Notice of Funds Available: Community Composting for Green Spaces (FY 2021-22)

Criteria| Eligibility | Funding | Timeline and Cycle Details| Grant Administration Documents

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers this program to increase the number of community groups operating small-scale composting programs supporting green spaces within Priority Population communities. This effort will also increase local composting capacity while expanding community knowledge about the benefits of compost use and proper composting techniques. Green spaces include community gardens, urban farms, and other public spaces where small-scale composting is appropriate. This program will assist community groups in overcoming barriers to starting and managing community-based composting programs by providing targeted resources. These resources will increase the ability of community groups to divert materials from landfill, increase their knowledge and experience with composting, and help foster climate resilience. Other goals of the program include identifying success factors for community-scale composting and providing models for effective and sustainable community composting operations.

Criteria

Approval of Criteria, August 5, 2022.

Eligibility

Applicants

  • Local governments.
    • Cities, counties, and cities and counties as defined in Public Resources Code section 30109.
    • Regional or local sanitation agencies, waste agencies, or Joint Powers Authorities.
  • Special Districts.
    •  Defined as entities subject to the Minimum Audit Requirements and Reporting Guidelines for California Special Districts described in 2 CCR section 1131.2.
    •  Including, but not limited to, Resource Conservation Districts, Parks Districts, or Sanitation District.
  • Nonprofit organizations (except private schools).
    • Nonprofit organizations must be registered with the federal government under 501(c)3, (c)4, (c)6 or (c)10 of the Internal Revenue Code and must be registered in the State of California with the Department of Justice.
  • State agencies (including offices, departments, bureaus, and boards).
  • University of California campuses, California State University campuses, or the California Community College campuses.
  • Qualifying Tribal Entities.
    •  Qualifying Tribal Entity is defined as a 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 because of the status of its members as Native Americans; or
      2. Can establish that it is a government entity and meets the criteria of the grant program.

Projects

Eligible grant projects include regional plans for outreach for the grant project and collaboration with community groups on the creation, improvement, or expansion of community composting sites throughout the Region to increase composting of organics and reduce generation of methane from organic waste decomposing in landfills with a focus on providing benefits to Priority Populations.

  • All project sites must be located in California.
  • Site selection must include a focus on project sites within or benefiting Priority Populations and prioritize that population in the following order.
    1. Project sites located in and serving communities identified as disadvantaged communities.
    2. Project sites located in and serving communities identified as low-income communities.
    3. Project sites providing benefits to, but not located in, communities identified as disadvantaged or low-income communities.
  • All project sites must result in the creation of new, improved, or expanded community composting sites.
  • Grantee must provide proof that the project site is authorized for use for the grant term.
  •  Project sites must be within the Region for which the applicant applies. Exceptions may be made to allow project sites in or overlapping with a neighboring region near the border upon approval by the Grant Manager.
  • Project sites must be publicly accessible for at least four hours per week.
  • Projects must include testing of compost produced at each project site at least once during the Grant Term for quality and safety, including metal concentrations, physical contamination levels, and pathogen levels; and for specific characteristics, including pH, soluble salts, nutrient content, organic matter, maturity, stability, and physical contaminants (i.e., inerts, including glass, metal, and plastic).

Funding

  • $4,240,000 available for fiscal year (FY) 2021-22
  • Funds will be awarded to the highest scoring, passing application in each of the Regions. Grant Award amounts are determined by region, as follows:

Community Composting Grant (CCG2) Region Counties and Allocations

RegionCounties IncludedAllocation
Inland EmpireRiverside and San Bernardino$547,000
Greater Los Angeles AreaLos Angeles, Orange, Santa Barbara, and Ventura$1,232,000
San Diego and Imperial AreaSan Diego and Imperial$365,000
Sacramento ValleyButte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Shasta, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo, and Yuba$358,000
San Joaquin ValleyFresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Stanislaus, and Tulare$716,000
San Francisco Bay AreaAlameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and San Benito$422,000
Northern AreaDel Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Siskiyou, Trinity, and Sierra$300,000
Central SierraAlpine, Amador, Calaveras, Inyo, Mariposa, Mono, and Tuolumne$300,000

Timeline and Cycle Details

DatesActivity and Details
September 13, 2022

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 e-mail:
    shaina.meiners@calrecycle.ca.gov
    .
  • 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 webpage regularly to ensure that they are aware of all program details.
October 20, 2022

Application Due Date

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

November 10, 2022

Secondary Due Date--Resolution and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Practices (EPPP) Policy

  • If the resolution is not submitted with the application: The approved resolution must be uploaded in GMS by this date.
  • If the applicant does not have an EPPP Policy at the time of application: An EPPP Policy must be adopted and notification must be uploaded in GMS by this date.
February 2023

Grants Awarded

CalRecycle considers funding recommendations, and if approved, conditionally awards grants in this month (tentative).

April 1, 2025

Grant Performance Period

Grantee may incur costs after the issuance of the Notice to Proceed to this date.

April 1, 2025

Deadline for: Final Report and final Payment Reequest.

Grant Administration Documents

Terms and Conditions

Notice: Submission of an application constitutes an acknowledgment that you have read these Terms and Conditions and understood and agreed that they will be part of the Grant Agreement upon an award of any grant funds.
The text of these Terms and Conditions may not be altered, changed or revised in any way, except in writing by mutual agreement of the parties pursuant to the Amendment provision herein. In the event of any dispute regarding the content of these Terms and Conditions, the original document contained in the grant cycle file located at the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 will control. These Terms and Conditions are applicable only to the specified cycle and/or Fiscal Year of the particular grant program specified.

If you require assistance in obtaining access to this document, please use the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Procedures and Requirements

Notice: These Procedures and Requirements are in draft form. Upon issuance of Grant Agreement, these Procedures and Requirements shall become final.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the Procedures and Requirements prior to issuance of the Grant Agreement. Any such changes will be non-negotiable. In the event that any changes are made to the Procedures and Requirements, all Grantees will be notified as to what specific changes have been made.

Once the Grant Agreement has been issued and the Procedures and Requirements have become final, the text of the incorporated Procedures and Requirements may not be altered, changed or revised in any way, except in writing by mutual agreement of the parties pursuant to the Amendment provision contained in the Terms and Conditions. In the event of any dispute regarding the content of the incorporated Procedures and Requirements, the original document contained in the grant cycle file located at the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 will control. These Procedures and Requirements are applicable only to the specific cycle and/or Fiscal Year of the particular grant program specified.

If you require assistance in obtaining access to this document, please use the contact information at the bottom of this page.

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