California’s drought legislation authorized $10 million for “… financial incentives to agricultural operations to invest in water irrigation treatment and distribution systems that reduce water and energy use, augment supply and increase water and energy efficiency in agricultural applications.”
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is charged with administering these funds via a program called SWEEP (State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program). The maximum Round 2 award is $150,000 for projects that commit to saving water AND reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 10, 2014 and must be submitted electronically via the State Water Resources Control Board’s FAAST (Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool).
An application webinar will be conducted on October 16th. Information about how to participate in the webinar and/or three regional workshops can be found here.