The CDFA just opened an $18 million funding round for on-farm projects that provide water savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides grants for activities such as:
- upgrades to more efficient pumps
- conversion to drip
- installation of solar panels to produce renewable energy
- improved water storage and/or recycling
- soil moisture monitoring and scheduling
For more information: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/
Up to $200,000 per agricultural operation is available, and a 50% match is recommended but not required. Applications are due August 5, 2016. View the program’s webpage and application materials by clicking here.
Free Technical Assistance is being offered to SWEEP applicants. We encourage you to attend one of the 23 in-depth technical assistance workshops throughout California. View the list of workshops by clicking here.
CDFA is also offering four grant application workshops in Yolo, Imperial, San Luis Obispo, and Fresno Counties. View the list of info sessions by clicking here.
For a helpful overview of the application resources available on the SWEEP webpage, watch this short video.