Grants for Growers

GRANTS FOR GROWERS

Financial support for almond growers, processors and farm-related businesses is available from a variety of federal, state and local agencies and from non-governmental organizations. Start your search in the chart below:

Incentive Programs for Water Use Efficiency, Water Quality and Energy Efficiency/Air Quality

Program

(Clickable Link)

Ag Area(s) Focus

Equipment/Practices Funded

Eligibility

Incentive

Availability

Deadline

California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program

Energy Stewardship, Air Quality

Cleaner-than-required engines and equipment (pumps/tractors)

Private businesses
Statewide

Cost share

Open

Year round

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Field Operations Emissions Reductions

Air Quality

Low-dust harvest/pick-up

Private businesses

Statewide

Cost share

Open

Year round

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Water Use Efficiency, Water Quality, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality

Conservation equipment and practices

Private businesses

Statewide

Cost share

Open

Year round

EQIP Bay Delta Initiative
(California-specific link
)

Water Use Efficiency, Water Quality

Conservation equipment and practices

Private businesses

Central Valley

Cost share

Open

Year round

EQIP On-Farm Energy Initiative

Energy Stewardship/Air Quality

Energy audit and conservation equipment (e.g., pumps, VFDs)

Private businesses

Statewide

Cost share

Open

Year round

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Water Use Efficiency, Water Quality, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality

Conservation equipment and practices

Private businesses

Statewide

Cost share

Open

2018 Deadline: March 2,

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

Water Use Efficiency, Water Quality

Comprehensive projects addressing water conservation

Producer groups

Statewide

Grants

Pending

Not set

Agricultural Conservation Easements Program (ACEP)

Water Quality

Wetlands protection, restoration and enhancement

Private businesses

Statewide

Cost share

2018

Year round

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)

State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

Water Use Efficiency, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality

Conservation equipment (e.g., flow meters, weather stations, micro-irrigation systems, VFDs, solar power systems)

Private businesses

Statewide

Cost share

Funding for 2018 likely in October 2017

Likely December 2017


The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agriculture. SWEEP has had a positive effect on Giacomazzi farms:

Healthy Soils Program

Soil Health

Conservation management practices: sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gases, improve soil health

Private businesses
Statewide

Cost share

Closed

December expected

Specialty Crop Block Grant

Economic

Increase competitiveness of California specialty crops, including tree nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops

Non-profit/for-profit organizations, local/state/federal government, public/private colleges and universities

Statewide

Grants

Closed for 2018

2019 Financial Award:

January 31, 2019

California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)

Financial Assistance Funding - Grants & Loans

Water Quality

Comprehensive projects addressing water quality

Producer groups
Statewide

Grants and loans

Pending

Not set

Utility Districts

California Solar Initiative for Business
Southern California Edison (SCE)

Energy Stewardship/Air Quality

Solar power systems

Private businesses
SCE service area

Rebates

Open

Year round

Agricultural and Pumping Interruptible Program (SCE)

Energy Stewardship

Credits for service disruptions during high-demand periods

Private businesses
SCE service area

Credits to bill

Open

Year round

Pump Testing Program
(SCE
)

Energy Stewardship/Air Quality, Water Use Efficiency

Pump tests and retrofits or repairs

Private businesses
SCE service area

Subsidized tests and rebates

Open

Year round

Self-Generation Incentive Program
(SCE
)

Energy Stewardship/Air Quality

Non-solar self-generation power systems (e.g., wind, fuel cell, waste heat recapture)

Private businesses
SCE service area

Rebates

Open

Not set

Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

Energy Stewardship/Air Quality, Water Use Efficiency

Pump tests and retrofits or repairs

Private businesses
PG&E service area

Subsidized tests and rebates

Open

Year round

Energy Efficiency Rebates for Your Business
(PG&E
)

Energy Stewardship/Air Quality, Water Use Efficiency

VFDs, micro-irrigation systems, electric pump conversions, lighting, refrigeration, etc.

Private businesses
PG&E service area

Rebates

Open

Year round

Energy Management Programs
(PG&E
)

Energy Stewardship/Air Quality

Time-of-use and demand-response discounts, energy efficient equipment

Private businesses
PG&E service area

Rate discounts, interest-free loans

Open

Year round

Irrigation Districts

Water and Energy Efficiency Program
Modesto Irrigation District (MID)

Water Use Efficiency, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality

Irrigation system improvements

Private businesses
MID service area

Rebates

Open

2018 Deadline: Dec. 15, 2018

Energy Efficiency Program
Turlock Irrigation District (TID)

Water Use Efficiency, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality

Irrigation system improvements

Private businesses
TID service area

Rebates

Open

Year round

On-Farm Water Conservation Program
South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID)

Water Use Efficiency, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality

Irrigation system improvements

Private businesses
SSJID service area

Cost share

Pending

Not set

Business Rebates (MercedID)

Energy Stewardship/Air Quality

Motor/ Pump Upgrades

Private businesses

MercedID service area

Rebates

Open

Year round

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Renewable Energy for America Program

Energy Stewardship/Air Quality

Renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements

Private businesses
Statewide

Grants and loan guarantees

Open

TBD

Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education - Farmer/Rancher Grants
(WSARE)

Water Use Efficiency, Water Quality, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality

Trials/demonstrations and outreach involving conservation equipment and practices

Growers working with Technical Advisor(s)
Statewide

Grants

Closed

TBD

WSARE Professional + Producer Grants

Water Use Efficiency, Water Quality, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality

Trials/demonstrations and outreach involving conservation equipment and practices

Agricultural professionals working with grower(s)
Statewide

Grants

Closed

TBD

California Energy Commission (CEC)

Water & Energy Technologies (WET) Program

Water Use Efficiency, Energy Stewardship/Air Quality

Conservation equipment (e.g., flow meters, weather stations, smart irrigation systems, VFDs, solar power systems)

Private businesses
Statewide

Rebates

Suspended

Not set

California Department of Conservation (CDOC)

California Farmland Conservancy Program

Easements

Easement and planning projects that support agricultural land conservation statewide

Farm owners

Easement

Open

Variable