2017 STATE WATER EFFICIENCY AND ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (SWEEP) RELEASED

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced they are accepting State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) applications beginning today.

What are the program goals?

An estimated $3.75 million will be available for competitive grant funding to provide financial assistance to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water at California agricultural operations. e. Project activities cannot be conducted before May 1, 2017 or after April 30, 2018. CDFA will hold three workshops and one webinar to provide information on program requirements and the FAAST application process (see below).

Who can apply?

Agricultural operations can apply for funding of up to $100,000 per project for irrigation projects that provide quantifiable water savings and greenhouse gas reductions.Matching funds are not required. However, CDFA strongly encourages applicants to provide matching funds as additional consideration will be given to those project during the review process.

How do I apply?

Please find the Request for Applications (RFA) here: www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/SWEEP for detailed information on eligibility and program requirements. Applications and all supporting information must be submitted electronically using FAAST by Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

How can I learn more?

Contact Toni Scott. Toni Scott is a principal at Morrison, which provides competitive grant writing, business planning (including budgeting, cash flow forecasting, and strategic planning), feasibility studies, and people solutions. You can contact Toni directly at tscott@morrisonco.net or via telephone at 530-893-4764 ext. 205.

 

SWEEP Informational Application Workshops:
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
American Pistachio Growers
Conference Room
9 River Park Place East, Suite 410
Fresno, CA 93720

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
San Diego County Farm Bureau
1670 E. Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92027

Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Department of Water Resources - Northern Region Office
2440 Main Street
Red Bluff, CA

Webinar
February 10, 2017 (Friday) from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

To register for the webinar, please send an email to grants@cdfa.ca.gov requesting the registration link.

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