CEC Announces the 2024 Food Production Investment Program Grant

The California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Food Production Investment Program (FPIP) recently released a $36 million solicitation to fund drop-in energy technologies as well as cutting-edge emerging technologies at existing food production facilities in California. Providing support for updating and improving food production facilities with energy efficient and/or renewable energy technologies will reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This support can help ensure California’s food processing industries remain competitive and operational and that the jobs associated with food production remain in California. FPIP awards will range from $500,000 to $5 million, and Round 1 applications are due April 26, 2024.

What is the program’s purpose? The purpose of this solicitation is to accelerate the adoption of advanced energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at California food processing plants, demonstrate their reliability and effectiveness, help California food processors work towards a low-carbon future, and benefit priority populations.  Commercially available technologies as well as cutting-edge emerging technologies to be funded will help reduce energy costs, maintain product quantity and quality, and reduce GHG emissions associated with food production.

What are the anticipated funding amounts and duration? Awards are expected to range in size from $500,000 to $5 million, with the anticipated program start being May 2024 and end June 2028. Match funding is required in the amount of at least 25 percent of eligible project costs.

Who is eligible to apply? Applicants to the FPIP are limited to food processing and related support facilities located in California. The applicant must own or operate one or more food processing facilities where grant-funded equipment will be installed. For this solicitation, food processing facilities are those defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes 311 (Food Manufacturing), 3121 (Beverage Manufacturing), and 493120 (Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage). To be eligible for grant funding, projects must meet all the following minimum requirements:

Applicant must be an existing food processing facility located in California;

Proposed projects must reduce GHG emissions as defined in the grant solicitation; and

Applicant must meet all eligibility and other criteria specified in CEC’s solicitation.

When is the application deadline? For Round 1 of funding, applicants must submit applications electronically via the Energy Commission Agreement Management System (ECAMS) by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on April 26, 2024. The CEC strongly encourages applicants to upload and submit all applications by 5:00 p.m. on April 23, 2024 because CEC staff will not be available after then for support with the upload process.

If funds remain at the conclusion of Round 1, the CEC will release a notice and accept applications for Round 2 by the due date TBD. The purpose of Round 2 is to allow for new proposal submissions and resubmissions in order to fund additional projects should funds remain after Round 1.

The full Request for Applications can be found here.

Morrison has extensive experience writing successful applications for clients for CEC programs. For more information on this grant or how to apply with Morrison’s assistance, please contact the Morrison Grants Team by email at grants@morrisonco.net or call us at 530-893-4764.

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