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Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program - Acquisition Grant

Grants to California Agencies, Nonprofits,
and Tribes for Land Preservation Efforts

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

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08/28/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to California government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and tribes for preservation initiatives. 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.

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.

Agricultural conservation acquisition grants will be provided to fund the purchase of conservation easements or fee title to agricultural land. Agricultural intensification restrictions on non-cultivated land are permitted if each of the following conditions are met:

  • The restriction is consistent with the property’s continuing agricultural use, and
  • Agricultural use of the property is not substantially impaired.

For examples of eligible projects and a full list of eligible expenses, see pages 15-17 in the Grant Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

For information about Priority Populations and Priority Population Benefits, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152896

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no maximum award for Acquisition grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Cities, counties, nonprofit organizations, resource conservation districts, regional park or open-space districts, regional park or open-space authorities, and California Native American tribes, as identified in Civil Code Section 815.3, are eligible to apply for funding.

An application can be submitted by either (1) a single applicant where the applicant is the intended easement holder or intended conservation buyer or (2) multiple entities that are collaborating on the acquisition, one of which must be identified as the intended easement holder or intended conservation buyer. The easement holder/conservation buyer must have the conservation of agriculture, rangeland, or farmland among their stated purposes, as is prescribed by statute, or as expressed in the entity's adopted policies. The applicant and co-applicant cannot already have an interest in the property.

Nonprofit applicants that intend to be the easement or fee title holder of the acquired property must be accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission or have adopted equivalent or greater policies regarding conflict
of interest, amendments, monitoring, stewardship endowments, and enforcement, as relevant, prior to submission of an application. Those that haven’t must apply with either a co-applicant that has such policies in place or
a government entity.

Nonprofit organizations must hold a tax exemption as defined under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and further qualify under Internal Revenue Code Sections 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) or 170(h)(3).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Agricultural Acquisition Grants Technical Assistance Webinar
Thursday, April 2, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to​ by April 1 with the number of people attending, the number of call-in lines you expect to use, and the number of pre-proposals you anticipate submitting this round, if any.

The webinar will cover multiple topics, including eligible project types, eligible applicants, match requirements, risk options, and tips to completing your pre-proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

Acquisition Grants
- Pre-Proposals due May 29, 2020
- Applications due August 28, 2020​

Pre-proposals and applications must be received electronically by 11:59 p.m. on the deadlines specified in the most current solicitation.

Critical Dates for Round 6 (proposed, subject to change)
- Draft Guidelines released for comment: December 20, 2019
- Public comment closed: January 27, 2020 12 p.m.
- Guidelines adopted: February 25, 2020
- Acquisition Pre-proposal due: April 30, 2020
- Determination of available funding: September 2020
- Full Applications due: August 28, 2020
- Project Awards: December 2020

Application Information:

For information on match requirements and information on Pre-Proposals, see

Contact Information:

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

SALC staff are available to provide technical assistance and answer any questions you may have via phone: (916) 324-0850 or email:

Contact for Questions
Department of Conservation
Division of Land Resource Protection
Virginia Jameson, Program Manager
(916) 324-0868

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