State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

Applications are being accepted until March 8, 2019 for the current round of funding. See the SWEEP application flyer.

The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance to growers for on-farm irrigation system improvements that both reduce GHG emissions and save water. It is administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).

Program Summary

Year launched: 2014
Budget for FY 2018-19: $20 million
Grants awarded to date: $62.5 million
Total projects funded: 614
CDFA estimated water savings (annually): 32.6 billion gallons (200,000 Olympic swimming pools)
CDFA estimated greenhouse gas reductions (annually): 75,000 metric tons CO2, or the equivalent of removing almost 16,000 cars off the road for one year
Status of grant rounds: Six rounds completed. Current grant cycle is Dec. 28, 2018 – March 8, 2019 ($9.5 million available)

Find additional resources, including a CalCAN fact sheet on the program and more information from the CDFA.

Program History

In 2014, under an emergency drought declaration, Governor Brown authorized a new program called the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). Funding for the program has come from the state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, raised from cap-and-trade allowance revenue, as well as Propositions 1 and 68.

Eligible projects currently include:

  • Weather, soil or plant based sensors for irrigation scheduling
  • Micro-irrigation or drip systems
  • Conversion of a fossil fuel pumps to solar, wind, electric, or natural gas
  • Improved energy efficiency (e.g., retrofitting or replacing pumps)
  • Low pressure irrigation systems
  • Variable frequency drives to reduce energy use and match pump flow to load requirements.
  • Reduced pumping (e.g., improved irrigation scheduling)
  • Other management practices that save water and reduce GHG emissions (e.g., soil management practices such as cover cropping and compost addition that increase water-holding capacity)

For more information on current grant cycles and application procedures, see the CDFA website.

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