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Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program

Grants to California Local Governments, Agencies, For-Profits,
IHEs, Nonprofits, and Tribes to Improve the Environment

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California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

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Grants to California local governments, agencies, for-profits, IHEs, nonprofit organizations, and tribes to improve the environment and strengthen the recycling industry. The program is intended for new and existing projects to construct, renovate, or expand facilities to recycle fiber (paper, old corrugated cardboard, paper board, or textiles), plastic, or glass.


  • Construction, renovation or expansion of facilities to increase in-state infrastructure to manufacture a finished product using California derived fiber, (paper, old corrugated cardboard, paper board, or textiles), plastic, or glass.
    • The project must result in an increase in tons of material diverted from landfills.
    • Applicant/Grantee must provide an agreement/contract with a California entity (e.g. Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)) that will supply the feedstock
  • Construction, renovation, or expansion of facilities to increase in-state infrastructure for production of a fiber, plastic or glass intermediate commodity that will be supplied to a domestic manufacturing facility for the production of a finished product. 
    1. The project must result in an increase in tons of material diverted from landfills.
    2. Applicant/Grantee must provide an agreement/contract with a California entity (e.g. Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)) that will supply the feedstock.
    3. If the manufacturing facility that will receive the intermediate commodity from the grant applicant also submits an application, applicants must demonstrate how each project will result in discrete increases in tons of material diverted from landfills and reductions in GHG emissions..
  • Expansion of projects that have previously received GHG reduction funds are eligible provided the project meets the grant criteria and the previously funded project is progressing in a manner satisfactory to CalRecycle.

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GrantWatch ID#: 144497

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Large Project Tier: $9,460,830 allocation for large tier projects with a minimum grant award of $250,001 and a maximum grant award of $3,000,000 per application.
- Small Project Tier: $1,000,000 allocation for small tier projects with a minimum grant award of $125,000 and a maximum grant award of $250,000 per application.

Term of Contract:

The Final Report is due April 3, 2023. This report should cover grant activities from the Notice to Proceed date through the Grant Performance Period end date, February 28, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:
- Local governments (cities, counties, or cities and counties). 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.
- Private, for-profit entities. For purposes of this program, a “private, for-profit entity” is defined as a business intended to operate at a profit and return a profit to its owners. The business must be qualified to do business in California and be in good standing with all applicable California state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Secretary of State and the Franchise Tax Board. Any and all subsidiaries, divisions or affiliated businesses are considered part of the primary business entity for the purpose of applying for and receiving a grant award under the Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program. A business is considered an “affiliated business” if it has at least one owner with a 40 percent or greater interest in another applicant business.
- State agencies (including offices, departments, bureaus, and boards).
- The University of California, the California State University, or California Community Colleges.
- Nonprofit organizations (except private schools) registered with the federal government under 501(c)3, (c)4, (c)6 or (c)10 of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Qualifying Indian Tribes. A “Qualifying Indian Tribe” is defined as an Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, residing within the borders of California, which: Is recognized for special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of the status of its members as Indians; or Can establish that it is a government entity and which meets the criteria of the grant program.

Ineligible costs can be found on page 7 of the Procedures and Requirements document. See Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

December 22, 2020: 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
- 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.

January 14, 2021: Application Due Date
- Application Guidelines and Instructions
- Application Access: Applications must be submitted via the Grants Management System (GMS) by this date.
- Customer service will be provided until 4:00 p.m. on the application due date.

April 2021: Grants Awarded
- CalRecycle considers funding recommendations, and if approved, conditionally awards grants during this month (tentative).

February 28, 2023: Grant Performance Period
- Grantee may incur costs after the issuance of the Notice to Proceed to this date.

April 3, 2023: Deadline
- Deadline for Final Report and final Payment Request.

Contact Information:

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

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If you are unable to access GMS or need assistance, please send an email to or call Joe Pacheco.

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