State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) – 2023

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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 maximum grant award is $200,000.

The maximum grant duration is 18 months. Recipients must complete projects no later than 18 months after the start of the grant agreement.

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

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.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • 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.

Eligible Geographies:

The proposed  project must be on a California agricultural operation.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Matching funds are encouraged but not required.

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.
March 2024
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
18 months

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
See Notes Below
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.
$1 – $200,000
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.

Available Funding Notes:

Approximately $21 million will be awarded.

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 General Fund appropriation made through Budget Act 2021 and Budget Act 2022

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:

CDFA will provide the grant recipient with the grant award and invoicing documents for reimbursement process. CDFA processes reimbursements on a quarterly basis and requires supporting documentation of actual costs associated with the purchase and/or installation of project components. CDFA will withhold 10 percent from the total grant award reimbursement until the the project is verified as complete as agreement in the Grant Scope of Work.

How to Apply

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