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State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

Grants to California Farmers and Tribes to Implement
Environmentally Friendly Irrigation Systems

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California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)

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12/16/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to California farmers, ranchers, and recognized Native American Indian Tribes for the implementation of agricultural irrigation systems that save water and reduce greenhouse gases. Eligible projects include drip systems, soil moisture monitoring, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives, switching to low-pressure irrigation systems, and the installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy.

Priority will be given to projects that benefit severely disadvantaged communities and projects by socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. For more information, click here:

Eligible Project types:

  • Water Savings:
    • Weather, soil, or plant based sensors for irrigation scheduling
    • Micro irrigation or drop systems
  • Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions:
    • Fuel conversion
    • Improved energy efficiency of pumps
    • Low pressure systems
    • Variable frequency drives
    • Reduced pumping
  • Other Management Practices.

For more information on project types, click here:

Examples of allowable costs include:

  • Installation of photovoltaic panels to power irrigation systems
  • All components of micro-irrigation systems
  • Sensor hardware and telemetry
  • Software associated with sensors and weather stations
  • Flow meters
  • Permits

For more information on eligible costs, click here:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148507

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award is $100,000 per agricultural operation, which is determined by the operation’s legal business name and associated tax identification number.

Term of Contract:

The maximum project duration is eighteen months. Projects can have a duration of less than eighteen months but cannot exceed this timeframe. Project activities cannot be conducted before June 15, 2020 or after December 15, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility and Exclusions:
-California farmers, ranchers and Federal and California Recognized Native American
Indian Tribes are eligible to apply.
-The irrigation project must be on a California agricultural operation. For the purposes of this program, an agricultural operation is defined as row, vineyard, field and tree crops, commercial nurseries, nursery stock production, and greenhouse operations producing food crops or flowers as defined in Food and Agricultural Code section 77911.
-Academic university research institutions and state governmental organizations are not eligible for funding.
-An agricultural operation cannot submit more than one application per unique tax
identification number.
-An agricultural operation cannot receive a total cumulative SWEEP award amount of more than $600,000.
-Applications cannot build upon any previously funded SWEEP projects directly affecting the same Assessor’s Parcel Numbers (APNs). However, applicants are encouraged to apply for a new project with different APNs.
-An applicant must be at least 18 years old.
-Projects must reduce on-farm water use and reduce GHG emissions.
-SWEEP funding cannot be combined with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) financial assistance, meaning that applicants may not accept funding from both entities for the same project components and Accessor’s Parcel Number (APN).

SWEEP grant funds cannot be used to:
-Expand existing agricultural operations (i.e., additional new acreage cannot be
converted to farmland)
-Install new groundwater wells or increase well depth
-Test new technology or perform research
-Pay for engineering costs associated with the project development and planning
-Lease weather, soil and irrigation water-based sensors for irrigation scheduling
-Purchase tools and equipment with a useful life of less than two years

For more information, on unallowable costs, click here:

Organizations may submit an application on behalf of the agricultural operation. However,the application must include the agricultural operation’s legal business name and tax identification number. If awarded, the grant agreement will be between CDFA and the agricultural operation.

Pre-proposal Conference:

CDFA Informational Workshops
SWEEP staff will host three informational workshops:

Willows, CA - Monday, October 28, 2019
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Glenn County Office of Education
311 South Villa Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
Register for webinar participation at

Modesto, CA - Tuesday, October 29, 2019
10 a.m. to noon
Stanislaus County Agricultural Center
Harvest Hall, Room DE
3800 Cornucopia Way
Modesto, CA 95358
Register for webinar participation at

Bakersfield, CA - Wednesday, October 30, 2019
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
University of California Cooperative Extension
1031 S. Mount Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93307
Register for webinar participation at

Technical Assistance Resources: CDFA has partnered with the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources to offer Climate Smart Agriculture technical assistance. Individuals who are interested in learning more about climate-smart agriculture or need assistance with the CDFA incentive programs may contact their nearest Community Education Specialist. Find a Community Education Specialist here:

CDFA has additional agreements with technical assistance providers throughout California to provide SWEEP applicants no-cost application assistance. Find your local technical assistance provider here:

Technical assistance providers are also holding workshops around the state to provide information to potential SWEEP applicants:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Period Opens: October 21, 2019.
Applications are due: December 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Review Process: December – February 2020.
Announce and Award Funding: Spring 2020.

CDFA will conduct three rounds of Questions and Answers (Q&A) to address general questions about the application submission process and program requirements. Responses to all questions received during the workshops and webinar or by email will be posted to CDFA’s SWEEP website according to the following schedule:

Questions received by: October 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm-Response by: November 5, 2019, at 5:00 pm.
Questions received by: November 13, 2019, at 5:00 pm-Response by: November 19, 2019, at 5:00 pm.
Questions received by: December 4, 2019, at 5:00 pm Response posted by: December 10, 2019, at 5:00 pm.

CDFA will provide the grant recipient with the necessary grant award and invoicing documents for reimbursement process.

For a recorded webinar from January 9, 2019, click here:

For information on past grant solicitations and recipients, click here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have questions about SWEEP, please e-mail

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