CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation is currently accepting grant applications from commercial dairies and livestock operations, with available awards totaling more than $32 million for manure management projects.
Individual grant applicants can receive up to $2.85 million in awards per project. The awards would fund the installation of equipment and implementation of practices that result in long-term methane emissions reductions and maximize environmental co-benefits. The application deadline is 5 PM PT on Monday, August 28, 2023.
CDFA is offering grants for the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) and the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP). The programs are both are supported by funding from the Budget Act of 2022, with $48 million appropriated for livestock methane reduction and an additional $20 million specifically for AMMP through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. AMMP will make approximately $20.9 million available, and DDRDP approximately $11.4 million available for 2023 awards, with remaining funds available in a subsequent solicitation expected in 2024.
New this year — the Dairy Plus Program offers the opportunity to amplify the reach and scope of traditional AMMP and DDRDP projects with approximately $75 million from the USDA Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities program. CDFA and the California Dairy Research Foundation joined forces to secure funding for this program, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions while expanding markets for climate-smart commodities. Dairy Plus will fund advanced manure management practices that reduce GHG emissions and address nutrient surpluses.
New AMMP and DDRDP applicants and previous AMMP and DDRDP recipients with completed projects are all eligible to apply to the Dairy Plus Program.
Prospective applicants can find individual program details below:
- Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP)
Applications are due Monday, August 28, 2023, by 5:00 PM PT. Detailed information is available at www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/AMMP.
- Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP)
Applications are due Monday, August 28, 2023, by 5:00 PM PT. Detailed information is available at www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/ddrdp.
- Dairy Plus Program
Applications are due Monday, August 28, 2023, by 5:00 PM PT. Detailed information is available at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/dairyplus/.
Since 2015, CDFA’s dairy and livestock methane programs have funded 271 incentive projects that will result in the reduction of more than 24.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) once completed through their expected minimum lifetime. This is equivalent to removing a total of 5.4 million gasoline-powered cars from the road. — By CDFA Office of Public Affairs