Grants to California government agencies, nonprofit organizations, conservation districts, and tribes for initiatives to preserve agricultural lands. Applicants are required to submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support land acquisition in order to protect important agricultural lands under threat of conversion to non-agricultural uses.
Under the Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Third Investment Plan and Executive Order N-82-20, California aims to invest California Climate Investment dollars in the conservation of working lands in order to facilitate net climate benefits and long term carbon sequestration in the land base. Preventing the conversion of agricultural land to residential or rural residential development avoids vehicle miles traveled and related greenhouse gas emissions.
Not more than twenty five percent (25%) of available funding is available for fee acquisition projects. Funds not awarded for fee title acquisition projects may be awarded to fund easement acquisitions or planning grants.
SALC will aim to award 20% of available funding for acquisition grants to fund projects that:
SALC will aim to award 5% of available funding for acquisition grants where a a farmer or rancher who is a member of a Federally recognized or non-federally recognized California Native American tribe on the contact list maintained by the Native American Heritage Commissionor a tribal non-profit with 501(c)3 status is either the applicant or a co-applicant on the project.
Agricultural conservation acquisition grants will be provided to fund the purchase of conservation easements or fee title to agricultural land, including where an easement or fee purchase is part of a buy/protect/sell strategy to conserve the land. For purposes of this program agricultural land includes both cultivated and non-cultivated lands that support an agricultural use, including gathering and activities that promote healthy trees, shrubs, and perennial forbs for the cultivation of traditional foods, herbal medicine, fibers (such as basketry material), and dyes so long as such activities are led by or conducted in partnership with an eligible California Native American tribe or members thereof.
Agricultural intensification restrictions on non-cultivated land are permitted if each of the following conditions is met:
For details about this funding stream, see Section 3: https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/grant-programs/SALCP/Documents/_SALC%20Round%208%20Final%20guidelines/FY21-22%20SALCP%20Guidelines.pdf#page=26
For examples of eligible projects and a list of eligible costs, see: https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/grant-programs/SALCP/Documents/_SALC%20Round%208%20Final%20guidelines/FY21-22%20SALCP%20Guidelines.pdf#page=28
Additional Geographic Information:APPENDIX H – Priority Populations-Important Farmland Map: https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/Documents/FY20-21%20SALCP%20Guidelines_Public_Comment_Draft.pdf#page=88
Estimated Size of Grant: