Edible Food Recovery Grant Program

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Using Circular Economy Funds, this competitive grant program will provide funding to support new and expanded edible food recovery and food waste prevention projects (food recovered for people or source reduction) in California. Projects must reduce the amount of food being disposed in landfills, thereby helping to achieve the state’s short-lived climate pollutant goals.


Food Recovery Projects: Projects that result in food that would otherwise be destined for landfills, being recovered and distributed to people. Any food waste residuals from the food recovered must be composted, sent to a digester, used as animal feed, or otherwise diverted within the project service area, if available.

Food Waste Prevention Projects: Projects that prevent food waste from being generated and becoming waste that is normally destined for landfills. Food waste prevention projects are only eligible if the proposed grant project includes an edible food recovery project. Examples of food waste prevention projects include:
- Modernizing production and handling practices to prevent and reduce food preparation waste.
- Identifying and modifying ordering practices that result in measurable decreases in food waste.
- Creating and expanding education and outreach programs that result in quantifiable reductions in food waste.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

  • Local governments (cities, counties, or cities and counties)
  • Nonprofit organizations (except private schools)
  • State agencies (including offices, departments, bureaus, and boards)
  • University of California, California State University, or the California Community College campuses
  • Solid Waste Facilities
  • Public School Districts
  • Qualifying Tribal Entities

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
February 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
2/28/22 - 4/3/24

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$0 – $250,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State
The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Dallas Aicega, 1-916-341-6749, Dallas.Aicega@calrecycle.ca.gov