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Economic Relief 

If you are a small-scale producer in San Diego or part of a socially disadvantaged group, we are here to help you complete your application. To help you navigate the application process, set up an an appointment at the RCD with Joel Kramer. | 619-562-0096 x 103


Currently Open Opportunities 


County of San Diego is offering support to businesses impacted by COVID-19. You can learn how to apply here. Awards average $5,000 and the grant can be used to reimburse previous expenses, or for new expenditures within 60 days of the grant award. 

CUSP Direct Farmer Grant Program for Drought Relief
Deadline to apply is Sunday, January 15th 2023. Funded by the CA Dept of Food and Ag.

These direct grants will assist small-scale and historically underserved producers to apply for relief grants for those most in need of immediate drought assistance. If you can show that your operation has been affected by drought (sales or crop loss reports, water bill rate or usage increase, etc) and have not already received drought relief from a CDFA program, you may be eligible for up to $20,000 to fund your operation; average award is $5,000 to $10,000.

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

  • Increased electric utility bills of 50% 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

Producers must apply for the funds through CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) at the linkbelow. 


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