State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) – Pilot for Water Savings Focused Projects Limited to the Southern Desert Region

Portal ID:
14138
Status:
Active
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:

Details

Purpose:

This program will incentivize activities that reduce on-farm water use from irrigation and water pumping systems in the southern desert region of California. 

Description:

The Budget Act of 2021 allocated $50 million to CDFA to provide grant funding directly to California agricultural operations to incentivize activities that reduce on-farm water use and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from irrigation and water pumping systems on California agriculture operations through SWEEP.  
 
With guidance of CDFA’s Environmental Farming Act (EFA) Science Advisory Panel (SAP) and the SWEEP Ad Hoc Advisory Group, a $2 million portion of the 2021 SWEEP allocation ($50 M) has been dedicated to projects located in the southern desert region, a region, which due to its unique water distribution and energy systems, has historically received low levels of funding from SWEEP. Projects funded through this Pilot program must demonstrate water savings from proposed irrigation improvements but will not be required to reduce GHG emissions from irrigation pumping. Projects must not result in an increase in GHG emissions. 
 
For this purpose of this solicitation the southern desert region is defined as Imperial County and Riverside County, east of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Individual
  • Tribal Government

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

 

Eligible Geographies:

The farm location and the business mailing address must be located in California within the southern desert region. For this purpose of this solicitation the southern desert region is defined as Imperial County and Riverside County, east of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Matching funds are encouraged, but are not required.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
January 2023
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
18 months

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$2,000,000
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.
10 – 15
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.
$1 – $2,000,000
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.
No
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 Budget Act of 2021

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).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

The SWEEP is a reimbursement grant program. If selected for funding, recipients may be eligible for an advance payment of up to 25 percent of the grant award, subject to the provisions of section 316.1 “Advance Payments” of the California Code of Regulations, Division 1, Chapter 5.

How to Apply

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

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