CDFA Climate Smart Agriculture Programs, SWEEP & HSP, are now open and accepting applications on a rolling basis.
The State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance to farmers & ranchers who implement irrigation practices that improve water efficiency & reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Budget Act of 2021 appropriated $42 million in available funding which will be awarded until January 18, 2022 or when funds run out. The maximum individual award is $200,000 dollars. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please see the Roadmap to SWEEP. MCRCD is hosting a free online webinar on November 9th, 4:00-5:30 pm to introduce the SWEEP application process and answer any questions.
The Healthy Soils Program (HSP) provides funding to producers who implement or demonstrate practices that increase soil organic matter & improve soil function. HSP received $50 million from the State General Fund and $25 million from the California Climate Investments for Healthy Soils Program (SB 170, Chapter 240, Statutes of 2021) authorized by the Budget Act of 2021. HSP will accept applications until funds run out or February 25, 2022 and December 31, 2021 for the Incentives and the Demonstration Programs, respectively. The maximum individual award is $250,000 for demonstration projects and $100,000 for implementation projects. The full list of practices eligible for funding through HSP is available on the CDFA Website. MCRCD will also be hosting a free webinar for the Healthy Soils Program on November 17th, 4:00-5:30 pm.
For anyone interested in applying and in need of assistance, MCRCD can offer one-on-one technical assistance during weekly Office Hours on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., beginning November 18th through December 9th.