State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)
Congratulations to the 2019 SWEEP recipients!
If you are a new SWEEP recipient, now is the time to be finalizing your grant agreements and scheduling project installations. If you need help with any of the paperwork or project implementation, contact one of us for free assistance.
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 agricultural operations.
Funds and timeline: Farmers and ranchers can receive up to $100,000.
SWEEP is currently closed to new applications. Please check here for updates on a possible 2020-2021 application period.
Eligible practices include:
- Installation of a variable frequency drive
- Pump retrofit or replacement
- Solar panels
- Soil moisture sensors
- Electronic weather station linked to irrigation controller
- Use of evapotranspiration (ET) based irrigation scheduling
- Conversion to micro-irrigation or drip irrigation
- Conversion to low-pressure irrigation system
How to Apply:
The grant process includes a web-based application consisting of a series of questions that can be saved and returned to before submitting.
Before you apply, you will need to gather three main pieces of information:
1. A pump efficiency test. For more information on how and where to get a pump test, click here. PG&E customers are eligible for a subsidy that pays for most of the cost of this testing.
2. The last twelve months of your energy records.
3. Quotes from vendors for the costs of your project components and installation.
Please note: The online application can be difficult, so we strongly encourage you reach out to your nearest UC Cooperative Extension specialist for help writing your application.
Projects located in "Severely Disadvantaged Communities" or SDACs will receive priority funding. To determine if you are in one of these areas, click here.
To see what types of projects have been awarded previously, click here to view the 2019 award recipients.