Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Program Open for Applications

The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), authorized by emergency drought legislation last year, is open for applications through June 29.
The program provides funding to help farmers and ranchers implement conservation measures that reduce their water use and greenhouse gas emissions. 
The maximum grant award is $150,000 and can be used to improve irrigation and energy-use efficiency on California farms and ranches. Examples of fundable activities include the following:
  • replacing flood or furrow irrigation systems with drip or micro irrigation, 
  • converting from fossil fuel-powered engines to solar, wind, or electric power, or
  • installing soil moisture and pump monitoring stations.
Projects must document how irrigation efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction will be accomplished. The application must document actual on-farm water and energy usage with utility bills, fuel receipts, farm activity logs, etc. 
Because of the technical nature of a successful application, applicants are encouraged to contact their local Resource Conservation District or Natural Resources Conservation Service office for support in developing a proposal.
More information on this funding opportunity can be found on the CDFA website. Submit applications by June 29, 2015, by 5:00 p.m. PST.