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CA Dept of Food and Agriculture: State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) – Due 01/26

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

Update 12/20/23: Due to current budget uncertainties, CDFA is pausing the current SWEEP Direct-to-Producer solicitation. An update is expected early 2024. Those who have already started applications will be contacted directly when more information about the program status is available.


Opportunity Title:

State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) – 2023


Funder/Agency:

CA Department of Food and Agriculture


Opportunity Number:

Portal ID: 51555


Description:

SWEEP’s objective is to provide financial incentives for California agricultural operations to invest in irrigation systems that save water and reduce GHG emissions.


Through this solicitation SWEEP will award approximately $21 million to California agricultural operations investing in irrigation systems that reduce GHG emissions and save water.


The proposed SWEEP project must be on a California agricultural operation.

Projects must result in estimated water savings and GHG emission reductions. SWEEP project strategies include:

  • Tools for irrigation scheduling,

  • irrigation system changes or improvements,

  • fuel conversion,

  • improved energy efficiency of pumps,

  • low pressure irrigation system.


CDFA supports innovative projects and recognizes there is variability in irrigation systems throughout California. For this reason, applicants may propose project components that do not fit into the above strategies as long as the comprehensive project will result in estimated water savings using the SWEEP quantification tools. Examples of components that CDFA may fund through SWEEP as part of a comprehensive water-saving and GHG-reducing project include: On-farm water storage (e.g., rainwater capture, surface water reservoir), Irrigation automation, Surface water interconnection or recycled water interconnection, Sub-surface drip irrigation including manure effluent mixing and application systems.


CDFA will reserve twenty-five percent (25 percent) of the funds for farmers and ranchers who identify as belonging to a socially disadvantaged group as defined by the Farmer Equity Act of 2017.


Eligibility:

  • Business

  • Individual

California farmers, ranchers and California Native American Tribes are eligible to apply.


The proposed  project must be on a California agricultural operation. For the purposes of this program, CDFA defines an agricultural operation as row, vineyard, field and tree crops, commercial nurseries, nursery stock production, and greenhouse operations producing food crops or flowers as defined in Food and Agricultural Code section 77911.


Award Details:

Total Amount Available:

$21,000,000


Maximum Award:

$200,000


Deadline:

January 26, 2024



Grant Management Associates has years of experience with opportunities like this one. Contact us today for a consultation.

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