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Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program

Grants to California Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
and IHEs to Divert Food Waste from Landfills

GrantWatch ID#: 181719
Agency Type:

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California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

07/18/17 11:59 PM

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Grants to California nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, tribes, school districts, and IHEs for projects that divert food waste from landfills. The purpose of this program is to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions through the implementation of new food waste rescue and prevention projects, as well as the expansion of existing programs.

The Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

Project Requirements:

Projects must be located in California and result in permanent, annual, and measurable:

1. Reductions in GHG emissions attributed to the production, processing, packaging, distribution, and landfilling of California-generated food materials; and

2. Increases in quantity (tons) of California-generated food materials, newly diverted from landfill and prevented or rescued from disposal. For the purpose of this program, “newly diverted” means the tons of materials that are currently being landfilled that will instead be diverted as a result of this project.

Eligible Projects:

-Food waste prevention projects that prevent food waste from being generated and becoming waste normally destined for landfills, with any food waste residuals from the project being sent to composting or digestion when available within the project service area.

-Food rescue projects that result in rescued food being distributed to people, with any food waste residuals from the project being sent to composting or digestion when available within the project service area.

Eligible Costs:

Eligible costs may be incurred only during the Grant Term. All grant expenditures must be for activities, products, and costs specifically included in the approved Work Plan and approved Budget.

Eligible costs include, but are not limited to:
-Refrigerators, freezers, and refrigeration systems
-Transportation such as refrigerated trucks
-Storage and collection infrastructure such as food crates or bins
-Food preparation and cooking items such as ovens, ranges, etc.
-Salaries, public education, and/or outreach costs not exceeding: twenty-five percent of the applicant’s requested grant amount for large tier projects; fifty percent of the applicant’s requested grant amount for small tier projects.
-Software costs (food waste online exchange and source reduction platforms) not
exceeding: ten percent of the applicant’s requested grant amount for large tier projects; twenty-five percent of the applicant’s requested grant amount for small tier projects.

$5,000,000

-Large Tier: Minimum grant award of $100,001 and a maximum grant award of $500,000 per application.

-Small Tier: Minimum grant award of $25,000 and a maximum grant award of $100,000 per application.

The Grant Term begins on the date of the Notice to Proceed email, which is sent after the grant is awarded and the grant agreement is fully executed. 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. The Final Report and final Payment Request are due on April 1, 2020. CalRecycle recommends reserving the period from March 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020 exclusively for the preparation of the Final Report and final Payment Request, though they may be completed earlier. Costs incurred to prepare the Final Report and final Payment Request are only eligible for reimbursement during the Grant Term.

Grants to California nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, tribes, school districts, and IHEs for projects that divert food waste from landfills. The purpose of this program is to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions through the implementation of new food waste rescue and prevention projects. Funding is also available for the expansion of existing programs.

The Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.

Project Requirements:

Projects must be located in California and result in permanent, annual, and measurable:

1. Reductions in GHG emissions attributed to the production, processing, packaging, distribution, and landfilling of California-generated food materials; and

2. Increases in quantity (tons) of California-generated food materials, newly diverted from landfill and prevented or rescued from disposal. For the purpose of this program, “newly diverted” means the tons of materials that are currently being landfilled that will instead be diverted as a result of this project.

Eligible Projects:

-Food waste prevention projects that prevent food waste from being generated and becoming waste normally destined for landfills, with any food waste residuals from the project being sent to composting or digestion when available within the project service area.

-Food rescue projects that result in rescued food being distributed to people, with any food waste residuals from the project being sent to composting or digestion when available within the project service area.

Eligible Costs:

Eligible costs may be incurred only during the Grant Term. All grant expenditures must be for activities, products, and costs specifically included in the approved Work Plan and approved Budget. Eligible costs include, but are not limited to:

-Refrigerators, freezers, and refrigeration systems
-Transportation such as refrigerated trucks
-Storage and collection infrastructure such as food crates or bins
-Food preparation and cooking items such as ovens, ranges, etc.
-Salaries, public education, and/or outreach costs not exceeding: twenty-five percent of the applicant’s requested grant amount for large tier projects; fifty percent of the applicant’s requested grant amount for small tier projects.
-Software costs (food waste online exchange and source reduction platforms) not
exceeding: ten percent of the applicant’s requested grant amount for large tier projects; twenty-five percent of the applicant’s requested grant amount for small tier projects.

A total of $5,000,000 is available for this grant cycle, fiscal year 2016-17.
$4,000,000 is allocated for large tier projects; $1,000,000 is allocated for small tier projects.

Dates:

June 28, 2017: Question and Answer Period
-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.
-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:
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Climate/GrantsLoans/FoodWaste/FY201617/Apply/QandA.htm

July 11, 2017: All answers will be posted (tentative).

July 18, 2017: Application due by 11:59 PM
-Application Access: applications must be submitted via the Grants Management System (GMS) by this date.
-Customer service will be provided until 4:00 PM on the application due date.

August 15, 2017: Secondary Due Date
-The approved Resolution/Letter of Commitment must be uploaded in GMS by this date.
-If applicable, an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Practices (EPPP) Policy must be adopted and the EPPP Notification document must be uploaded in GMS by this date.

October/November 2017: Grants Awarded
-CalRecycle considers funding recommendations, and if approved, conditionally awards grants during this month (tentative).

April 1, 2020: Grant Term
-Grantee may incur costs after the issuance of the Notice to Proceed to this date.
-Deadline for Final Report, final Payment Request and Request for 10 Percent Withhold.

Approval of Criteria:
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Actions/PublicNoticeDetail.aspx?id=2029&aiid=1851

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

Applications must be submitted via the Grants Management System (GMS):
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Funding/GMS/default.htm

If you are unable to access GMS or need assistance, please send an email to grantassistance@calrecycle.ca.gov or call Ms. Cara Rothenbaum.

Ms. Cara Rothenbaum
P: (916) 341-6117
F: (916) 319-7162
Cara.Rothenbaum@CalRecycle.ca.gov

Questions regarding the application and its requirements must be submitted in writing via e-mail: GHGReductions@CalRecycle.ca.gov

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