2022 DAIRY DIGESTER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Portal ID:
9566
Status:
Closed (27 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:

Details

Purpose:

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP), awards competitive grants to California dairy operations and digester developers for the implementation of dairy digesters that result in long-term methane emission reductions on California dairies and minimize or mitigate adverse environmental impacts.

Description:

The Budget Act of 2021 (SB 170, Chapter 240) appropriated $32 million from the California State Budget to CDFA for methane emissions reductions from dairy and livestock operations. CDFA will make approximately $18.2 million (60% of $30.4 million) available for the DDRDP. The Alternative Manure Management Program
(AMMP) will receive approximately $12.2 million (40% of $30.4 million) to support non-digester practices that reduce methane from dairy and livestock operations, which includes an allocation for technical assistance grants under AB 2377.

CDFA will fund up to 50% of the total project cost with a maximum grant award of $1.6 million per project. Therefore, a minimum of 50% matching funds is required (no more than 25% in-kind contributions). The maximum project term is two (2) years. Grant funds cannot be expended before January 1, 2023, or after December 31, 2024. CDFA may offer an award different than the amount requested. 

The project site must be located on a commercial California dairy operation. Individuals and/or entities receiving grant award funds must be located in California with a physical California business address. A dairy operation is defined as an entity that operates a dairy herd, which produces milk or cream commercially, and whose bulk milk or bulk cream is received or handled by any distributor, manufacturer, or any nonprofit cooperative association of dairy producers. Existing milk producers, including Federal and California Recognized Native American Indian Tribes, and dairy digester developers are eligible for this program.

For more information please refer to the 2022 Dairy Digester Research and Development Program Request for Grant Applications.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Individual
  • Nonprofit
  • Tribal Government

The project site must be located on a commercial California dairy operation. Individuals and/or entities receiving grant funds must be located in California with a physical business address. A dairy operation is defined as an entity that operates a dairy herd, produces milk or cream, and whose bulk milk or bulk cream is received or handled by any distributor, manufacturer, or any nonprofit cooperative association of dairy producers. 

Eligible Geographies:

The project site must be located on a commercial California dairy operation. Individuals and/or entities receiving grant award funds must be located in California with a physical California business address.

Matching Funding Requirement:

CDFA will fund up to 50% of the total project cost with a maximum grant award of $1.6 million per project. Therefore, a minimum of 50% matching funds is required (no more than 25% in-kind contributions).

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
August 2022
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Two years

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$18,200,000
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
50%
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

The Budget Act of 2021 (SB 170, Chapter 240) appropriated $32 million from the California State Budget to CDFA for methane emissions reductions from dairy and livestock operations.

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

All project expenses billed to the DDRDP grant must be paid by the recipient prior to reimbursement and must be supported with proper documentation. Grant recipients will be required to expend matching funds committed to the project throughout the project term. If matching funds are not expended at a rate consistent with grant funds, CDFA will withhold grant funds until matching funds are expended at a consistent rate.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
DDRDP Team, 1-916-654-0466, cdfa.oefi_ddrdp_tech@cdfa.ca.gov