Grant Programs at CDFA

Alert: Possible Scam: CDFA Grant Email Notifications Requesting Payment in Exchange for Grant Awards.

CDFA has been made aware of scam emails soliciting payment from applicants to award grants. CDFA does not charge fees for application or administration of grants and awards are never made based on payments from applicants. If you believe you may be a victim of this effort, you are encouraged to contact your local law enforcement (Police or Sheriff’s Department).

Alternative Manure Management Program

Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) awards competitive grants to California dairy and livestock operations implementation of non-digester manure management practices in California that will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

California Agriculture License Plates

A competitive solicitation process awards CalAgPlate grant program funds that promote agricultural education and leadership activities for students at K-12, post-secondary, and adult education levels.

California State Trade Expansion Program

The California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) is a federally funded grant program of the U.S. Small Business Administration to increase exports activities among small businesses. Funding associated with this program will support trade development and enhancement activities that help small businesses enter or expand their exporting activity to foreign markets.

The State of California is currently accepting proposals for the California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). Interested applicants should review and use the templates below when submitting their proposals.

Proposals must be submitted electronically in a single email, with all required attachments to by 5:00 p.m. PDT on March 6, 2020.

The California STEP partners will conduct one webinar on the 2020 STEP solicitation process on February 26, 2020 at 1:30pm PDT. To register for the webinar, please email

Dairy Digester Research and Development

The Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) awards competitive grants to California dairy operations and digester developers for the implementation of dairy digesters that result in long-term methane emission reductions on California dairies and minimize or mitigate adverse environmental impacts.

Farm to School Incubator Grant Program

The Farm to School Incubator Grant Program will award competitive grants to Local Education Agencies (LEA) that operate the National School Lunch Program, and to varying types of farm to school partners, to support innovative local and regional farm to school projects. CDFA aims to support projects that promote innovation in nutrition education, sustainable production and procurement, and high-quality student experience.

There will be two funding tracks:

Track 1: The California Farm to School Innovation Grant will fund LEAs to create new, integrated farm to school programs that: (1) procure California-produced whole or minimally processed foods and integrate these foods into school meals; and (2) coordinate educational opportunities between cafeterias, classrooms, and communities.

Track 2: The California Farm to School Regional Partnerships Grant will fund farm to school partnerships to expand existing farm to school initiatives and increase collaboration and coordination between producers and the schools they serve, providing funding for infrastructure, transportation, coordination, planning, or other necessary program components.

The 2021 Request for Applications for this grant program will be open for public comment from November 13, 2020 to December 4, 2020. Written comments should be submitted via email to: Please include “Farm to School Stakeholder Comments” in the subject line of your email.

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

This program is 100 percent federally funded and provides low-income seniors with check booklets that can be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and honey at Certified Farmers' Markets.

Healthy Soils Program

Healthy Soils Program consisting of Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects, provides grants for incentivizing and demonstrating the implementation of conservation agricultural management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases and improve soil health.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Each year, CDFA conducts a two-phase competitive solicitation process to award funds to projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).

Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

This program is offered by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. The SCMP competitively funds projects to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or national-level specialty crop issues, including food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific projects addressing common issues, and marketing and promotion.

State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program

CDFA awards grants to eligible projects that implement on-farm water irrigation systems that reduce energy use resulting in greenhouse gas (GHGs) emission reductions and water savings.

Spay and Neuter Grant Programs

CDFA offers two Spay and Neuter Grant programs that are available on a competitive basis. The Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Fund (AHCF) Program and the Pet Lover's License Plate Program. The AHCF is supported by California taxpayer contributions while the Pet Lover's License Plate Program is supported by the purchase of the Pet Lover's Specialty License Plates. Both programs distribute funds to offer low-cost or no-cost spay and neuter services within California.