Grant Application Assistance

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Technical assistance is available for growers and socially disadvantaged farmers to access government grants and loans.

QUICK LINKS TO GRANTS BY CATEGORY

Wildfire Recovery & Prevention  |  Climate & Environment  |  COVID-19

Napa Valley Grapegrowers members and Napa County farmworkers are eligible to receive free technical support for grant applications through our partner Morrison. These grant programs provide financial assistance for a variety of projects that address environmental concerns, water & air quality, improved soil health, irrigation efficiency, value-added marketing programs, reduced soil erosion, renewable energy, and more.

Morrison has worked with NVG and the Farmworker Foundation for over 8 years and is a trusted partner. They are a business consulting firm with a focus on serving the food and agriculture industry that has helped to secure more than $55 million in grant funding for their clients over their history. There are a number of programs that Morrison can provide application assistance for including:

If you are interested in utilizing professional grant writing assistance provided through NVFF for these grant opportunities, please contact Jill at jdurfee@napagrowers.org.


Wildfire Recovery and Prevention

Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP)

The EFRP program provides payments to eligible owners of nonindustrial private forest (NIPF) land in order to carry out emergency measures to restore land damaged by a natural disaster. To restore NIPF, EFRP participants may implement emergency forest restoration practices such as debris removal, site preparation and planting materials, and restoration of fire lanes or fuel breaks.

To learn more about this program click here.

PG&E Wood Management Program

PG&E will be dispatching crews to gather wood that was cut down following the Glass Fire and LNU Fire in 2020. No grant application is required for this, but property owners must opt-in by September 15. To opt-in or learn more about the PG&E Wood Management Program in 2020 wildfire areas, call 1-877-295.4949. 

Click here for the press release with more information.


Climate and Environment

USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

This program is currently accepting applications and provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural production and processing. Eligible entities for the program include: Agricultural producers with at least 50 percent of their gross income coming from agricultural operations or small businesses in eligible rural areas. Funds may be used in the following two ways: 1) For renewable energy systems, such as: biomass (for example: biodiesel and ethanol, anaerobic digesters, and solid fuels); geothermal for electric generation or direct use; hydropower below 30 megawatts; hydrogen; small and large wind generation; small and large solar generation; and ocean (tidal, current, thermal) generation. 2) For the purchase, installation and construction of energy efficiency improvements, such as: high efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC); insulation; lighting; cooling or refrigeration units; doors and windows; electric, solar or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots; switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor; and replacement of energy-inefficient equipment. Applicants must provide at least 75 percent of the project cost if applying for a grant only. The program requires financial documentation, an energy assessment, and for grant requests over $200,000 a feasibility study is also required.

To learn more about the program click here.

CDFA State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

The SWEEP grant program is anticipated to open in the Fall of 2021 and provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. California farmers, ranchers and Federal and California-recognized Native American Indian Tribes are eligible to apply for this program. Eligible system components for the grant program include: soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives and installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy, among others. The maximum grant award for the most recent funding round was $100,000 with matching funds and in-kind contributions strongly encouraged.

To find out more about the requirements of the most recent SWEEP solicitation (2019) click here. To read more about prior awards click here.


COVID-19

California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

This grant program will open for the next funding round on Thursday, September 9th, with grant awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 depending on the eligible business’ gross revenue for 2019. Funds can be used for the following costs: All employee expenses including payroll costs, health care benefits, paid sick, medical, or family leave, and insurance premiums; working capital and overhead, including rent, utilities, mortgage principal and interest payments (excluding mortgage prepayments), and debt obligations (including principal and interest) incurred before March 1, 2020; costs associated with re-opening business operations after being fully or partially closed due to state-mandated COVID-19 health and safety restrictions and business closures; costs associated with complying with COVID-19 federal, state or local guidelines for reopening with required safety protocols, including but not limited to equipment, plexiglass barriers, outdoor dining, PPE supplies, testing, and employee training expenses; any other COVID-19 related expenses not already covered (for the same; period) through grants, forgivable loans or other relief through federal, state, county or city programs; any other COVID-19 related costs that are not one of the ineligible uses of funds.

To find out if your business is eligible for this program and to learn more about the program click here.