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Alert: Possible Scam: CDFA Grant Notifications Requesting Payment in Exchange for Grant Awards.

CDFA has been made aware of numerous scams soliciting payment from applicants to award grants. CDFA does not charge fees for application or administration of grants and awards are never made based on payments from applicants. If you believe you may be a victim of this effort, you are encouraged to contact your local law enforcement (Police or Sheriff's Department).

Pet Lover's License Plate Program

Program Purpose

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Pet Lover's License Plate Program is supported by Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) charging specified additional fees for the issuance, renewal, or transfer of specialized license plates. Funds awarded on competitive basis will be distributed to animal control agencies or nonprofit shelters that offer low-cost or no-cost animal sterilization services.

2024 Pet Lover’s Grant Proposal

Grant Proposal Supplements

Technical Review Committee

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is welcoming volunteers with knowledge and expertise in California's veterinary, animal rescue/shelter, and animal services industries to serve on the 2024 Pet Lover's License Plate Grant Program Technical Review Committee (TRC). This committee reviews, evaluates, and makes recommendations to CDFA on proposals submitted for funding.

All individuals interested in serving on the TRC must submit a completed TRC Application, Conflict of Interest form, and a copy of their résumé or curriculum vitae to before 5 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2023. TRC members will be required to complete a statement of economic interest (Form 700), and complete Ethics and Sexual Harassment Prevention trainings.

Technical Review Committee Application

Conflict of Interest Form

2024 Timeline:

You can help support agricultural education and the Pet Lover's program by purchasing a special interest license plate at your local DMV office or online today.


The California Department of Food and Agriculture is pleased to announce the:

Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund (Prevention Fund)

Program Purpose and Funding

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Prevention Fund is supported by California taxpayer contributions for the sole purpose of spay and neuter activities to eliminate cat and dog homelessness. CDFA anticipates awarding up to $184,000 on a competitive basis to be distributed to municipal animal control agencies, and eligible society for the prevention of animal cruelty affiliates and humane society affiliates.

CDFA seeks to maximize the benefit to the public of each Prevention Fund dollar spent. Funds will be awarded based on the number of animals to be altered per dollar requested. Applicant organizations that are ineligible for, or have not received funds from, the Pet Lover's License Plate Program may be prioritized.

Eligibility and Exclusions

Municipal animal control agencies are defined as a city, county, or city and county animal control agency or shelter. The following are now eligible: a society for the prevention of animal cruelty affiliate or humane society affiliate under contract to provide all animal control services for a local public agency. To be considered, applicants must be current on their reporting requirements to the State Department of Public Health, Veterinary Public Health Section. Awards cannot be used for administrative expenses or for any purpose outside of California.


The California Department of Food and Agriculture is pleased to announce the:

Contact Us

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Office of Grants Administration
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (916) 657-3231