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The California Department of Food and Agriculture, State Water Efficiency Enhancement Program (SWEEP) is accepting applications until January 18, 2022. The Budget Act of 2021 appropriated $50 million to SWEEP. CDFA will award between $43 and $45 million. Projects that meet a minimum score will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The grant program was developed to incentivize California farmers to implement irrigation systems that conserve water and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from irrigation water pumping.

Eligibility Requirements:

You must be a California agricultural operation. 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. Medical and recreational cannabis crops are excluded from eligibility. Academic university research institutions and state governmental organizations are not eligible for funding.

SWEEP provides grants to producers to improve the efficiency of their irrigation management  systems through

        o    Soil moisture monitoring technology equipment

        o    Drip and micro-irrigation

        o    Solar-powered irrigation pumps and more

Applications will be accepted, scored, and funded as they are received until January 18, 2022, or earlier if the $50 million budget allocated is depleted.

Please go to the State Water Efficiency Enhancement Program website for more details and to apply.

The program is very popular, with almost three times more applications than awards. SWEEP supports farmers in their efforts to address constrained water resources and water quality.