Healthy Soils Program Incentive Grants

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The Healthy Soils Program stems from the California Healthy Soils Initiative, a collaboration of state agencies and departments that promotes the development of healthy soils on California's agricultural lands. 

The Healthy Soils Program Incentive Grants provide financial incentives to California growers and ranchers to implement conservation management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases, and improve soil health.


The HS Program Incentive Grants are designed to incentivize California farmers and ranchers to implement conservation management practices eligible in the program that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric GHGs, improve soil health, and provide co-benefits. The program’s primary goal is to promote long-term and widespread adoption of these practices throughout the state.Eligible grant recipients are California farmers, ranchers, agricultural business entities, and California Native Americans; nonprofit organizations as agriculture operations; grant recipients must be at least 18 years old. Specifically, Hemp cultivation operations are eligible to apply; Cannabis cultivation operations are not eligible to apply.

Project Eligibility Requirements:

• Projects must be located on agricultural operations in California. For the purposes of this program, an agricultural operation is defined 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. Projects located on grazing lands (including grasslands, rangelands, and pastures, as defined in the RGA) are eligible.• Grant funds cannot be used for projects that use potted plants and plant growth media other than soil.• Grant funds cannot be used for research and product development activities.• All entities receiving grant funds must have a physical California business address.• Awards are limited to one per agricultural operation using a unique tax identification number per round of funding, including applications submitted to Block Grant Recipients. If a unique tax identification numberis used for multiple applications, only one can be funded.• The maximum funding amount per project is $100,000 calculated using a standard payment rate for specific practice implementation scenario and acreage to be implemented.

Eligibility and ExclusionsEligibility:• Projects must implement at least one of the practices listed under Eligible Agricultural Management Practices.• Projects may include multiple practices within the same field except for Non-Overlapping Practices.• Projects may include multiple fields within the same agricultural operation.Exclusions:• Previous HSP Grant Recipients are not eligible to receive funds for implementing the same practice on the same field. However, a new landowner or lessee is eligible.• Awardees cannot transfer practices to different APNs during the grant term. Annually implemented practices cannot be moved to different fields during the grant term.• University and research farms, and city community gardens are not eligible for funding through this program. • HS Program Incentive Grants funds cannot be used to implement practices that are not listed under Eligible Agricultural Management Practices in this grant solicitation. Awardees must follow requirements forpractice implementation whenever applicable.• Compost Application and Whole Orchard Recycling: HSP will not incentivize these practices on APNs where soil organic matter content is greater than 20 percent by dry weight in the top 20 cm (or 8 inch) depth.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Individual
  • Nonprofit
  • Tribal Government

Nonprofit organizations as agriculture operations are eligible to apply.

Eligible Geographies:

Within California

Matching Funding Requirement:

Matched funding is not required but encouraged. 

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.
Feb - Apr 2024
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
3 weeks

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.
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

Funding Source Notes:

California Climate Investments

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)

Funding Method Notes:

Grant Recipients may be eligible for an advance payment of up to 25 percent of the total grant award to begin project implementation, subject to the provisions of section 316.1 “Advance Payments” of the California Code of Regulations, Division 1, Chapter 5. The remaining funds will be allocated on a reimbursement basis after successful project implementation is verified by CDFA. 

How to Apply

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