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Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program - Planning Grant

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California Department of Conservation (DOC) - Division of Land Resource Protection

Conf. Date:

05/24/22

LOI Date:

07/01/22

Deadline Date:

09/09/22 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to California local units of government and tribes for preservation initiatives. Applicants are required to submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support the development and implementation of plans to protect agricultural lands that are at risk of conversion to non-agricultural uses.

Planning grants provide funds to develop plans that conserve agricultural lands by designing and implementing land use policies and accompanying strategies that reduce the threat of conversion to nonagricultural uses and reduce vehicle miles traveled. Plans may also recognize and protect the other cobenefits of conserving agricultural lands. This component of SALC incentivizes local, regional and tribal governments to work closely with stakeholders to develop land use policies and plans that integrate agricultural land conservation.

Eligible Projects

Planning grants assist the development of innovative, consensus-based plans that establish comprehensive goals, policies and objectives such as:

  • Protecting the agricultural land base;
  • Identifying infill development potential with complementary agricultural land conservation;
  • Developing the required local planning elements set forth in Government Code section 65560;
  • Supporting regional food systems, such as the processing and distribution of agricultural products;
  • Avoiding greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Supporting implementation of sustainable communities strategy; and
  • Supporting equitable land tenure for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and California Native American tribes.
  • Addressing unique regional threats to agricultural land such as groundwater availability, catastrophic wildfire,
  • Connecting rural agricultural land conservation and urban planning strategies; and
  • Enhancing co-benefits (e.g., habitat, groundwater recharge).

Work plans should include:

  • Community consensus-building activities including providing general education and outreach about agricultural land conservation; and,
  • Stakeholder meetings to support proposed project

SALC encourages grantees and stakeholders to include impacted Native American tribes in developing and implementing Planning projects.

For allowable costs, see https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/grant-programs/SALCP/Documents/_SALC%20Round%208%20Final%20guidelines/FY21-22%20SALCP%20Guidelines.pdf#page=48.

SALC Goals are available at https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/grant-programs/SALCP/Documents/_SALC%20Round%208%20Final%20guidelines/FY21-22%20SALCP%20Guidelines.pdf#page=7.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152895

Estimated Size of Grant:

Planning Grants have a $500,000 maximum grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Counties, cities, local area formation commissions (LAFCOs), councils of government, municipal planning organizations, regional transportation planning agencies, groundwater sustainability agencies, special districts with land use or transportation planning authority, and federally recognized California Native American tribe or a nonfederally recognized California Native American tribe that is on the contact list maintained by the Native American Heritage Commission are eligible to apply.

Resource Conservation Districts, special districts with a mission related to agricultural preservation, academic institutions, land trusts and other agricultural non-profit organizations may apply if they partner with an entity listed above and the entity has a significant role implementing the proposed project.

SALC strongly encourages submission of applications that demonstrate a commitment to meaningful, actionable collaboration with stakeholders from multiple organizations (e.g., neighboring counties, cities, local area formation commissions, agricultural organizations, land trusts, open space districts, community-based organizations with a history and experience working with priority populations and historically underserved communities, community-based organizations that have trusted relationships with the agricultural community, socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and others). While there is no minimum number of partners that can be included in a proposal, priority scoring will be given to those applicants that are able to demonstrate strong and diverse partnerships.

Pre-proposal Conference:

M​ay 24 - SALC Land Use Planning Grant Workshop (Online)
​​​Thursday May 24
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Register: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/ORZzzjX

Pre-Application Information:

Critical Dates for Round 8:
- Draft Guidelines released for comment: February 18, 2022
- Public comment closed: March 25, 2022
- Guidelines adopted: April 28, 2022
- Acquisition Pre-proposal due: June 15, 2022
- Planning Pre-proposal due: July 1, 2022
- Determination of available funding: September 2022
- Capacity applications due: August 8, 2022
- Acquisition and Planning Applications due: September 9, 2022
- Project Awards: December 2022

Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. on the deadlines specified.

All applicants are encouraged to provide the Department with a structured summary of their proposed project prior to the full application deadline.

The application must include a minimum ten percent (10%) match funding.

Acquisition and Planning Grant Application Information: https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/grant-programs/SALCP/Pages/Application%20Information.aspx

Contact Information:

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

Applicants are required to submit the entire application to the Department via email to: salcp@conservation.ca.gov.

Department of Conservation
Division of Land Resource Protection
Keali’i Bright, Division Director
salcp@conservation.ca.gov
(916)324-0850

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