Water Efficiency Technical Assistance Program
The Budget Act of 2021 appropriated $5 million to CDFA for irrigation water efficiency and nutrient management technical assistance grants. The Water Efficiency Technical Assistance (WETA) grant program is designed to facilitate technical assistance to agricultural operations for on-farm water and energy use efficiency and nutrient management.
Organizations that receive funding will work on any or all of three program objectives:
- Provide on-farm, one-on-one technical assistance to farmers to evaluate irrigation system efficiency (e.g., mobile irrigation lab) and provide diagnostics, reports and recommendations to growers.
- Coordinate or provide pump efficiency testing for farmers.
- Provide training regarding water use efficiency and nutrient management practices and technology.
CDFA accepted applications for the Water Efficiency Technical Assistance Program (WETA) from November 22, 2021 through February 3, 2022.
April 5, 2022 – Eleven organizations have been selected to receive WETA awards totaling $5 million.
Timeline for WETA Application and Award Process
|Solicitation Process||Estimated Timeframe*|
|Application Submission Period||November 22, 2021 – February 3, 2022|
|Review Period||January – February, 2022|
|Announcement of Awards||April 2022|
|Grant Agreement Development and Execution||April- June 2022|
|Awarded Technical Assistance Project Implementation||June 2022 – June 2025|
*Subject to change.
The Water Efficiency Technical Assistance Program (WETA) is currently not accepting applications