Ag community urged to apply for water efficiency State grant

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SWEEP Grant Application Deadline Extended to 5p.m. THURSDAY, MARCH 16th

 SACRAMENTO, CA— Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D- Coachella), Chair of the State Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, urges the local agricultural industry to apply for State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) grants.

Due to technical maintenance on the website the 2017 SWEEP application deadline has been extended to Thursday, March, 16th 2017 at 5pm. 

This grant program is offered through the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to support California’s commitment to reduce emissions through water and energy efficiency program investments.

This year, up to $4.5 million will be made available for irrigation projects that reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and save water. The maximum grant award is $100,000 with a recommended 50 percent match of the total project cost. The maximum grant duration is 12 months. 2017 SWEEP funding awards will be announced in May.

“The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) is a prime example of how state climate investments can help boost our local economies. Last year, I was proud to see grant recipients from the 56th District reap the benefits of this funding source,” shared Assemblymember Garcia. “This year, 4.5 million is up for grabs and I strongly encourage our agricultural community to take advantage of these existing resources.”

 

For More Information: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/sweep/

 

Application Assistance Contacts:

Dr. Jairo Diaz, UC Cooperative Extension – Imperial County

Email: jdiazr@ucanr.edu

Phone: 760.356.3065

Dr. Khaled Bali, Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center

Email: kmbali@ucanr.edu

Phone: 559.646.6541

Cherie Watte, Executive Director IVH2O

Email: ccwatte@hotmail.com

Phone: 916.690.3111

 

For growers interested in drip irrigation grant proposal assistance contact:

Jamie Milken, Innovation Center  

Email: jweisman224@gmail.com

Phone:  626.788.6007  

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