Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Funding Deadline Extended for On-Farm Water Efficiency Projects

Funding Deadline Extended for
On-Farm Water Efficiency Projects

New deadline: July 29, 2014


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The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has extended its deadline for applications for the new State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) until July 29, 2014.

$10 million in competitive grant funding, authorized by emergency drought legislation and funded with cap-and-trade revenue, will be awarded to provide financial assistance to agricultural operations for implementation of water conservation measures that result in increased water efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Examples of eligible projects include:
  • Pump efficiency retrofits to increase flow and upgrade overall pumping efficiency of well and booster pumps
  • Conversion from high pressure sprinkler to drip or micro irrigation systems
  • Replacement of high pressure sprinkler nozzles with low pressure nozzles 
  • Installation of variable frequency drives on pumps with varying operating conditions
  • Irrigation scheduling
  • Soil moisture monitoring equipment
  • Conversion of diesel pumps to solar or wind  
Applications must be submitted electronically by Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST. All applicants must register for a FAAST account at https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov.

Application guidelines and more information on applying are available on the CDFA website at:
http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/EnvironmentalStewardship/WEEP.html