CDFA begins second round of applications for water efficiency program

The CDFA will begin accepting applications on Sept. 29 for a second round of funding for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), authorized by emergency drought legislation (Senate Bill 103).
SWEEP is an 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.go/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 athttps://faast.waterboards.ca.gov.
Growers will be able to access the FAAST application system on Sept. 29 at 8 a.m. Applications must be submitted electronically using FAAST by Friday Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.
CDFA will hold three application workshops and one webinar to provide information on program requirements and the FAAST application process (see below). There is no cost to attend the workshops or webinar. Individuals planning to attend should email  grants@cdfa.ca.gov with their contact information, number of seats required and workshop location.
The workshops will be held in Fresno Oct. 6 from 1-3 p.m. at the Fresno County Ag Commissioner Office, 1730 S. Maple Avenue, West Wing Conference Room #1, Fresno; San Luis Obispo Oct. 8 from 1-3 p.m. at the San Luis Obispo County Ag Commissioner Office Auditorium, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo and on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the CDFA auditorium
1220 N Street, Sacramento.
A webinar will be held on Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Sept. 26, 2014 WUD Friday Update