The State of California has a suite of Climate Smart Agriculture programs that provide grant funding, technical assistance and other resources for California farmers, ranchers and Tribes.
CalCAN has been a consistent advocate for these programs since they were launched, and we continue to be the leading champions for their continued funding and improved implementation.
Open Grant Funding:
The following grant programs are currently accepting applications and are administered by California Department of Agriculture (CDFA).
The Healthy Soils Program (HSP) funds the adoption of new healthy soils practices or the expansion of existing healthy soils practices onto new land on farms and ranches in California. This program is now accepting applications for both Incentive and Demonstration grants. Incentive grant applications will be accepted and scored on a rolling basis and applications that meet a minimum score will be funded on a first come first serve basis until February 25, 2022 or earlier the $67.5 million allocated is expended. Demonstration grants will be accepted until 5pm PST on December 31, 2021. Apply here.
UPDATE JANUARY 13: $19.9 million has already been awarded to HSP incentive projects. A total of $68.6 million has been requested, exceeding the allocated amount.
The State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program (SWEEP) funds irrigation equipment upgrades. SWEEP is currently accepting applications for grants of up to $200,000. Applications will be accepted, scored and funded as they are received until January 18, 2022 or earlier if the $43 million allocated is expended.
UPDATE JANUARY 13: $33 million has already been awarded to SWEEP projects. A total of $70 million has been requested, exceeding the allocated amount.
The Water Efficiency Technical Assistance (WETA) program funds technical assistance providers to work with farmers and ranchers on water efficiency and nutrition management. WETA is currently accepting applications for grants until January 19, 2022. Apply here.
To be notified about when a grant period opens, either sign up with CDFA for the program(s) you are interested in, or subscribe to CalCAN’s newsletter where we announce grant opportunities and share lots of other climate and agriculture information.