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 Grant Cycle 4A
The Capital Improvement Grant Program – Cycle 4A provides funding for capital improvements that will establish, increase, improve and enhance additional California generated post‑consumer carpet (PCC) reuse, recycling and/or utilization of recycled content product manufacturing.
CARE has allocated $2 million total to award to projects throughout Cycle 4A (2020-21). Round 1 of 4A grants has been awarded — see Grantee Announcement. CARE is re-releasing approximately $500,000 total to award to projects throughout Round 2 of Cycle 4A (2020-21). Individual projects may apply for up to $250,000 in Cycle 4A funds. CARE may reissue this grant solicitation after the first round of applications are received, based on available funding and market readiness. Grantees must achieve project completion by December 31, 2021. CARE will give preference to projects that can prove project impact promptly in 2021 and have a track proven record of operational success. See Round 2 solicitation below.
Product Testing Grant Cycle 3B
Product Testing Grant Cycle 3B 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 3B (2020/21) grant program is $500,000 subject to available funding, with maximum grant awards of $125,000. 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 California PCC material.
Grantees must achieve project completion by September 30, 2021. CARE will give preference to projects that can deliver results by the end of 2020.
Micro Grants for Collection/Reuse Cycle 4M
The purpose of the Micro Grants Program for Collection/Reuse – Cycle 4M 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 4M 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 for Cycle 4M (2021/22) Micro Grants Program for Collection/Reuse. Maximum grant awards for Cycle 4M will be limited to $15,000 for each grant awarded under this Program.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a continuous basis through 2021. Grantees must achieve project completion by December 31, 2022, 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:
Forms for Grant Recipients
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