Grant Programs at CDFA

Upcoming CDFA Grants Schedule

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    • Eligible entities include farmers and ranchers, non-profits, federal/ state/ local government, institutions of higher education, schools (k-12), and other businesses
    • Program types include climate smart agriculture, healthy food systems, economic development and relief, healthy food systems, outreach and education, research, and veterinary programs
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Date Event Details Grant Programs Eligible Entites Program Type
No upcoming events   Farm to School Incubator Program Non-Profit; Schools (K-12) Healthy Food Systems; Outreach and Education
2021-11-01
Notice of funding availability
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Healthy Soils Incentives Program Farmers and Ranchers; Tribal Gov. Climate Smart Ag
2021-12-01
Request for Proposals Open
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PD/GWSS Board Research & Outreach Program Government; Higher Education; Non-Profit Research; Outreach and Education
No upcoming events   2021 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program HR 133 Government; Higher Education; Non-Profit; Other Business; Tribal Gov. Economic Development
2022-02-14
Grant Proposal Deadline
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2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Government; Higher Education; Non-Profit; Other Business; Schools (K-12) Healthy Food Systems; Outreach and Education; Research
2021-11-04
Proposal Deadline
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Specialty Crop Multi-State Government; Higher Education; Non-profit; Other Business; Schools (K-12) Healthy Food Systems; Outreach and Education; Research
Coming soon
Proposal Deadline
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Pet Lover's License Plate Program Government; Non-Profit; Tribal Gov. Veterinary
Coming soon
Proposal Deadline
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Prevention of Animal Homelessness & Cruelty Other Businesses Veterinary
No upcoming events   CalAgPlate Specialized License Plate Grant Program Government; Non-Profit; Schools (K-12); Tribal Gov. Outreach and Education
2021-10-05
Solicitation Open
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Biologically Integrated Farming (BIFS) Grant Program Higher Education; Non-Profit Outreach and Education; Research
2021-10-05
Solicitation Open
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Proactive IPM Solutions Grant Program Higher Education; Non-Profit Outreach and Education; Research
2021-11-01
Notice of funding availability
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Healthy Soils Demonstration Program Farmers and Ranchers; Higher Education; Non-Profit; Tribal Gov. Climate Smart Ag TA
No upcoming events   Dairy Digester Research & Development Program Farmers and Ranchers; Other Business; Tribal Gov. Climate Smart Ag
No upcoming events   Alternative Manure Management Program Farmers and Ranchers; Tribal Gov. Climate Smart Ag
2021-10-19
Solicitation Open
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State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program Farmers and Ranchers; Tribal Gov. Climate Smart Ag 
2021-10-27
Solicitation Closed
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Climate Smart Agriculture Technical Assistance Program Higher Education; Non-Profit Climate Smart Ag TA
No upcoming events   California Nutrition Incentive Program Farmers and Ranchers; Non-Profit; Other Business Healthy Food Systems; Outreach and Education
No upcoming events   Urban Agriculture Grant Program Farmers and Ranchers; Higher Education; Non-Profit; Tribal Gov. Healthy Food Systems
No upcoming events   Beginning Farmer / Farmworker Training Program Farmers and Ranchers; Higher Education; Non-Profit; Tribal Gov. Climate Smart Ag TA; Healthy Food Systems
No upcoming events   California Underserved / Small Producer Grant Program Farmers and Ranchers; Non-Profit; Tribal Gov. Economic Development
No upcoming events   Healthy Refrigeration Grant Program Farmers and Ranchers; Government; Higher Education; Non-Profit; Other Business Economic Development; Healthy Food Systems
2021-11-23
Solicitation Open
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Technical Assistance for Water Use Efficiency Program Resource Conservation Districts; University of California; California State Universities, California Community Colleges, Federally and California - Recognized Tribes; non-profit organizations Climate Smart Ag TA
No upcoming events   Conservation Planning Grant Program Farmers and Ranchers; Higher Education; Non-Profit; Tribal Gov. Climate Smart Ag; Climate Smart Ag TA
No upcoming events   Pollinator Habitat Incentives Program Farmers and Ranchers; Tribal Gov. Climate Smart Ag
No upcoming events   Pollinator Habitat Technical Assistance Program Higher Education; Non-Profit Climate Smart Ag TA
2021-12-13 Request for proposals open Fertilizer Research & Education Program Government; Higher Education; Non-Profit; Tribal Gov. Outreach and Education; Research
No upcoming events   SAFE Program Government; Non-Profit; Schools (K-12); Tribal Gov. Outreach and Education; Research

Catalogue of CDFA Grant Programs

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.

Program Type: Climate Smart Ag

Eligible Entities: Farmers and Ranchers; Tribal Gov.

Beginning Farmer and Farmworker Training Program

This program will help support and improve new or existing beginning farmer training programs and agricultural apprenticeship programs, strengthen networks, and develop strategies to overcome barriers, including but not limited to education and training programs, land access, capital and equipment for production and marketing of crops with a focus on prioritizing direct assistance to historically underserved groups to ensure the transition to farm ownership is successful.

This is a new grant program. Please check back here for additional details as this program is developed.

Program Type: Climate Smart Ag TA; Healthy Food Systems

Eligible Entities: Farmers and Ranchers; Higher Education; Non-Profit; Tribal Gov.

Biologically Integrated Farming Systems Program

The Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS) grant program is designed to provide outreach of innovative, biologically integrated plant-based farming systems that reduce chemical pesticide inputs.

Program Type: Outreach and Education; Research

Eligible Entities: Higher Education; Non-Profit

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.

Program Type: Outreach and Education, Research

Eligible Entities: Fairs; Federal / State / Local government; Non-profits; Schools (K-12)

California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP)

The California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP) encourages the purchase and consumption of healthy, California–grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts by nutrition benefit clients. Housed within the Office of Farm to Fork, the program provides monetary incentives for the purchase of California grown fruits and vegetables at Certified Farmers Markets and small businesses.

CNIP provides competitive grant funding to organizations to provide incentives to nutrition benefit shoppers, support program operations and outreach.

Program Type: Healthy Food Systems; Outreach and Education

Eligible Entities: Farmers and Ranchers; Non-Profit; Other Business

California Underserved and Small Producers Program (CUSP)

The California Underserved and Small Producers (CUSP) Grant Program is designed to facilitate direct assistance to individual small and mid-scale and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers who need support applying for economic relief grant programs and assistance with business planning and marketing strategies. This program also includes direct relief payments for historically underserved and small producers impacted by COVID-19 and drought.

Program Type: Economic Development

Eligible Entities: Farmers and Ranchers; Non-Profit; Tribal Gov.

Community Food Hub Grant Program

CDFA’s Farm to Community Food Hub Program will provide planning and implementation grants to mission driven food hubs throughout the state of California.

This is a new grant program. Please check back here for additional details as this program is developed.

Program Type: TBD

Eligible Entities: TBD

Conservation Planning Grant Program

The Conservation Agriculture Planning Grants Program (CAPGP) is designed to fund the development of a plan that will help farmers and ranchers identify actions for climate change mitigation and adaptation, further environmental stewardship on farms and ranches and ensure agricultural food security into the future.

This is a new grant program. Please check back here for additional details as this program is developed.

Program Type: Outreach and Education; Research

Eligible Entities: Farmers and Ranchers; Higher Education; Non-Profit; Tribal Gov.

Climate Smart Agriculture Technical Assistance Program

Technical assistance in the form of hands-on application assistance to farmers and ranchers is critical to the success of CDFA’s Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) programs including the Healthy Soils Program (HSP), the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) and the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). One-on-one technical assistance improves accessibility of incentive funding to agricultural operations that otherwise may not have the resources or technical expertise to complete the application process and implement the CSA programs incentivized practices.

Program Type: Climate Smart Ag TA

Eligible Entities: Higher Education; Non-Profit

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.

Program Type: Climate Smart Ag

Eligible Entities: Farmers and Ranchers; Other Business; Tribal Gov.

Farm to School Incubator Grant Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Farm to Fork (CDFA-F2F) 2021 California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program is focused on supporting local and regional farm to school projects that promote nutrition education, sustainable food production and procurement, and high-quality student engagement through experiential learning.

Program Type: Healthy food systems, Outreach and Education

Eligible Entities: Farmers and Ranchers; Federal / State / Local government; Non-profits; Schools (K-12)

Fairground and Community Resilience Center Grant Program

The purpose of this program is to advance local communities’ resilience in the face of natural disasters by upgrading fairground infrastructure. Additionally, the program will also provide grants to local governments to engage stakeholders in the development of community resiliency plans and to upgrade facilities identified in the plans.

This is a new grant program. Please check back here for additional details as this program is developed.

Program Type: Healthy Food Systems; Outreach and Education

Eligible Entities: Non-Profit; Schools (K-12)

Fertilizer Research and Education Program

The Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) funds and facilitates research and outreach to advance the environmentally safe and agronomically sound use and handling of fertilizing materials. FREP serves growers, agricultural supply and service professionals, extension personnel, public agencies, consultants, and other interested parties.

Program Type: Outreach and Education; Research

Eligible Entities: Government; Higher Education; Non-Profit; Tribal Gov.

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.

Program Type: Climate Smart Ag TA

Eligible Entities: Farmers and Ranchers; Higher Education; Non-Profit; Tribal Gov.

Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program

Through this program, CDFA funds energy efficient refrigeration units in corner stores and small businesses in low-income or low-access areas throughout the state to stock California-grown fresh produce, nuts and minimally processed foods. The purpose of the program is to improve access to healthy food choices in the small retail environment for underserved communities, while promoting CA-grown agriculture.

Program Type: Economic Development; Healthy Food Systems

Eligible Entities: Farmers and Ranchers; Government; Higher Education; Non-Profit; Other Business

Pierce’s Disease and Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Board Research and Outreach Grant Program

The Pierce’s Disease and Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (PD/GWSS) Board accepts proposals for research and outreach projects addressing Pierce’s disease, glassy-winged sharpshooter, and other designated pests and diseases of winegrapes. These competitive grants are funded through a special assessment paid by the California winegrape industry.

Program Type: Research and Outreach

Eligible Entities: Government; Higher Education; Non-Profit

Pollinator Habitat Incentive Program

The Pollinator Habitat Incentive Program will provide financial incentives to farmers and ranchers to implement conservation practices that promote pollinator habitat and forage on working lands, such as cover crops and hedgerows.

This is a new grant program. Please check back here for additional details as this program is developed.

Program Type: Climate Smart Ag

Eligible Entities: Farmers and Ranchers; Tribal Gov.

Regional Pollinator Habitat Program

The Regional Pollinator Habitat Program will fund technical assistance, outreach, and applied research to build a regional and multi-stakeholder pollinator habitat conservation approach to implement best practices and establish safe harbor agreements for pollinator habitat.

This is a new grant program. Please check back here for additional details as this program is developed.

Program Type: Climate Smart Ag TA

Eligible Entities: Higher Education; Non-Profit

Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Prevention Fund Program is supported by California taxpayer contributions and awards funds 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.

Program Type: Veterinary

Eligible Entities: Other Businesses

Proactive Integrated Pest Management Solutions Program

The Proactive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Solutions grant program is designed to anticipate which exotic pests are likely to arrive in California and to identify and test IPM strategies that can be rapidly implemented if the pests become established in California.

Program Type: Outreach and Education; Research

Eligible Entities: Higher Education; Non-Profit

Safe Animal Feed Education (SAFE) Program

The Safe Animal Feed Education (SAFE) program of California uses outreach, education, and a comprehensive Voluntary Quality Assurance program to lead the nation in ensuring a safe and wholesome supply of commercial feed.

This is a new grant program. Please check back here for additional details as this program is developed.

Program Type: Outreach and Education; Research

Eligible Entities: Government; Non-Profit; Schools (K-12); Tribal Gov.

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is 100 percent federally funded and provides seniors 60 years of age or older who are on a limited income access to fresh produce from local farmers throughout California.

Program Type: Healthy Food Systems

Eligible Entities: Federal / State / Local government; Non-profits

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).

Program Type: Healthy Food Systems; Outreach and Education; Research

Eligible Entities: Government; Higher education; Non-Profit; Other Business; Schools (K-12)

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.

Program Type: Healthy Food Systems; Outreach and Education; Research

Eligible Entities: Government; Higher education; Non-profit; Other Business; Schools (K-12)

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.

Program Type: Climate Smart Ag

Eligible Entities: Farmers and Ranchers; Tribal Gov.

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.

Program Type: Veterinary

Eligible Entities: Non-Profit; Government; Other Businesses; Tribal Gov.

Sustainable California Grown Cannabis Pilot Program

The Sustainable California Grown Cannabis Pilot Program (SCGC Pilot Program) will compile data into a Best Management Practices Manual for sustainable cannabis cultivation.

This is a new grant program. Please check back here for additional details as this program is developed.

Program Type: TBD

Eligible Entities: TBD

Technical Assistance for Water Use Efficiency Grant Program

The Water Efficiency Technical Assistance (WETA) grant program is designed to facilitate technical assistance to agricultural operations for on-farm water and energy use efficiency and nutrient management.

Program Type: Climate Smart Ag TA

Eligible Entities: Resource Conservation Districts; University of California; California State Universities, California Community Colleges, Federally and California - Recognized Tribes; non-profit organizations

Urban Agriculture Grant Program

CDFA’s Urban Agriculture grant will help urban farmers and community-based organizations by 1) funding urban food system infrastructure (land access, capital equipment purchases, facilities, etc.); 2) supporting jobs, internships, and professional development opportunities, ensuring youth from all backgrounds have access to paid positions developing urban food systems; and 3) backing experienced technical assistance providers to mentor, train, and support urban farmers and community-based organizations.

This is a new grant program. Please check back here for additional details as this program is developed.

Program Type: Healthy Food Systems

Eligible Entities: Farmers and Ranchers; Higher Education; Non-Profit; Tribal Gov.

Alert: Possible Scam:
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).

Contact Us

California Department of Food & Agriculture
Office of Grants Administration
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-657-3231
Fax: 916-653-0206
Grants@cdfa.ca.gov