Community Composting for Green Spaces Project Site Application
Thank you for your interest in Community Composting for Green Spaces!

The California Alliance for Community Composting (CACC) is looking to support community composting projects across the state in the following 6 regions: Bay Area, Fresno & Central California, Inland Empire, Greater Los Angeles, Sacramento & Northern California, and Greater San Diego.

Groups or projects eligible for application are those who:
-are currently or planning to begin composting at a community scale

-will divert additional organic material from the landfill to their site as a result of participation in this program

-serve priority communities, which include populations affected by economic, social, and/or environmental justice concerns

-are connected to a site that is (or can be made) open to the public at least 4 hours per week and is able to be used for community composting until at least March 1, 2023.

For the purposes of the Community Composting for Green Spaces Program, CACC is defining a community composting project as an organics recovery program organized not-for-profit, for public benefit and/or for locally-distributed benefits oriented towards communities of moderate income or below, to process locally-generated organic materials, including green materials, agricultural materials, food materials, and vegetative food materials, on a small-scale within the same community where these materials are generated and which operates both a) to achieve community, social, economic, and environmental well-being and b) without compounding local or systemic environmental or social justice issues.

The Community Composting for Green Spaces program will primarily provide on the ground support to launch or improve community composting sites across the state by providing resources in the form of:

-Skilled CACC staff to support projects with community composting, organizational and site development, community engagement, data collection & record keeping, community composting hub health assessments, and additional community benefits connected to composting (such as farming, education, volunteer engagement, etc.) for up to 23 months. Some funds for local staffing may also be available.

-Limited infrastructure expenses related to community composting, organizational and site development, tree planting and maintenance, and associated community benefits

-Organizational capacity and program development support aimed at ensuring project sustainability

This Community Composting for Green Spaces Project is funded by CalRecycle as part of the California Climate Investments, a statewide program that directs Cap-and-Trade dollars towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in underserved communities.

CalRecycle limits project and infrastructure spending to the following or similar categories:
-Composting bins or systems
-Vermicomposting bins or systems
-Materials to build composting bins or systems
-Aeration systems for composting
-Solar infrastructure to power aeration systems
-Tools to assist in composting
-Fencing to protect green spaces or composting area
-Infrastructure to access water supply for composting
-Signage for composting area
-Training and environmental education for community members
-Community outreach and volunteer event support
-Soil/Compost testing
-Bicycles or tricycles, including e-bikes, and bicycle trailers for collection of feedstocks or delivery of compost
-Compost thermometers and logbooks
-Bulking agents or chipping services to facilitate hot composting

This application for Support of Community Composting for Green Spaces has nine sections designed to help us learn more about your proposed project. Please do your best to provide answers to all questions. If you have a question about an item, please reach out to us at (323) 522-5020‬ or If you don’t have an answer to a question, you may leave it blank.

Your application will be submitted to CACC when you press submit on the final page of the form.
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