The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $38 million in grant funding through the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program (RFSI).

Though RFSI, farmers, food processors and entities operating in the middle of the supply chain, among others, can apply for grants to assist with supply chain needs for products intended for human consumption (excluding meat and poultry, which are funded via other programs). The purpose of RFSI is to help strengthen the food system.

Funds can be utilized for efforts, such as: projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase water savings, infrastructure projects that can reasonably be completed within the grant duration, projects to facilitate training opportunities for worker safety or facilitate compliance with the Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  

RFSI priorities include projects submitted directly by growers, producers, processors, and shippers and projects benefitting historically underserved or socially disadvantaged farmers, in addition to small businesses that are disadvantaged, women-owned, or veteran-owned.

Upcoming Webinars
  • January 8, 2024, at 10 a.m. — Register HERE
  • February 1, 2024, at 1 p.m. – Register HERE 
RFSI Resources
Frequently asked questions and answers provided by CDFA are available HERE. To read the request for proposals, click HERE.
Applications are due by February 26, 2024. Please click HERE for CDFA’s application resources, as well as eligibility and grant matching requirements.