- Brown Belt
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In California there is grant money available from several sources, also low interest loans. Generally, the grant money is given to projects that are selected from a pool of applicants, and the general idea is that the project is funded 50% with the grant money, and 50% with money put up by the applicant. The low interest loans are available to start ups, but qualifying can be a rigorous ordeal. Unproven technology is probably not likely to get a green light. You may be able to gain the interest of a company which has an interest in environmental projects, and they may be able to apply for and receive grant money once the product is viable; however, you admit that the environmental connection is somewhat tenuous, so be realistic. If your project removes material from the waste stream, i.e. through recycling or reuse of materials that would otherwise end up in landfills, this is your best bet.