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California Department of Food and Agriculture

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Grant Programs at CDFA


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.

Dairy Digester Research and Development:
Competitive grant funding is awarded to provide financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters that result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental benefits, and funds will be made available for research and demonstration projects that improve the economic performance of dairy digesters in California.

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.

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.

2017 Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Fund (AHCF) Program:
The Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Fund (AHCF) Program is supported by California taxpayer contributions and awards grant funds on a competitive basis to be distributed to municipal animal control agencies for the sole purpose of spay and neuter activities to eliminate cat and dog homelessness.