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FY 2018-19 Illegal Disposal Site Abatement Grant Program

Grants to California Local and State Agencies
to Clean Up Solid Waste from Illegal Dumping Sites

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California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Deadline Date:

03/06/19 11:59 PM


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Grants to California cities, counties, state agencies, districts, and Joint Powers Authorities for solid waste clean up projects on illegal dumping sites. Funding is intended to protect the environment and promote public health and safety.

The purpose of the grant is to clean up solid waste sites and solid waste at co-disposal sites where the responsible party either cannot be identified or is unwilling or unable to pay for timely remediation and where cleanup is needed to protect public health and safety and/or the environment.

Widespread illegal dumping of solid waste adversely impacts Californians in many ways. Properties on which illegal dumping occurs lose economic value; create public health and safety and environmental problems; and degrade the enjoyment and pride in the affected communities. Abandoned, idled, or underutilized properties due to unauthorized dumping impact what were once the sources of economic benefits to a community. Many such properties have been abandoned or have owners who are unable or unwilling to pay the costs of cleanup.

Eligible projects and products are solid waste cleanup project sites where cleanup is needed to protect public health and safety or the environment within the applicant’s jurisdiction.

Eligible costs are limited to the following:

- Waste removal and disposal.
- Security measures such as fences, barriers, warning signs, and other measures to prevent recurring illegal dumping at the remediated sites. These prevention measures and staff time are limited to no more than 25 percent of the overall grant amount. These measures can include public information materials.
- Health and safety measures required for eligible project work.

These costs may include, but are not limited to, expenditures for contractors, public agency labor, rental equipment, preparation of designs, or consultant services directly associated with an eligible cost item.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175630

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$500,000 is the maximum available for individual grant awards.

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, 2021 and all eligible program costs must be incurred by this date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant funds are available to public entities, including counties, cities, districts, state agencies, and Joint Powers Authorities.

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.

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:

- Staff costs not directly related to grant related eligible activities listed above and grant administration. This includes 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 incurred prior to receipt of the Notice to Proceed letter or after
- June 30, 2021.Expenses for services rendered or goods purchased prior to the date indicated on 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 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 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.
- 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.
- 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 codisposed with nonhazardous solid waste.
- Any other costs not deemed reasonable or related to the purpose of the grant by the Grant Manager.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline for the November 14 deadline:

- October 17, 2018: Question and Answer Period and Due Date; Questions may be submitted from application release date to this date. Questions regarding the application and its requirements must be submitted in writing via email
- November 14, 2018: Application Due Date; Customer service will only be provided until 4:00 p.m. on the application due date.
- December 12, 2018: Secondary Due Date-Resolution and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Practices (EPPP) Policy
- February 2019: Grants Awarded
- June 30, 2021: Grant Term

Timeline for the March 6 deadline:

- February 6, 2019: Question and Answer Period and Due Date; Questions may be submitted from application release date to this date. Questions regarding the application and its requirements must be submitted in writing via email
- March 6, 2019: Application Due Date; Customer service will only be provided until 4:00 p.m. on the application due date.
- April 3, 2019: Secondary Due Date-Resolution and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Practices (EPPP) Policy
- May 2019: Grants Awarded
- June 30, 2021: Grant Term

Consistent with CalRecycle’s core values, all applicants are required to have or develop, adopt, and implement an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Practices (EPPP) Policy for their organizations. See the Guidelines document below for more information.

Applicants who have an EPPP Policy in place prior to submitting their application must certify to this fact on the Detail tab in the application. Applicants that do not have an EPPP Policy at the time of application submittal must adopt one by the secondary due date and upload the EPPP Notification to the application.

Questions must be received by the date identified in the Timeline for the specific cycle or they will not be accepted.

Periodically during the Question and Answer (Q&A) period, Q&As will be posted on the Q&As website. The Q&A website can be accessed from the Notice of Funds Available or from the application. Similar or related questions may be grouped together or reworded for clarity and responded to as one question. All Q&As will be posted approximately two weeks after the deadline and are subject to updates. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check this website for the latest information.

All payments are reimbursed in arrears and based on verified actual costs and proof of payment as well as compliance with the grant agreement.

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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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USA: California