CA Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Announces 2015 Funding for State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

CA Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Announces 2015 Funding for State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)
The CDFA recently began accepting applications for the SWEEP Program, authorized by emergency drought legislation (Assembly Bill 91). An estimated $10 million will be available for competitive grant funding to provide financial assistance for implementing irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. Agricultural operations can apply for funding up to $150,000 per project. The funding can be supported by a broad range and/or combination of irrigation and water distribution-related practices that provide quantifiable water savings and greenhouse gas reductions. Prospective applicants must access the “Application Guidelines” at www.cdfa.ca.gov/go/SWEEP for detailed info on eligibility and program requirements.

To streamline applications, CDFA is partnering with the State Water Resources Control Board, and all applicants must submit an online application using the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST) at https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov by Friday June 29, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

CDFA will hold several application workshops to provide information on program requirements and the FAAST application process. Workshops will be held on June 1st in San Martin, June 2nd in Tulare, June 3rd in Ventura, and June 9th in Oroville. Workshop hours are 1:00-4:00 p.m. CDFA staff will provide examples and answer questions. Reserve a seat for one of these free workshops by sending an email to grants@cdfa.ca.gov with your contact info, the number of seats you want and the location of the workshop you want to attend. Prospective applicants may also contact CDFA’s Grants Office by email with general program questions. To learn more about the program, click here.

To learn more about the state’s drought response, visit Drought.CA.Gov. Every Californian should take steps to conserve water. Find out how at SaveOurWater.com.

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