Healthy Soils Program
Please visit the websites below for detailed information.
What's new in Healthy Soils Program (HSP)?
The Healthy Soils Program has awarded eight projects for a total of $1,142,620.09 in funding for 2023 HSP Demonstration Grant solicitation. The grant solicitation period was June 29, 2023 – August 28, 2023. Please refer to the HSP Demonstration Grant website for the full list of awarded projects.
The HSP Block Grant pilot program has offered 14 block grant awards for a total of $62,039,376.18 in funding. The application period was April 19, 2023 – June 19, 2023. The HSP Block Grant received 24 submitted applications for a total of $106,870,844.18 in requested funds. Please refer to the HSP Block Grant website for more details.
The Healthy Soils Program anticipates opening the grant application period for direct-to-farmer grants in January 2024. Approximately $11 million is expected to be available. You can find the draft Request for Grant Applications here . CDFA will not be conducting a formal public comment period. You can, however, reach out to program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback in written form, or request a meeting.
The Healthy Soils Program stems from the California Healthy Soils Initiative, a collaboration of state agencies and departments to promote the development of healthy soils on California's farmlands and ranchlands.
The HSP has two components: the HSP Incentives Program and the HSP Demonstration Projects. The HSP Incentives Program provides financial assistance for implementation of conservation management that improve soil health, sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The HSP Demonstration Projects showcase California farmers and rancher's implementation of HSP practices.
The Healthy Soils Program is funded from the State’s cap and trade proceeds, also known as California Climate Investments (CCI). The HSP has received $40.5 million in funding from the CCI between 2016 and 2019.
CDFA has also received funding of $10 million from the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for all Act of 2018.
On farm management practices that include but are not limited to: cover cropping, no-till, reduced-till, mulching, compost application, and conservation plantings.
Healthy Soils Program Videos
The Healthy Soils Program is not accepting applications.