Beverage Container Redemption Innovation Grant Program

The Beverage Container Redemption Innovation Grant Program (Program) helps pay start-up costs for recycling programs. 

This grant program allows different types of redemption to encourage recycling center innovation that can increase places to redeem California Refund Value (CRV) around the state.


Eligible applicants include:

  • Dealers
  • ​Existing Certified Recycling Centers
  • ​New Recycling Center Businesses
  • ​Community Service Program (SP)

​Organizational types within the eligible applicant pools: 

  • ​Non-Profit Organizations – Non-profit organizations (except private K-12 schools) registered with the federal government under 501(c)3, (c)6, or (c)10 of the Internal Revenue Code
  • ​Local Governments – California cities, counties, and other local government entities
  • ​Private entities and for-profit businesses
  • ​Public colleges and universities
  • ​Qualifying Tribal Entities


  • ​​Mobile Recycling
  • ​Reverse Vending Machines (RVM)
  • ​Bag Drop Programs

Eligible Costs:

  • Equipment
  • Transportation and Travel Costs/Fees
  • Education/Outreach/Advertising
  • Vehicles/Trucks
  • Lease of Office Space, Land, Recycling Facilities, etc.
  • Licensing and Permits
  • Personnel

Non-infrastructure costs are limited to 20 percent of the total award amount.

Combined costs include:

  • Permitting
  • Personnel
  • Public education/outreach
  • Indirect costs
  • Office space
  • Property lease and
  • General administrative costs not related to construction or installation


To be determined in the state budget.

Contact Information

For more information, contact


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Current Grant Cycle

Application materials for fiscal year 2022–23 were due: April 16, 2024

Awarded Grant Cycles

  • No current grantees at this time.

How to Apply

Watch for the Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) on either of these two web pages:

Online Applications

CalRecycle grant applications are submitted online through the CalRecycle Grants Management System (GMS).


Join the Beverage Container Recycling Grants Listserv to receive emails when the Notice of Funds Available is released.

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