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Economic Relief 

If you are a small-scale producer in San Diego or a part of an underserved community, we are here to help you complete the applications below based on your need. To learn more about qualifications and the application process, please reach out to Elizabeth Garcia. | 619-562-0096 x 105


Currently Open Opportunities 


CUSP Direct Farmer Grant Program for Drought Relief
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, please reach out to Elizabeth to learn more about the current round of funding. Funded by the CA Dept of Food and Ag (CDFA).

These direct funds will assist small-scale and historically underserved producers in need of financial assistance caused by drought conditions. If your operation has been affected by drought and have not already received drought relief from a CDFA program, you may be eligible for up to $20,000 in reimbursement. 

Examples of covered expenses can include but are not limited to:

  • Increased electric utility bills of 30% or more due to increased electricity rates
  • Surface water costs if increase from year prior
  • Cost of hauling water for livestock
  • Lowering ag well pumps if a primary source of water is lost
  • Emergency upgrades to irrigation system (paired with conservation)
  • Decreased crop yields/crop loss due to less water available or having to fallow land

Not Covered:

  • Drilling new well
  • Upgrading pump to a larger size which would draw more water

Not sure if you qualify? We can explore your options! 



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