This program will incentivize activities that reduce on-farm water use from irrigation and water pumping systems in the southern desert region of California.
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.
- Tribal Government
California farmers, ranchers and Federal and California Recognized Native American Indian Tribes are eligible to apply.
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.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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