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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Grant Program - Construction

Grants to California Agencies and Tribes for Capital
Projects to Support Waste Removal Programs

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Grants to California government agencies and tribal governments to support waste removal programs. Funding may be used to enhance or improve an existing facility or to construct a new facility. The purpose of this program is to help local governments implement safe Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) programs, which may include public education, source reduction, reuse, recycling, load checking and collection components.

This competitive grant offering is designed to fund construction projects that establish new or expand existing HHW programs in California. 

Grant applications must indicate one of the following types of projects:

  • Construction of a new Permanent HHW Collection Facility or Recycle-Only HHW Collection Facility
  • A construction project that expands/upgrades an existing Permanent HHW Collection Facility or Recycle-Only Collection Facility
Eligible costs are limited to the following:
  • Construction costs for a new or existing Permanent HHW Collection Facility or Recycle-Only HHW Collection Facility.
  • Construction related HHW equipment necessary to provide new and expanded programs and services, operation efficiency, capacity, and collection.
  • HHW signage, personnel, grant administration, and publicity and education provided these costs are related to HHW facility construction.
  • Certain costs associated with indirect costs. See page 6 of the Procedures and Requirements document in Supporting Documents below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 169052

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Estimated Size of Grant:

$250,000 per grant award

Term of Contract:

- September 2021 (tentative): Grants Awarded
- Notice to Proceed – September 30, 2025: Grant Term

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 entities are charter cities or Joint Powers Authorities that include charter cities, the lead participating entity 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 entity 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.

Only one application per qualifying entity will be accepted. Eligible applicants may submit an individual or regional application. One entity must be identified as the lead applicant to act on behalf of itself and its participating jurisdictions. The grants are available to:
- Local governments (cities, counties, and city and counties) as defined in Public Resources Code section 30109 that have direct responsibility for HHW management.
- Regional or local sanitation agencies and waste agencies, having direct responsibility for HHW management.
- Joint Powers Authorities (JPA) if the JPA agreement includes solid and/or hazardous waste management responsibilities.
- Qualifying Indian Tribes with direct responsibility for HHW management. 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:
(1) Is recognized for special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of the status of its members as Indians; or
(2) Can establish that it is a government entity and meets the criteria of the grant program.

HHW construction projects do not qualify for CalRecycle grant funding unless they are past the design phase of the project and are prepared for construction (shovel ready). Applicants must have completed proper site analysis, conceptual design and most of the local approval processes. The permitting, licensing and siting approval process must be well underway. Applicants must provide documentation by providing a completed General Checklist of Business Permits, Licenses and Filings form (CalRecycle 669). The applicant must convincingly indicate that they are beyond the planning phase of the construction project and can successfully complete the HHW construction project before the Grant Term ends (date of Notice to Proceed email to September 30, 2025).

For ineligible costs, see page 6 of the Procedures and Requirements document in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

- April 20, 2021: Questions and Answers Period Due Date: Applicants or interested parties may submit questions from the application release date to this date.
- April 26, 2021 (tentative): Questions and Answers Posted: CalRecycle will post all answers to questions on the CalRecycle website that were submitted during Question and Answer period.
- May 6, 2021: Application Due Date: Applicants must submit applications in GMS by 11:59 p.m. on this date. Customer service will be available until 4:00 p.m. on this date.
- June 3, 2021: Secondary Due Date: Approved Resolution must be uploaded in GMS by this date if it was not
submitted with the application.
- September 2021 (tentative): Grants Awarded

Questions and answers (Q&A) will be posted periodically during the Q&A period at the following webpage:

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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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Questions regarding the application and its requirements must be submitted in writing via email:

If you are unable to access the GMS or need assistance you may send an email to or call Melissa Sanford at the contact information listed below.

Melissa Sanford
(916) 341-6104

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