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.
SWEEP is currently accepting applications. The Budget Act of 2021 appropriated $50 M to SWEEP. CDFA will award between $43 and $45 M. Projects that meet a minimum score will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Before initiating an application for SWEEP, please review the following items to learn more about the SWEEP program and application process:
SWEEP is accepting applications online.Apply Here
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
CDFA will host three informational webinars for potential applicants of SWEEP:
- SWEEP Informational Webinars (click to sign up)
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 email@example.com.
State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program Videos
The SWEEP Program is accepting applications.
As of October 21, 2021:
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)