The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) 2023 Noxious Weed Grant Program (NWGP) will award grants to eligible applicants within the State of California for the implementation of an integrated weed management plan.
CDFA will fund one grant proposal per county and a maximum award amount of up to $42,421 per county. An award maximum amount has been included to ensure encumbrance of funds in a variety of geographic locations that will result in quantifiable accomplishments.
To be eligible, applicants must be a County Agricultural Commissioner. The project site must be located within the state of California. Applications must reflect work pertaining to implementation of controlling and/or mapping of noxious and invasive weed populations as defined in Food and Agricultural Code section 7270.5(b). In addition to plants on the Section 4500 Noxious Weed List allowable targeted species would include CDFA A and Q-rated as well as regionally important B-rated weeds. Applicants are encouraged to identify collaboration among organizations through a Weed Management Area or similar partnership. Cost-share is strongly encouraged. See Matching Funds for more details.
The project term is twenty-four (24) months and grant funds cannot be expended before July 1, 2023, or after June 30, 2025. CDFA may offer an award different than the amount requested.
Program goals include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Increase the profitability and value of cropland and rangeland.
(2) Decrease the costs of roadside, park, and waterway maintenance.
(3) Reduce the fire hazard and fire control costs in the state.
(4) Protect the biodiversity of native ecosystems.
(5) Maintain the recreational and aesthetic value of open space, recreational, and public areas.
(6) Increase water supply and flow.