites closed in accordance with the local laws at the time of the closure and prior to implementation of the state’s current permitting and/or closure requirements for landfills and disposal sites.

Eligible costs are limited to the following:
-Waste removal and disposal.
-Security measures such as fences, barriers, and warning signs.
-Site grading and drainage controls to minimize erosion.
-Slope and foundation stabilization.
-Excavation, consolidation, and capping of waste areas.
-Installation of landfill gas and leachate control systems.
-Field and laboratory testing.
-Health and safety measures required for eligible project work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175628

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $750,000

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 June 30, 2020 and all eligible program costs must be incurred by this date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Grants are available to public entities, including counties, cities, districts, state agencies, and Joint Powers Authorities for site cleanup needed to protect public health and safety or the environment. Applicants must provide adequate documentation of financial need for assistance and show evidence of ability to pay for their matching share of costs and costs that are ineligible and/or that exceed the maximum grant amount.

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:

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:
-Costs incurred prior to receipt of the Notice to Proceed letter or after June 30, 2020.
-Expenses for services rendered or goods purchased prior to the date indicated in the Notice to Proceed, or any expenses incurred after the end of the Grant Term.
-Public Agency indirect costs (unless pre-approved in writing by the Grant Manager, but in no event shall exceed ten (10) percent of the total direct labor costs requested for reimbursement).
-Costs explicitly for the profit of the grantee.
-Bonus payments for early completion of grant project or any phase of the grant project.
-Any portion of a program currently covered or incurred under another CalRecycle contract, loan, grant or grant cycle.
-Overtime costs (except for local government staffing during specially scheduled evening or weekend events that have been pre-approved in writing by the CalRecycle Grant Manager when law or labor contracts REQUIRE overtime compensation or when such staffing and/or costs are pre-approved in writing by the Grant Manager).
-Cellular phones, personal digital assistants, personal electronic devices, pagers, and similar electronic and telecommunications devices.
-Activities that are not cost effective, as determined by the CalRecycle Grant Manager.
-Travel and per diem expenses (unless pre-approved in writing by the Grant Manager) (See Terms and Conditions, subsection (e) under Payment).
-Any food or beverages (e.g. as part of meetings, workshops, training, events, etc.).
-Equipment or other materials that are not primarily used to implement the approved project.
-Staff training that is not directly related to the implementation of the approved project.
-Interest charges or other payments on bonds or indebtedness required to finance the project.
-Any personnel costs incurred as a result of time an employee assigned to the project funded by the grant does not actually work on the project (e.g. use of accrued vacation, sick leave, etc.).
-Costs associated with relocation of inhabitants or storage of personal property.
-Costs connected with contractor claims/liens against the grantee.
-Fines or penalties due to violation of federal, state or local laws, ordinances, or regulations.
-Permit, inspection and use fees.
-Closure activities as defined by 27 CCR section 20164.
-Ground water remediation.
-Operation and maintenance of monitoring systems.
-Post closure maintenance activities.
-Preparation of closure and/or post closure maintenance plans.
-Improvements to property for post closure land uses.
-Removal, abatement, and cleanup or otherwise handling of only hazardous substances as defined in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 [42 U.S.C. section 9601(14)] not co- disposed with nonhazardous solid waste.
-Any other costs not deemed reasonable or related to the purpose of the grant by the CalRecycle Grant Manager.

Those costs not specifically listed as eligible or ineligible are deemed discretionary and may be considered by CalRecycle for approval. Any deviations from the approved budget and Work Plan will require the pre-approval in writing from the Grant Manager.

CalRecycle may consider costs incurred prior to the submittal and approval of the grant application as part of the match as a factor in CalRecycle’s consideration of awarding a grant that provides greater than fifty (50) percent of the project costs. These costs may include expenditures for site investigations and project design. However, CalRecycle will not reimburse cost for services rendered prior to grant term.

Pre-Application Information:

Matching funds are required. Grants are paid on a reimbursement basis.

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:

It is the applicant's responsibility to check the Q&A web page regularly to ensure that they are aware of all program details.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the due date identified in the Timeline for the specific cycle. 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 Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Practices (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:

Question and Answer Period and Due Date:
-July 20, 2017
-September 19, 2017
-December 19, 2017

Application Due Dates:
-August 2, 2017
-November 2, 2017
-February 6, 2018

Secondary Due Dates:
-September 6, 2017
-December 6, 2017
-March 6, 2018

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

Deadline for Final Report, Final Payment Request and Request for 10 Percent Withhold.
-June 30, 2020

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 the Grants Management System (GMS):

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

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

You may also contact:
Jayme Tesser
P: (916) 341-6047
F : (916) 319-7619

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California