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Healthy Soils Program

Healthy Soils Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)’s Healthy Soils Program (HSP), consisting of Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects, provides financial assistance for incentivizing and demonstrating the implementation of conservation agricultural management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases and improve soil health. The Healthy Soils Program stems from the California Healthy Soils Initiative, a collaboration of state agencies and departments that promotes the development of healthy soils on California’s farmlands and ranchlands.

** For Technical Assistance Providers only – NEW **

CDFA is now accepting applications for the 2018 Healthy Soils Program Incentives Program Technical Assistance

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, March 9, 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Request for Applications: 2018 HSP Incentives Program Technical Assistance
This request for technical assistance is being implemented as part of a Healthy Soils Incentives and Demonstration solicitation for applications to be released on March 5th. For more information, please check the HSP Incentive Program webpage below.

**NEW** – 2017 HSP Second Solicitation

CDFA is now accepting applications of 2017 HSP Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects Second Solicitation. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, April 13, 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Applications will be reviewed and awarded funding in the order received subject to the minimum requirements for the competitive technical review process, as described in the RGA. CDFA will award proposals until all available funds have been allocated, or the application deadline has passed, whichever comes first.

Timeline for HSP Second Solicitation

Item Estimated Dates
Release of 2017 HSP Second Solicitation March 6, 2018
Application submission period March 6, 2018 – April 13, 2018
Review of applications April – May, 2018
Announcement of awards May – June, 2018

HSP Incentives Program provides financial incentives to California growers and ranchers to implement conservation management practices. List of projects selected for 2017 HSP Incentives Program awards are posted at HSP Incentives Program. The Technical Assistance grant announced above is specifically for the 2017 HSP Incentives Program Second Solicitation. For more information on the HSP Incentives Program Second Solicitation, please go to the HSP Incentives Program webpage.

HSP Demonstration Projects provides financial assistance for demonstrating implementation of conservation management practices to California growers and ranchers and creating a platform promoting widespread adoption of these management practices throughout the state. List of projects selected for 2017 HSP Demonstration Projects awards are posted at HSP Demonstration Projects.

CDFA accepted proposals suggesting new management practices for potential inclusion in future rounds of the Healthy Soils Program from November 6, 2017 to December 18, 2017. The proposals received are currently under evaluation.