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CDFA Grant Notifications Requesting Payment in Exchange for Grant Awards.

CDFA has been made aware of numerous scams 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).

Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund (Prevention Fund)

Program Purpose and Funding

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Prevention Fund Program is supported by California taxpayer contributions and anticipates awarding up to $250,000 on a competitive basis to be distributed to municipal animal control agencies, and eligible society for the prevention of animal cruelty affiliates and humane society affiliates for the sole purpose of spay and neuter activities to eliminate cat and dog homelessness.

CDFA seeks to maximize the benefit to the public of each Prevention Fund dollar spent. Funds will be awarded based on the number of animals to be altered per dollar requested. Applicant organizations that are ineligible for, or have not received funds from, the Pet Lover's License Plate Grant Program may be prioritized.

Eligibility and Exclusions

Municipal animal control agencies are defined as a city, county, or city and county animal control agency or shelter. The following are now eligible: a society for the prevention of animal cruelty affiliate or humane society affiliate under contract to provide all animal control services for a local public agency. To be considered, applicants must be current on their reporting requirements to the State Department of Public Health, Veterinary Public Health Section. Awards cannot be used for administrative expenses or for any purpose outside of California.


The 2021 Application period is now closed. CDFA anticipates that the 2022 application period will begin in winter 2022.

2021 Prevention Fund Grant Application Materials:


The California Department of Food and Agriculture is pleased to announce the:

To be added to the AHCF Program distribution list to receive upcoming information on the program email

Pet Lover's License Plate Program

Program Purpose

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Pet Lover's License Plate Program is supported by Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) charging specified additional fees for the issuance, renewal, or transfer of specialized license plates. Funds awarded on competitive basis will be distributed to animal control agencies or nonprofit shelters that offer low-cost or no-cost animal sterilization services.

Press Release: CDFA Announces 2021 Pet Lover’s License Plate Program Awards

2021 Pet Lover’s License Plate Grant Program Project Abstracts

2021 Pet Lover's License Plate Program Request for Grant Proposals - Application Period Closed

2021 Pet Lover’s Grant Proposal Materials:

2021 Timeline:

You can help support agricultural education and the Pet Lover's program by purchasing a special interest license plate at your local DMV office or online today.

Contact Us

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Office of Grants Administration
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (916) 657-3231
Fax: (916) 653-0206