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.
CDFA acceped public comment on a Draft Request for Grant Applications for a SWEEP Pilot for the Southern Desert From February 17th until March 18, 2022 at 5 PM Pacific Time
CDFA is accepted public comment on a Draft Request for Grant Applications for a SWEEP Pilot Program for the Southern Desert. This program will provide financial assistance to California-based agricultural operations whose projects are located in the Southern Desert Region of California. This program will support the installation of agricultural irrigation water efficiency technologies that will result in on-farm water savings and no increase in GHG emissions.
The SWEEP Program accepted applications from October 19, 2021 - January 18, 2022.
- 2021 SWEEP Request for Grant Applications (RGA)
- 2021 Frequently Asked Questions
- 2021 SWEEP Budget Worksheet
- SWEEP Irrigation Water Savings Calculator
- SWEEP GHG Calculator
2021 SWEEP Awarded Projects
Technical Assistance Resources
Interested applicants can utilize the technical assistance resources below to develop and submit a SWEEP application.
- Technical Assistance Providers - CDFA has contracted with organizations around the state to provide free one-on-one assistance to farmers interested in applying for SWEEP.
- UC ANR Climate Smart Agriculture Community Education Specialists - CDFA has partnered with the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources to offer Climate Smart Agriculture technical assistance to applicants of the SWEEP program.
- Technical Assistance Provider Workshops – Technical assistance providers and Community Education Specialists will host in-person and remote workshops during the application period.
CDFA Informational Workshops
Timeline for 2021 SWEEP
|Solicitation Process||Estimated Timeframe*|
|Application Submission Period||October 19, 2021 – January 18, 2022|
|Review Period and Award Announcements||October 2021 – January 2022|
|Grant Agreement Development and Execution||January 2022 – June 2022|
|Awarded Project Implementation||June 30, 2022 – June 30, 2024|
*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 835 projects to be awarded covering over 137,000 acres. $81.1 million has been awarded to date, with more than $52.8 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 81,000 metric tons of CO2e will be reduced annually, the equivalent of removing 17,500 cars from the road for one year (based on emissions reductions equivalent). Moreover, SWEEP projects will help save over 117,000 acre-ft of water annually, enough to fill over 70,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Who can I contact for more information?
If you have questions about SWEEP, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program Videos
The SWEEP Program is not currently accepting applications.
As of February 4, 2022:
Related Grant Opportunities
Grant Opportunities for Producers
Climate Smart Agriculture: Rossow Farms
Episode 1: SWEEP has had a positive effect on Seth Rossow’s family owned farm, Rossow Farms which is located in Merced, San Joaquin County. (4:06)
Climate Smart Agriculture: Giacomazzi Farms
Episode 2: SWEEP has had a positive effect on Dino Giacomazzi’s family owned farm, Giacomazzi Farms which is located in Hanford, Kings County. (4:05)
Climate Smart Agriculture: Tchieng and Thao Farms
Episode 3: SWEEP has had a positive effect on Fong Tchieng’s family owned farm, Tchieng Family Farm and Kong Thao’s family owned farm, Thao Family Farms, both of which are located in Fresno County. (5:00)