The deadline is fast approaching for state grant money to help agricultural operations implement water conservation measures.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) extended its deadline for applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) by two weeks. The new deadline is July 29.

An estimated $10 million in competitive grant funding, authorized by emergency drought legislation (Senate Bill 103), will be awarded to provide financial assistance to agricultural operations for implementation of water conservation measures that result in increased water efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Applications must be submitted electronically using FAAST by July 29 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

Applicants must access the Application Guidelines for detailed information and program requirements. To streamline and expedite the application process, CDFA is partnering with the State Water Resources Control Board, which hosts an online application using the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST). All applicants must register for a FAAST account at https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov .

Prospective applicants may contact CDFA’s Grants Office at grants@cdfa.ca.gov with general program questions.