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: https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/grantsloans/foodwaste/fy201920
- 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 https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/grantsloans/foodwaste/fy201920 .
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: https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/grantsloans/foodwaste/fy201920 .
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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