2023 CUSP Program- Drought Relief Technical Assistance and Direct Producer Grants

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To partner with technical assistance providers to support California agricultural producers with business management training, marketing and other financial tools. Partnering organizations can also provide direct producer grants for drought relief to eligible producers.


The 2023 California Underserved and Small Producers Grant Program (CUSP) is designed to facilitate support for small and medium scale California agricultural producers, or small and medium scale Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers through technical assistance with business planning and marketing strategies. The program also includes direct producer grants for drought relief for those same priority groups.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Tribal Government

Other Applicant Types: Resource Conservation Districts and County Depts of Ag. 

Eligible Geographies:

Other Eligible Geographic Locations: Statewide (or All counties).

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
5/1/2023- 4/30/2025

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
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.
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.
$50,000 – $1,500,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another 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
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).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Carmen Carrasco, 1-909-219-2991, carmen.carrasco@cdfa.ca.gov