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

Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies
to Implement Local Conservation Plans

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)

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09/18/20 5:00 PM PST


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, local jurisdictions, public agencies, and tribes for critical projects related to the implementation of local 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 or NCCPs. 

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

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136139

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Term of Contract:

February - March 2021: Estimated start date for projects.

All grant funds must be expended by March 31, 2023.

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 2020-21) are due no later than September 18, 2020, by 5:00 pm (PST). The Proposal Application Form and all accompanying documents must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format to the NCCP email.

- August 14, 2020: CDFW will solicit proposals
- September 18, 2020: Deadline for Applicants to submit their proposals electronically to the Habitat Conservation Planning Branch (HCPB)
- September - October 2020: Review of Proposals by a statewide review team will be completed and projects will be recommended for funding.
- October - November 2020: CDFW will send notification letters to Applicants
- November - December 2020: CDFW or WCB, as applicable, will develop Grant Agreements
- December 2020- February 2021: CDFW will send Grant Agreements to Grantees for approval and signature.
- February - March 2021: Estimated start date for projects.

All grant funds must be expended by March 31, 2023.

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.

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

For NCCP LAG Contact Information by region, see

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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