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Tire-Derived Aggregate (TDA) Grant Program

Grants to California Agencies, Schools, Nonprofits, and
For-Profits for Projects Using Tire-Derived Products

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California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Deadline Date:

01/30/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to California local government agencies, special districts, state agencies, schools, IHEs, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and tribes for projects and installations that use tire-derived aggregate materials. Project categories include vibration mitigation, low impact development and stormwater management, lightweight fill, and landfill application.

The purpose of the grant is to promote the use of tire-derived aggregate (TDA) to increase recycling of California-generated waste tires. The Program provides assistance to civil engineers in solving a variety of engineering challenges. TDA is produced from shredded tires, is lightweight, free-draining, and a less expensive alternative to conventional lightweight aggregates.

Eligible projects generally fall into one of four categories. See the TDA Uses web page ( for more complete descriptions.

- Category 1: Lightweight fill (slope stabilization, embankment fill, landslide repair, and retaining walls).
- Category 2: Vibration mitigation (under rail lines).
- Category 3: Low impact development/storm water management.
- Category 4: Landfill application (aggregate replacement projects such as leachate and gas collection systems, drainage layers, leachate injection). Projects that are currently underway or that have been completed at the same location within the same facility within three years of application are not eligible. Landfill application projects do not include use of shredded waste tires as alternative daily cover or alternative intermediate cover. Additionally, these landfill application project(s) are not eligible for consideration as a Very Large Project (see below for definition) and are limited to a maximum of $350,000 even if the project exceeds 4,000 tons.

All projects are subject to the following requirements:

- Only California-generated waste tires, processed in California, must be used in the TDA portion of the project(s).
- The project(s) must be located in California.
- A minimum of 500 tons of TDA must be used in the project(s), with the exception of Low Impact Development projects, which must use a minimum of 200 tons of TDA in the project(s).
- Plans and specifications must be reviewed by CalRecycle staff and/or its contractor(s) prior to commencement of work. For details, see the Application Guidelines document below.
- Each project must incorporate technical assistance/training that will be provided by CalRecycle contractors and/or staff.
- The real property on which the project will be located must be owned by the applicant (or by a member of an applicant JPA).
- If applicant’s ownership of the property on which the project(s) is located does not give it complete and clear access to the project site(s), then prior to incurring any grant-eligible costs, applicant must obtain any and all access rights (e.g., easements) to the project site(s) necessary to complete the project(s) within the grant term and shall ensure that such access extends to CalRecycle staff and/or its designated contractors for the purpose of observing the project, providing technical assistance and/or training during the grant term. Such access must be in writing from the legal owner or his/her authorized agent.

Eligible costs are costs directly related to the TDA portion of the project only and are limited to the following:

- TDA material (purchase and transportation)
- Installation
- Testing
- Engineering/design work

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169132

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Estimated Size of Grant:

$350,000 is the maximum available for individual grant awards, except for VLPs. VLPs are each eligible for grant awards up to $750,000, subject to funding availability, with a limit of one per applicant.

Term of Contract:

The Grant Term begins on the date of the Notice to Proceed email. Grant-eligible program expenditures may start no earlier than the date indicated in the Notice to Proceed.

The Grant Term ends on April 1, 2022 and all eligible program costs must be incurred by this date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:

-All California local government entities (including cities, counties, and cities and counties).
-Special districts (including transportation districts).
-Joint Powers Authorities (JPA) (where all JPA members are also otherwise eligible applicants).
-Public school districts.
-All California State agencies (including offices, departments, bureaus, and boards).
-University of California campuses, the California State University campuses, and California Community Colleges.
-Private, for-profit entities. For purposes of this Program, a “private, for-profit entity” (PFP) is defined as a business intended to operate at a profit and return a profit to its owner(s).  The business must be California-based or domiciled in another state with an existing operational presence in California (certain limitations apply; please see Application Guidelines and Instructions for complete details).
-Nonprofit organizations (except private elementary or secondary schools) registered with the federal government under section 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: (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 which meets the criteria of the grant program.

Joint Powers Authorities (JPA) may submit a grant application as an individual applicant. The JPA must upload a copy of its joint powers agreement giving it authority over solid waste management, listing all member entities, and containing the signature of all members. An entity may not submit an individual application if that entity is also a member of an applicant JPA.

Charter cities must comply with Labor Code sections 1770-1782. See the guidelines for more details.

Ineligible Costs:

Pre-Application Information:

Customer service will only be provided until 4:00 PM on the application due date.

Application Due Dates (Applications must be submitted in GMS by 11:59 p.m. on
this date):
- August 1, 2019
- October 31, 2019
- January 30, 2020

If the resolution is not submitted with the application, the approved resolution must be uploaded in GMS by the Secondary Due 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 the Secondary Due Date.

Secondary Due Dates:
- August 29, 2019
- December 4, 2019
- Februrary 27, 2020

Grants Awarded:
- October 2019
- January 2020
- April 2020

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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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Natalie Gandolfo
(916) 341-6809

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