The SWEEP proposal period is expected to begin in November 2021. The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. Eligible system components include (among others) include:
- Soil moisture monitoring and automation to improve efficiency and reduce water use
- Switching to drip irrigation from less efficient methods
- Switching to low-pressure irrigation systems
- Fuel savings through reduced pumping, new fuel-efficient equipment and water-saving strategies
- Improved energy efficiency of pumps and the addition of variable frequency drives
- Installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy
- Reduced pumping through water-saving strategies
- Subsurface drip for dairy effluent
- Due to the multiple environmental co-benefits that can be expected, CDFA will set aside 2 million dollars.
- For projects that apply for technologies to use subsurface drip irrigation to apply dairy effluent to field crops.
This program is worth your attention given its potential for financial assistance. Since SWEEP began, CDFA has selected 835 projects to be awarded covering over 137,000 acres. $81.1 million has been awarded to date, with more than $52.8 million in matching funds contributed by awardees.
Last round in 2019 the award maximum was $100,000. This round the maximum award is $200,000 per agricultural operation, which is determined by the operation’s legal business name and associated tax identification number. For more information, see the resource links below:
- CDFA SWEEP website
- Irrigation Technical Resources for SWEEP Applicants and Awardees
- SWEEP Past Solicitations (2014 – 2019)
- 2019 SWEEP Projects Selected for An Award
- 2019 SWEEP Frequently Asked Questions
Rolling Application Submission and Review
CDFA will accept applications for up to twelve weeks or until the funding is depleted. It is critical to submit applications as soon as possible.
- As applications are received, they will enter the review process.
- Applications that are disqualified will be notified and may reapply after correcting the reason for disqualification.
- Applications that move to technical review will be scored and funded in the order that they were received if they meet a minimum qualifying score of 30 out of 50 points.
To learn more visit the CDFA website for details and deadlines on the next round of SWEEP grants, along with the proposal application process.
If you need technical assistance with your application, please contact your local Cal-West Rain sales representative.