CalRecycle (a.k.a. the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery) has announced a new grant program targeting food waste. The Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program aims to lower overall greenhouse gas emissions by establishing/expanding food waste prevention and/or rescue projects in California to reduce the amount of food being disposed of in landfills.
Eligible projects include:
- Food waste prevention projects that prevent food waste from being generated and becoming waste normally destined for landfills, with any food waste residuals from the project being sent to composting or digestion when available within the project service area.
- Food rescue projects that result in rescued food being distributed to people, with any food waste residuals from the project being sent to composting or digestion when available with the project service area.
$5,000,000 is available for fiscal year (FY) 2016-17. The funding will be distributed as follows:
- Large Tier: $4,000,000 allocation for large tier projects with minimum grant award of $100,001 and a maximum grant award of $500,000 per application.
- Small Tier: $1,000,000 allocation for small tier projects with minimum grant award of $25,000 and a maximum grant award of $100,000 per application.
For information about eligibility and other details on this competitive grant program, see the notice on the CalRecycle site.
The Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investment projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. For more information, visit California Climate Investments.