Community Composting for Green Spaces Grant Open for Applications

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is accepting applications for the Community Composting for Green Spaces Grant Program, Cycle 3.  Award amounts will be for Qualifying Tribal Entities in California ranging from $25,000 to $100,000; applications are due on January 23, 2024. 

What is the purpose of this program and who is eligible to apply? The purpose of this grant program is to increase the number of tribal communities operating small-scale composting programs supporting green spaces. This effort will also increase local composting capacity while expanding community knowledge about the benefits of compost use and proper composting techniques.

Green spaces include community gardens, urban farms, and other public spaces where small-scale composting is appropriate. This program will assist tribal communities in overcoming barriers to starting and managing community-based composting programs by providing targeted resources. These resources will increase the ability of tribal community groups to divert materials from landfill, increase their knowledge and experience with composting, and help foster climate resilience.

What is a Qualifying Tribal Entity? This cycle of the grant program is focused on assisting Qualifying Tribal Entities to create or expand existing community composting sites on lands owned, managed, or stewarded by tribal community members. A Qualifying Tribal Entity is defined as a tribe, band, nation or other organized group or community, residing within the borders of California, which:

  • is recognized for special programs and services provided by the United States because of the status of its members as Native Americans; or
  • can establish that it is a government entity, and which meets the criteria of the grant program.

What are eligible project activities? Eligible grant projects include the creation, improvement, or expansion of community composting sites to increase composting of organics and reduce generation of methane from organic waste decomposing in landfills.

What are the requirements of this grant program? Requirements for this program include:

  • All project sites must be located in California and on lands owned, managed, or stewarded by members of a tribal community.
  • All project sites must result in the creation of new, improved, or expanded community composting sites.

What are the program’s funding amounts? There is a total funding availability of $510,000 for this fiscal year. Award amounts will range from $25,000 to $100,000 per grant award.

What is the grant timeline? Applications are due on January 23, 2024 by 11:59 pm PT and award announcements are anticipated for March 2024.

The Grant Term begins on the date that CalRecycle sends the Notice to Proceed email. The Grant Term ends on April 1, 2026.

The full Application Guidelines and Instructions can be found here.

For more information on this program or how to apply with Morrison’s assistance, please contact the Morrison Grants Team by email at or call us at 530-893-4764.


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