Grant Programs at CDFA

Alternative Manure Management Program

Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) awards competitive grants to California dairy and livestock operations implementation of non-digester manure management practices in California that will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

California Agriculture License Plates

A competitive solicitation process awards CalAgPlate grant program funds that promote agricultural education and leadership activities for students at K-12, post-secondary, and adult education levels.

California State Trade Expansion Program

The California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) is a federally funded grant program of the U.S. Small Business Administration to increase exports activities among small businesses. Funding associated with this program will support trade development and enhancement activities that help small businesses enter or expand their exporting activity to foreign markets.

The State of California is currently accepting proposals for the California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). Interested applicants should review and use the templates below when submitting their proposals.

Proposals must be submitted electronically in a single email, with all required attachments to by 5:00 p.m. PDT on March 6, 2020.

The California STEP partners will conduct one webinar on the 2020 STEP solicitation process on February 26, 2020 at 1:30pm PDT. To register for the webinar, please email

Dairy Digester Research and Development

The Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) awards competitive grants to California dairy operations and digester developers for the implementation of dairy digesters that result in long-term methane emission reductions on California dairies and minimize or mitigate adverse environmental impacts.

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

This program is 100 percent federally funded and provides low-income seniors with check booklets that can be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and honey at Certified Farmers' Markets.

Healthy Soils Program

Healthy Soils Program consisting of Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects, provides grants for incentivizing and demonstrating the implementation of conservation agricultural management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases and improve soil health.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Each year, CDFA conducts a two-phase competitive solicitation process to award funds to projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).

Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

This program is offered by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. The SCMP competitively funds projects to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or national-level specialty crop issues, including food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific projects addressing common issues, and marketing and promotion.

State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program

CDFA awards grants to eligible projects that implement on-farm water irrigation systems that reduce energy use resulting in greenhouse gas (GHGs) emission reductions and water savings.

Spay and Neuter Grant Programs

CDFA offers two Spay and Neuter Grant programs that are available on a competitive basis. The Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Fund (AHCF) Program and the Pet Lover's License Plate Program. The AHCF is supported by California taxpayer contributions while the Pet Lover's License Plate Program is supported by the purchase of the Pet Lover's Specialty License Plates. Both programs distribute funds to offer low-cost or no-cost spay and neuter services within California.