State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program

State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program


The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. Eligible system components include (among others) soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives and installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy.

Anticipated Program Timeline

Item Timeframe*
Application Period Opens October 21, 2019
Grant Applications Due December 16, 2019
Review Process December – February 2020
Announce and Award Funding Spring 2020

* Subject to change.

What is SWEEP?

The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations.

How many projects have been funded so far?

CDFA has selected 725 projects to be awarded covering over 127,100 acres. $72.2 million has been awarded to date, with more than $47.7 million in matching funds contributed by awardees.

What types of projects are eligible?

Eligible system components include (among others) soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives and installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy.

What have been the benefits of SWEEP?

Along with helping farmers and ranchers save water and reduce their energy costs, SWEEP results in environmental benefits as well. CDFA estimates that over 78,987 metric tons of CO2e will be reduced annually, the equivalent of removing 16,770 cars from the road for one year (based on emissions reductions equivalent). Moreover, SWEEP projects will help save over 109,951 acre-ft of water annually, enough to fill over 50,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions about SWEEP, please e-mail cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov.