CARE has released draft solicitations for Cycle 2 of Capital Improvement grants and Product Testing grants in the California Carpet Stewardship Program. Comments on the solicitations will be accepted through November 13, 2017, with the final solicitations to be published on the CARE website by November 21. Applications are due February 28, 2018. While CARE will conduct the evaluation and determination of grant recipients, final approval and disbursement of funds can only occur AFTER a new Plan is approved by CalRecycle.
Cycle 2A: Capital Improvement Grants
Projects must increase the quantity (pounds) of California generated post-consumer carpet reused, recycled and/or utilized in the manufacturing of Tier 2 recycled products during 2018.
$2 million is allocated for Cycle 2A (2018/2019) Capital Improvement Grants, subject to available funding, with maximum grant awards of $500,000 for each grant awarded. Eligible projects include:
- Capital investment; infrastructure; equipment; construction, renovation or expansion of reuse, recycling or manufacturing facilities which manage or utilize California-generated post-consumer carpet.
- Projects aimed at establishing or increasing the use of recycled output fiber, PC4 backing material, carpet carcass, commercial broadloom, or other material or component of the post-consumer carpet waste stream with potential benefit to the broad carpet recycling marketplace.
Cycle 2B: Product Testing Grants
Cycle 2B will support product testing, research and development, and similar market development activities to improve and enhance post‑consumer carpet (PCC) recycling and utilization of recycled content product manufacturing.
Funding for the Cycle 2B (2018/2019) grant program is $1,000,000, subject to available funding, with maximum grant awards of $250,000. Assistance may include, but is not limited to, the following projects:
- Investigating the use of California-generated PCC material to manufacture established products that do not currently use recycled post-consumer carpet material (i.e. feedstock conversion)
- Testing and/or certifying new or reformulated products containing California-generated PCC material
- Feasibility and/or pilot project studies on potential new uses of PCC material
The draft solicitations and scoring criteria can be read here:
Submit comments by November 13 and requests to be put on the mailing list for grant solicitations to Grants Manager Abbie Beane, email@example.com.
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