DEQ invites grant applications for the CAFO Improvement Fund program

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) invites applications for grants for the Concentrated Animal Feed Operation (CAFO) Improvement Fund Program.

The CAFO Improvement Fund was established by the Idaho State Legislature in 2022 to help dairies, feedlots and other concentrated animal feed operations implement quality improvement projects. the local environment.

Funds will go to projects that protect and improve air, water or soil quality and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the site. Projects eligible for CAFO Enhancement Grants are not eligible for other diffuse funding sources through the DEQ.

A successful CAFO grant must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 40% of total project costs must come from sources other than the CAFO Improvement Fund.
  • Projects must begin within one year of award and be completed within three years.
  • The grower must have an approved and current Environmental/Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) in accordance with state regulations and must be in compliance as evidenced by the most recent NMP review.
  • Demonstrate how the project/equipment/practice will be sustained over time.
  • The project must be implemented in the CAFO management area.

Applicants with more than one CAFO may submit separate applications for multiple facilities, but grants will be capped at $1 million per owner/partnership.

Additional information and application materials are available on DEQ Idaho Contained Animal Feeding Operations Improvement Subgrants Web page. Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. MST. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Submit completed applications via email to using the following format for the title subject line: CAFO Improvement Application – insert project name.

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