CUSP Direct Producer Resources
CUSP Drought Relief Direct Producer Grant information for individual farmers & ranchers:
Emergency drought relief is available to small and medium scale farmers and ranchers that qualify under the CUSP Drought Relief Direct Producer Grant Program. CDFA is partnering with organizations in different regions to administer these funds including application processing.
Presented below are the application periods and award distribution schedules for the CUSP Drought Relief Direct Producer Grants. Please be advised that the application and award dates are subject to potential changes. We kindly request you to regularly check back for updates.
|Organization||Application Period||Award Distribution||Application Link|
|Asian Business Institute and Resource Center (ABIRC)||Round 1: 08/2023 - 10/31/2023||Round 1: 12/2023|
|Round 2: 02/2024 - 04/30/2024||Round 2: 06/2024|
|Round 3: 08/2024 - 10/31/2024||Round 3: 12/2024|
|Round 4: 02/2025 - 04/31/2025||Round 4: 06/2025|
|Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)||To be announced.||To be announced.|
|California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD)||Round 3: 10/15/2023 - 1/15/2024||Round 3: 03/2024||Apply -for CARCD|
|California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)||Round 1: 08/2023 - 06/2025||Round 1: 08/2023 - 06/2025||Apply for CCOF|
|East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District (ESRCD)||Round 1: 08/2023 - 09/2023||Round 1: 11/2023|
|Round 2: 12/2023 - 02/2024||Round 2: 02/2024|
|Round 3: 05/2024 - 07/2024||Round 3: 07/2024|
|Round 4: 11/2024 - 01/2025||Round 4: 01/2025|
|Inland Empire Resource Conservation District (IERCD)||Round 1: 10/2023 – 11/2023||Round 1: 01/2024|
|Round 2: 01/2024 – 02/2024||Round 2: 04/2024|
|Round 3: 04/2024 - 05/2024||Round 3: 07/2024|
|Round 4: 07/2024 - 8/2024||Round 4: 10/2024|
|Round 5: 10/2024 - 11/2024||Round 5: 01/2025|
|Sierra Resource Conservation District (SRCD)||Round 1: 11/15/2023 - 02/1/2024||Round 1: 03/2024 - 06/2024||Applyfor SRCD|
|Round 2: 10/2024 - 02/2025||Round 2: 02/2025 - 06/2025|
|Ventura Resource Conservation District (VRCD)||Round 1: 09/2023 - 12/2023||Round 1: 12/2023||Apply for VRCD|
|Round 2: 01/2024 - 03/2024||Round 2: 03/2024|
|Round 3: 04/2024 - 06/2024||Round 3: 06/2024|
|Round 4: 07/2024 - 09/2024||Round 4: 09/2024|
|Round 5: 10/2024 - 12/2024||Round 5: 12/2024|
|Round 6: 01/2025 - 03/2025||Round 6: 03/2025|
|Round 7: 04/2025 - 05/2025||Round 7: 06/2025|
Additional CUSP Drought Relief Direct Producer Grant Program Eligibility Information:
Producers who have received a COVID-19 economic relief grant will be eligible for drought relief funds one calendar year (12 months) after applying for economic relief funds. This is to prioritize historically underserved, small-scale producers throughout California who have not received any Federal or State relief grant funds to date. Those who received funding in 2021 will be eligible to re-apply for CUSP direct relief funds 12 months after receiving the first round of funds.
The Drought Relief Direct Farmer Grants administered through the CUSP partner organizations are reimbursement grants for expenses incurred as a result of the drought. Examples of covered expenses can include but are not limited to:
- Drilling of new wells or repairs on existing wells if sole source of water for operation. To be eligible, an applicant must provide written verification from a Groundwater Sustainability Agency managing the basin or area of the basin where the well is located or proposed to be located approving the action, per Executive Order N-7-22.
- Increased electric utility bills of 50% or more due to increased electricity rates
- Surface water costs if increase from year prior
- Cost of hauling water for livestock
- Lowering ag well pumps if a primary source of water is lost
- Emergency upgrades to irrigation system (paired with conservation) if not covered through CDFA OEFI programs or USDA programs and for other emergency scenarios.
- Decreased crop yields/crop loss due to less water available or having to fallow land
- Upgrading to a larger pump that will draw more water
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE - Technical Assistance (TA) for Producers to receive assistance on business planning, marketing strategies, and application support for federal and state relief grant programs including the CUSP Drought Relief Direct Producer Grant Program.
Critical technical assistance is available statewide for small-scale and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers to apply for federal and state economic and drought relief programs, including the CUSP Drought Relief Direct Producer Grant program during open application periods. CUSP Program TA providers can also assist farmers and ranchers to adjust their business planning and marketing strategies and to become more resilient and recover from the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the on-going California drought.
CUSP Technical Assistance Providers
|Asian Business Institute and Resource Center (ABIRC)||Peter Thao, Program Director
|California Farmlink||Stephanie Stevens
|East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District||3800 Cornucopia Way, Suite E
Modesto, CA 95358
|Hmong Business Incubator Center (HBI)||(202) 573-7309
4582 E. Harvey Ave STE 88
Fresno, CA 93702
|Multiplier (Kitchen Table Advisors)||email@example.com|
|North Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council||Oona Heacock, Executive Director
P.O. Box 6517
Santa Rosa, CA 95406
|Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego||Elizabeth Garcia
|Resource Conservation District of Monterey County||Ashya Peterson
|Sierra Resource Conservation District||Yasmin Mendoza
|Sutter County Resource Conservation District||Rajvir Sahota
144 Gibson Rd.
Yuba City, CA 95993
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Office of Grants Administration
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (916) 657-3231