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CDFA Pauses SWEEP Assistance


The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has paused their open application period for direct-to-producer assistance through the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program, also known as SWEEP. CDFA issued a statement on the SWEEP webpage and social media attributing the interruption to budget issues.  

The SWEEP program had just opened on December 5, 2023, and was talked about in detail at the Grower Breakfast and Incentive and Grower Support Zone at The Almond Conference 2023 earlier this month.  

SWEEP funding is broken into two groups, grant funding and direct-to-producer. Grant funding is awarded to service providers who distribute assistance to growers – for example, Regional Conservation District local offices. Those grants have been awarded and will be fully funded.  

The application pause affects the direct-to-producer applications – when growers directly apply for SWEEP assistance through CDFA. Growers who have already started the application process should have been contacted directly by CDFA. Find the latest information on the program and the status of the application period on the SWEEP webpage.  

For growers interested in learning about other funding opportunities, visit