California Department of Food and Agriculture

Healthy Soils Program

Healthy Soils Program


Non-profit organizations, CA Resource Conservation Districts and CA academic institutions are invited to apply for funding to provide technical assistance to potential applicants with their Healthy Soils Program (HSP) - Incentives applications. Please refer to the HSP Incentives Program Technical Assistance Workshops Grant Request for Applications below for details. Applications should be submitted to no later than 5:00 p.m. PST on July 20, 2017.

Technical assistance will be made available through a $25,000 partnership grant between CDFA and the Strategic Growth Council to achieve the mutual objective of providing technical assistance to HSP Incentives Program applicants.

CDFA appropriated $7.5 million in FY 2016-17 to develop and administer a new incentive and demonstration program on the CA Healthy Soils Initiative from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. The objective of this new Healthy Soils Program is to build soil carbon and reduce agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Public and stakeholder input for the development of program framework will take place through public meetings of the Environmental Farming Act — Science Advisory Panel.

The most recent meeting of the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel took place on May 18th, 2017 in Sacramento, CA.

CDFA accepted public comments on the draft Request for Grant Applications for HSP-Incentives Program and HSP-Demonstration Projects between June 28, 2017 and July 12, 2017. Comment letters are available here.

Information from previous meetings:

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Tentative Timeline for the 2016-2017 Healthy Soils Program
Item Proposed Dates*
Public/stakeholder meetings and program development (including GHG Quantification Methodology) November 2016 – May 2017
Request for Grant Applications released for public comments and public comment period July 2017
Request for Grant Applications released July 2017
Grant Application Workshops July – August 2017
Applications/Grant Proposals due August 2017
Proposal evaluation periods August – November 2017
Grant awardees announced November 2017
Project implementation begins December 2017
*Subject to change