2017 SWEEP Applications Now Being Accepted
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). Approximately $3.75 million is available to provide financial assistance for California agricultural operations that implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water. Agricultural operations can apply for funding up to $100,000 per project.
To be eligible, the irrigation project must be on a California agricultural operation and the project must reduce greenhouse gases and save water. Applications must provide supporting documentation related to actual on-farm water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions during the prior growing season. SWEEP funding cannot be used in combination with USDA, NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program financial assistance.
In addition, SWEEP funds cannot be used to:
- Expand existing agricultural operations
- Install new groundwater wells or increase well depth
- Test new technology or perform research
To apply for SWEEP funding, interested growers will need to utilize the online Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST) and register for a FAAST account. The CDFA website provides useful information for those interested in applying for SWEEP funding:
- SWEEP Request for Grant Applications — provides background information, timelines, eligibility and exclusions guidelines and information concerning the application process
- Frequently Asked Questions
- A Step-by-Step Guide to Completing a 2017 SWEEP Application (pdf version)
The CDFA will host free workshops and a webinar to provide interested parties with information about the program requirements and the FAAST application process. If you would like to attend a workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information, the number of people attending and the location of the workshop.
The workshop nearest to California avocado growing regions will be held in San Diego County, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the San Diego County Farm Bureau located at 1670 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA, 92027. The webinar will be held on February 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. To register for the webinar, contact email@example.com to obtain the webinar registration link.
More information about the SWEEP program can be found online.