CARE’s California Carpet Stewardship Program provides grant funding to establish, increase, improve and enhance California-generated post‑consumer carpet (PCC) collection, recycling, and utilization in recycled-content product manufacturing.
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Current Grant Cycles
Capital Improvement Grants
The Capital Improvement Grant Program provides funding for capital improvements that will establish, increase, improve and enhance additional California-generated post-consumer carpet (PCC) collection, reuse, recycling and/or utilization of recycled content product manufacturing.
CARE has allocated $750,000 total to award to projects throughout Cycle 6A (2023-25). Individual projects may apply for up to $500,000 in Cycle 6A funds. Grantees must achieve project completion by December 31, 2025. CARE will give preference to projects that can prove project impact in 2024 and have a proven track record of operational growth and success.
Product Testing Grants
Product Testing Grants provide funding for activities that will focus on product testing, research and development, and similar market development activities to improve and enhance post-consumer carpet (PCC) recycling and utilization of recycled PCC-content product manufacturing. CARE may also consider projects which evaluate innovative ideas to enhance PCC collection. Applications are open now; the application deadline is August 8, 2023. See application form below for details.
Cycle 5B seeks proposals to develop new products or applications for products using PCC material generated in California from qualified applicants. CARE has allocated up to $150,000 total to award to projects throughout Cycle 5B (2023/24). Individual projects may apply for up to $50,000 in Cycle 5B funds.
Testing Grant (Cycle 5B) Questions and Answers (see last question/answer)
Cycle 5B Budget Template (download)
Micro Grants for Collection/Reuse Cycle 5M
The purpose of the Micro Grants Program for Collection/Reuse – Cycle 5M is to promote the additional collection and reuse of California post-consumer carpet (PCC). The definition of “additional” under this program is PCC that was previously sent to landfill, alternative daily cover, waste-to-energy, kiln or used for carpet-as-alternative-fuel. Cycle 5M funds will be awarded for the infrastructure projects and/or purchase of equipment that supports the operational logistics of properly collecting and/or reusing California PCC under a new or established program.
$100,000 is funded annually for Cycle 5M Micro Grants Program for Collection/Reuse. Maximum grant awards for Cycle 5M will be limited to $15,000 for each grant awarded under this Program.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a continuous basis until further notice. Grantees must achieve project completion by December 31, 2023, or within one year of the project’s Notice to Proceed, whichever comes first. See the Solicitation below for complete details on eligibility, requirements and schedule:
Cycle 5M Application Template (if applicant does not wish to use online application form)
Collection Strategies/Small Infrastructure Award Pilot Program
CARE’s pilot program aims to increase the convenience and amount of post-consumer carpet collection. The New Collection Strategies/Small Infrastructure Award Pilot Program will provide funding for new initiatives and strategies that will increase, improve and enhance the collection of California-generated post-‑consumer carpet (PCC) or introduce strategies to significantly increase current PCC collection from locations not currently recycling with CARE or CARE partners. The precise focus of this Program is subject to adjustment by CARE, consistent with the overall goals of the Program. Program applications wee due no later than March 31, 2022.
Innovation & Design Grants
CARE ‘s Innovation and Design Grant Program was launched to improve and enhance California-sourced PCC recycling. The I&D grants will provide funding for testing and development activities that create:
- a more recyclable and environmentally sustainable carpet design and/or
- post-consumer carpet content products that are more reusable, recyclable and/or have a decreased environmental footprint.
CARE has allocated up to $200,000 total to award to projects throughout this Program in 2024. Individual projects may apply for $10,000 to $100,000 in Cycle I&D funds. Cycle I&D grant funding will depend on the availability of funds from the California Carpet Stewardship Program. Grantees must achieve project completion by June 30, 2025. This program will accept applications through February 29, 2024. See solicitation below.
Innovation & Design Grant Solicitation (October 2023)
Innovation & Design Grant Question & Answers (Q&A) (November 2022)
Forms for Grant Recipients
FAQs – Questions & Answers