This is a message from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley (5). State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)
Please see the message below from the California Department of Food and Agriculture for information on funding opportunities for water efficiency and enhancement projects.
Release #14-043: CDFA TO INITIATE SECOND ROUND OF FUNDING FOR THE STATE WATER EFFICIENCY AND ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (SWEEP)
SWEEP is a unique opportunity for growers to receive financial assistance to install water distribution systems that save water and reduce greenhouse gases. Up to $150,000 will be provided directly to agricultural operations for water and energy conservation projects that benefit all Californians. The funding can support a broad range of irrigation-related projects such as pump improvements, equipment to facilitate water saving measures and other quantifiable water distribution and greenhouse gas reduction management practices.
Prospective applicants must access the “Application Guidelines” at www.cdfa.ca.gov/go/SWEEP for detailed information on eligibility and program requirements. To streamline and expedite the application process, CDFA is partnering with the State Water Resources Control Board, which hosts an online application using the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST). All applicants must register for a FAAST account at https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov.
Growers will be able to access the FAAST application system on September 29 at 8:00 a.m. PST. Applications must be submitted electronically using FAAST by Friday November 10, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST.
Prospective applicants may contact CDFA’s Grants Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with general program questions.
Governor Brown has called on all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent and prevent water waste. Visit www.SaveOurWater.com to find out how everyone can do their part and www.Drought.CA.Gov to learn more about how California is dealing with the effects of the drought.
Director of Public Affairs
California Department of Food and Agriculture