Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program (Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, Fiscal Year 201-20 Funds)

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The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery administers the Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program pursuant to Public Resource Code section 42999. The purpose of this competitive grant program is to lower greenhouse gas emissions by establishing new or expanding existing food waste prevention projects (source reduction or food rescue for people) in California to reduce the amount of food being disposed in landfills.


The Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program will provide funds (as a reimbursement grant) to support the expansion of existing projects or establishment of new food waste prevention (source reduction) and/or rescue projects (food rescue for people) in California. The Program meets policy driven legislation and strategies, and reduces the amount of food being disposed in landfills. This investment will reduce methane emissions from landfills; benefit disadvantaged and low-income communities; feed people in need; and create jobs. Eligible projects include: Food waste prevention projects that prevent food waste from being generated and becoming waste that is normally destined for landfills. Food rescue projects that result in rescued food being distributed to people, that would otherwise be destined for landfills. Any food waste residuals from the food rescue project must be composted or sent to a digester within the project service area (if available). Eligible expenses and activities will be described in the application documents. Eligible expenses will include, but are not limited to: refrigeration systems, refrigerated vehicles, personnel, food waste prevention tracking equipment/software, and food preparation items. Projects must be located in California and result in permanent, annual, and measurable: Reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributed to the production, processing, packaging, distribution, and landfilling of California-generated food waste; and Increases in quantity (tons) of California-generated food waste, newly diverted from landfills, and prevented or rescued from disposal.“Newly diverted” means the tons of materials that are currently being landfilled that will instead be diverted as a result of this project. Projects resulting in a net increase of GHG emissions are ineligible and will not be recommended for funding. Eligibility Only two distinct and separate applications per qualifying entity will be accepted. Eligible applicants may submit individual, cooperative or regional applications. For a cooperative or regional application, one entity must be identified as the lead participant to act on behalf of the participating entities. A maximum of three other participants are allowed. Lead participants and participating entities are subject to the two-application rule. Eligible applicants are described in the application documents. Funding $4,000,000 available for fiscal year (FY) 2019-20 $150,000 minimum and $300,000 maximum per grant award Application Applications are due by November 20, 2020 and must be submitted via the CalRecycle Grants Management System. For complete grant information, how to apply and other information, visit:

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

For a complete list of eligible applicant types, please visit the CalRecycle FY 2019-20 Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program webpage at .

Eligible Geographies:

Proposed projects must be located in California and reduce GHG emissions through food waste prevention or rescue of food that would otherwise be sent to California landfills. Applicants must be qualified to do business in California and be in good standing with all applicable California state agencies.  For a complete list of eligibility requirements visit: .

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.
March 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
April 3, 2023

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.
$150,000 – $300,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
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

Funding Source Notes:

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) receives Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds appropriated by the Legislature and Governor for projects that support the goals of AB 32. Eligible investments identified in Statute include reducing greenhouse gas emissions through increased in-state diversion of municipal solid waste from disposal through waste reduction, diversion, and reuse.

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.


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