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 is now accepting applications for the SWEEP program. Applications are due December 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.
To apply, review the Request for Applications and Frequently Asked Questions documents below and applicant tools in the “Resources” box on the right. To access the online application portal, click on the “Apply Here” link below.
- 2019 SWEEP Request for Applications
- Frequently Asked Questions (11/4/2019)
- CDFA Informational Workshop Video
Technical Assistance Resources
CDFA has partnered with the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources to offer Climate Smart Agriculture technical assistance. Individuals who are interested in learning more about climate-smart agriculture or need assistance with the CDFA incentive programs may contact their nearest Community Education Specialist.
CDFA has additional agreements with technical assistance providers throughout California to provide SWEEP applicants no-cost application assistance. Find your local technical assistance provider here.
Technical assistance providers are also holding workshops around the state to provide information to potential SWEEP applicants.
Anticipated Program Timeline
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SWEEP Program is now accepting applications.
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)