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Natural Community Conservation Planning Local Assistance Grant (NCCP LAG) Program

Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Tribes to Implement Local Conservation Plans

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)

Deadline Date:

06/18/21 5:00 PM PST

Description:

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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, local jurisdictions, public agencies, and tribes to implement conservation plans. Funding is intended to support projects that include, but are not limited to, restoration and enhancement, monitoring, management activities, acquisition, reserve management plans, mapping, and targeted studies for adaptive management.

The Natural Community Conservation Planning Local Assistance Grant (NCCP LAG) Program was created to assist local public and non-profit entities in the implementation of Natural Community Conservation Plans (NCCPs) throughout California, as authorized under Fish and Game Code (FGC) Section 2800 et seq. Additional legal authority for the NCCP LAG Program is provided by FGC Section 1501.5, which allows the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to grant funds for fish and wildlife habitat preservation, restoration, and enhancement. Proposals must address the highest priority tasks associated with the implementation of approved NCCPs s or NCCPs that are likely to be approved by June 2022. 

Examples of Eligible Project Types: 

  • Management Activities: Immediate management actions on newly acquired NCCP reserve lands
  • Restoration/Enhancement: Restoration or enhancement of habitats or species populations on NCCP reserve lands
  • Monitoring: Design and implementation of biological monitoring programs identified in an NCCP, including the establishment of sampling methods, monitoring plots, data collection, management, and analysis
  • Acquisition: Acquisition of land by fee title or conservation easement that is an essential part of an NCCP reserve system and acceptable to CDFW
  • Reserve Management Plans: Development and implementation of individual reserve management plans
  • Mapping: New or updated mapping in support of NCCP management or monitoring activities, such as vegetation community mapping
  • Targeted Studies for Adaptive Management: Studies to evaluate management actions for covered habitats or species, and whether such actions are meeting stated goals or require adjustments through adaptive management
  • Other: Other priority tasks, identified by the NCCP LAG Applicant and NCCP implementation partners, that are needed to ensure effective implementation of the NCCP

Additional funding is available this year through the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) from Proposition 68 funds for restoration projects. Restoration project applications can only be funded through WCB’s Proposition 68 program and not through NCCP LAG grant funds. Public Resources Code § 80111 authorized Proposition 68 funds for restoration of habitat that furthers the implementation of NCCPs. Funds available pursuant to WCB’s Proposition 68 program will be prioritized for restoration and will not be used to pay for costs related to management, monitoring, acquisition, management plans, mapping, management studies, or other priority tasks not related to restoration.

For Eligible Costs, see https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=6367&inline#page=27

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136139

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Term of Contract:

- December 2021- February 2022: Estimated start date for projects.
- All grant funds must be expended by March 31, 2024, except for restoration projects funded by Proposition 68 funds, which must be expended by March 31, 2025.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants include local jurisdictions or other entities that are implementing a CDFW approved NCCP or will be implementing an NCCP within 12 months of the release of this PSP.

Public agencies, tribes, and non-profit organizations that have an interest in assisting with the implementation of Eligible Projects (see below) are also eligible.

Mitigation obligations that are required by a regulatory agency as a condition of a permit are not considered eligible projects under this PSP. However, a project that is additive to any required mitigation and addresses a high-priority task for implementation of the NCCP is eligible for funding.

Routine, on-going management activities are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals for this funding cycle (FY 2021-22) are due no later than June 18, 2021, by 5:00 PM (PST).

Timeline:
- May 17, 2021: CDFW will solicit proposals by posting the PSP on CDFW’s NCCP Grants web page
- June 18, 2021: Deadline for Applicants to submit their proposals electronically to the Habitat Conservation Planning Branch
- July-August 2021: Review of Proposals by a statewide review team will be completed and projects will be recommended for funding.
- September 2021: CDFW will send notification letters to Applicants for NCCP LAG proposals. Proposition 68 Restoration Grant Applicants will be notified separately by WCB.
- September - November 2021: CDFW or WCB, as applicable, will develop Grant Agreements in collaboration with the Grantee for each project.
- November 2021: *For WCB grant applicants only* The November 2021 WCB board meeting is likely the first opportunity where WCB may award funds under this PSP. WCB holds a minimum of four meetings annually (typically February, May, August, and November) where the board may consider awarding funds for proposed projects. WCB staff anticipate that August 2022 will be the last board meeting where WCB will consider awarding funds under this 2021 PSP.
- November - December 2021: CDFW will send Grant Agreements to Grantees for approval and signature. Grantees will return signed Agreements to CDFW. CDFW will approve, sign, and execute each Agreement and send the Grantee a copy.
- December 2021- February 2022: Earliest estimated start date for projects that have an executed payable grant in place.

CDFW encourages Applicants to work with regional staff from the Wildlife Agencies and the appropriate NCCP Implementing Entity1 , throughout the year to identify high-priority tasks needed to implement NCCPs.

Proposals developed without consultation with Wildlife Agencies and the NCCP Implementing Entity to identify high-priority, NCCP-implementation tasks prior to the submission deadline will receive a lower score on the proposal evaluation. CDFW encourages Applicants to work closely with CDFW’s regional offices, USFWS and NMFS staff (if appropriate), and the NCCP Implementing Entity well in advance of proposal deadlines to identify high-priority, NCCP-implementation tasks.

Previously-funded projects: https://wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Planning/NCCP/Grant-Funded-Projects

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the completed application to NCCP@wildlife.ca.gov.

For NCCP LAG Contact Information by region, see https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=6367&inline#page=21

Habitat Conservation Planning Branch
1010 Riverside Parkway
West Sacramento, CA 95605

P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

(916) 376-8660

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