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Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program - Planning Grant

Grants to California Agencies
for Land Preservation Efforts

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:

05/26/21

LOI Date:

07/01/21

Deadline Date:

09/10/21 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to California local units of government 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 and implement plans for the protection of agricultural land at risk of conversion to non-agricultural uses, maintaining the economic viability of the region’s agricultural lands, and developing the economic viability of regional food systems and infrastructure to support the production, aggregation, processing and distribution of agricultural products. This component of SALC incentivizes local and regional governments to work closely with local stakeholders to develop local and regional land use policies and implementation activities that integrate agricultural land conservation in a way that reduces or avoids greenhouse gas emissions, supports job creation, and benefits priority populations.

Eligible Projects

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

  • Identifying priority land for conservation;
  • Maintaining the economic viability of the region’s agricultural industry;
  • Developing the required elements set forth in Government Code;
  • Developing the economic viability of regional food systems and infrastructure to support the production, aggregation, processing and distribution of agricultural products;
  • Protecting the agricultural land base from conversion nonagricultural uses;
  • Avoiding greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Building climate resilience; and,
  • Supporting implementation of sustainable communities strategy, including implementation of local plans supporting greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts and promoting infill and compact development.

Plans may address unique regional threats to agricultural land and regional food systems, such as groundwater availability, catastrophic wildfire, agricultural economic viability and infrastructure for production, processing and distribution of agricultural products, how rural and urban areas interface with each other, how land use policies impact each region, and how co-benefits (e.g., habitat, groundwater recharge) can be enhanced.

Work plans should include:

  • Community consensus building activities to develop a mitigation strategy for agricultural land when converted to other land uses, 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/Documents/FY20-21%20SALCP%20Guidelines_Public_Comment_Draft.pdf#page=38.

SALC Goals and Objectives are available at https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/Documents/FY20-21%20SALCP%20Guidelines_Public_Comment_Draft.pdf#page=5.

These Guidelines prioritize projects that:

  • Demonstrate the greatest potential to protect lands most at risk of conversion to residential or urban development,
  • Avoid GHG emissions,
  • Contribute to carbon neutrality and build climate resilience,
  • Promote equity (for more information about equity and priority populations, see https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/Documents/FY20-21%20SALCP%20Guidelines_Public_Comment_Draft.pdf#page=10),
  • Promote nature-based solutions and agricultural sustainability,
  • Protect biodiversity,
  • Support land use planning processes consistent with the goals of AHSC,
  • Support or improve public health, and
  • Provide multiple co-benefits. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152895

Estimated Size of Grant:

Planning grants have a maximum grant award of $250,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Counties, cities, local area formation commissions (LAFCOs), councils of government, municipal planning organizations, regional transportation planning agencies, groundwater management agencies, and special districts with land use or transportation planning authority are eligible to apply.

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:

Round 7 Draft Guidelines - Online Public Workshops:
March 9, 2021: 1 PM - 2 PM (Planning Grants)
Register here​: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/c8uQbwz

Listening Session #1: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Register here: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/Pytyq3H

Listening Session #2: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Register here: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/b9w3kqa

Listening Session #3: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salc-listening-session-3-continuing-the-conversation-registration-154052263467

SALC Listening Sessions: Advancing Racial Equity:
The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) are hosting a series of online listening sessions to gather feedback and ideas from the public regarding the equity components of the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC).

The workshops are conversational by design and will focus on gathering input for meaningful opportunities to address racial inequities regarding access to, tenure on, and ownership of agricultural land. Please join us for these important conversations and invite others who might be interested.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates
- ​​​​​Draft Guidelines released for comment - February 19​, 2021
- Public comment closed – March 23​, 2021, 12 PM
- Guidelines adopted – April 29, 2021

Round 7 Planning Grants (proposed dates, subject to change)
- Pre-Proposals due – July 1, 2021
- Applications due – September 10, 2021​
- Awards announced – December 2021

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. For more information, see https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/Documents/FY20-21%20SALCP%20Guidelines_Public_Comment_Draft.pdf#page=38.

Round 7 Draft Grant Agreement (Planning grants): https://filerequest.conservation.ca.gov/RequestFile/2825954
Round 7 Guidelines (Edits Tracked)​​​: https://filerequest.conservation.ca.gov/RequestFile/2825972

Workshop PowerPoint presentation: https://filerequest.conservation.ca.gov/RequestFile/2826132

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 (salcp@conservation.ca.gov).

Department of Conservation
Division of Land Resource Protection
Virginia Jameson, Program Manager
salcp@conservation.ca.gov
(916)324-0850

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