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Healthy Soils Program

Healthy Soils Program

CDFA accepted public comments on the Draft Requests for Application (RGAs) for HSP Incentives Program and HSP Demonstration Projects during October 25 and November 8, 2018.


Item Tentative Timeframe*
Notification of funding (solicitation release) December 28, 2018
Grant Applications Due March 8, 2019
Review Process March – June 2019
Announce and Award Funding June 2019
* Subject to change.

What is the CA Healthy Soils Program?

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.

How is the healthy soils program funded?

The 2017 Healthy Soils Program received $7.5 million from the states cap and trade proceeds, also known as California Climate Investments.

CDFA was appropriated $10 million from the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for all Act of 2018; and $5 million from the California Climate Investments, authorized by the Budget Act of 2018 to fund 2018 HSP Incentives Program and 2018 HSP Demonstration Projects.

Which specific soil management practices are eligible for funding?

On farm management practices that include but are not limited to: cover cropping, no-till, reduced-till, mulching, compost application, and conservation plantings.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions about CDFA's healthy soils program please e-mail cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov.