Water Efficiency Technical Assistance (WETA) -2022

Portal ID:
27356
Status:
Active
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:
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Details

Purpose:

The WETA grant program is designed to facilitate technical assistance to agricultural operations for on-farm water and energy use efficiency and nutrient management. The program supports technical assistance in three forms:

Evaluate irrigation system efficiency (e.g., mobile irrigation lab) and provide diagnostics, reports and recommendations. Provide pump efficiency testing. Provide water use efficiency and nutrient management training.

Description:

Funding: The grant term will be 3 years. The maximum award amount is $500,000. Matching funds are not required.

Eligibility: The following entities are eligible to apply for WETA grants: Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs), University of California, California Community Colleges or California State Universities, Non-profits, Federally- and California-Recognized Native American Indian Tribes.

Priorities: CDFA aims to expend 25% of the WETA funds to benefit Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (SDFRs). Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers are defined by the Farmer Equity Act of 2017 (AB 1348) as a farmer or rancher who is a member of a socially disadvantaged group. A “socially disadvantaged group” means a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender discrimination. These groups include the following: (1) African Americans (2) Native American Indians (3) Alaskan Natives (4) Hispanics (5) Asian Americans (6) Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. 

 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible organizations:

Resource Conservation Districts

University of California, California Community Colleges, California State Universities

Non-profits

Federally- and California-Recognized Native American Indian Tribes

 

Eligible Geographies:

The applicant must have a California mailing address. The project must benefit agricultural operations within California.

Matching Funding Requirement:

NA

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.
August 2023
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
36 months

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$14,250,000
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.
Dependent
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 – $500,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
No
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:

Assembly Bill 180 (Budget Act of 2021) appropriated $15 million from the California Emergency Relief Fund to CDFA for the WETA program which funds irrigation water efficiency and nutrient management technical assistance grants.

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).
  • Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

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

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
1-916-654-0466, cdfa.oefi_csa_ta@cdfa.ca.gov