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Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program - Planning Grant

Grants to California Agencies 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 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.

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; 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.

For information about Priority Populations and Priority Population Benefits, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152895

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: 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, 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:

Sustainable Agricultural Planning Grants Technical Assistance Webinar
Thursday, May 7, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.​
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to by May 6 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, funding requirements, selection criteria, and application requirements. Planning grant applicants are not required to submit pre-proposals; however, it is strongly encouraged.

Pre-Application Information:

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
- Planning Pre-proposal due: July 1, 2020
- Determination of available funding: September 2020
- Full Applications due: August 28, 2020
- Project Awards: December 2020

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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

Pre-proposals and applications should be submitted to

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