Agriculture, Environment
State or Federal?
CDFA’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) provides financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters in California, which will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. CDFA received $99 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund in 2017 (AB 109 - Budget Act of 2017) for methane emissions reductions from dairy and livestock operations. CDFA plans to allocate between 65-80% of the funds as incentives to support digester projects on California dairy operations. The remainder of the funding appropriation will incentivize development of non-digester practices to reduce methane emissions through the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). DDRDP is guided by the Statement of Principles of the California-Federal Dairy Digester Working Group, a partnership of state, federal and local agencies with the common goal of identifying and removing barriers to the wide adoption of dairy digester systems in California.
Eligible Entities
Private Corporations
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants are California dairy operations, milk producers, and digester developers. Applicants may submit multiple grant applications though each grant application must represent an individual digester project at a unique project site.

The project site must be located on a commercial California dairy operation. Projects must use methane for energy production or transportation fuel (e.g., compressed natural gas). Projects that propose flaring as the sole end-use for biogas will not be eligible for funding. Projects must either convert bio methane to renewable electricity or fuel (e.g., renewable natural gas [RNG] or renewable compressed natural gas [RCNG]), to use on-site or inject into an existing pipeline, or for the utilization of useful thermal energy onsite or at a neighboring facility.

At least 80% or more dry weight of the feedstock for anaerobic digestion must be manure from dairy livestock. Other substrates, such as dairy processing wastes including whey, or other agricultural waste, can be added to the feedstock to up to 20% dry weight. Applicants must provide details regarding the nature and sources of all co-substrates.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Jan 26, 2018
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Dec 15, 2017
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
Applicant workshops and a webinar were held January 3-8, 2018.
Match Required?
Match Notes
CDFA will fund up to 50% of the total project costs with a maximum grant award not to exceed $3 million per project. The applicant must contribute a minimum of 50% of total project cost in matching funds of which only 25% can include in-kind contributions.
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
CDFA will make $61-75 million (65-80% of $94.1 million) available for the 2018 DDRDP. A range of award amount has been included to ensure encumbrance of funds in each program by high-quality projects that will result in verifiable and quantifiable GHG reductions.

The maximum project term is two (2) years and grant funds cannot be expended before July 1, 2018, and after June 30, 2020. CDFA may offer an award different than the amount requested.
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