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and Tribes for Capacity-Building Activities

Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program - Agricultural Conservation Capacity and Project Development Grants

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

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Deadline Date:

08/08/22 11:59 PM


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes for capacity-building activities. Funding is intended for technical assistance in preparing and submitting conservation acquisition applications. Grant funds may also be used to supplement the cost of acquisition where funding has been acquired from another source.

CARB encourages programs that utilize California Climate Investments dollars to provide program-specific technical assistance to potential applicants in order to assist them in developing projects and preparing and submitting applications. Additional investments are needed to help stakeholders develop and complete projects at the pace and scale required to meet the State’s goal of conserving thirty percent of California’s land by 2030. 

Capacity grants will be awarded as follows:

  • Tier 1: Grants are available to applicants to build organizational and financial capacity to develop agricultural conservation acquisition projects. These grants are available to applicants for which this would be their first capacity grant with the Department or who have 0 - 2 paid staff.
  • Tier 2: Grants are available to applicants to expand existing organizational capacity to develop agricultural conservation acquisition projects to increase the pace and scale of their agricultural land conservation efforts. These grants are available to applicants who have 3 or more paid staff or have received a capacity grant from the Department previously, and who can demonstrate the organizational and fiscal capacity to complete the work outlined in their work plan.

Eligible Activities:

SALC capacity grants will be provided to: 1) build organizational and financial capacity to develop agricultural conservation acquisition projects, 2) assist eligible applicants in developing agricultural conservation easement and fee acquisition projects in preparation for submitting such projects for acquisition funding in future rounds, and 3) provide funds to cover associated costs to help close agricultural conservation acquisition projects where the cost of the acquisition is covered by an alternate source of funding.

Information on eligible costs can be found at:

To the extent that such activities are directly related to developing and completing agricultural conservation acquisition projects, applicants are encouraged to utilize funding to:

  • Collaborate and participate in knowledge sharing with partners
  • Engage diverse populations, particularly members of severely disadvantaged communities, socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and tribal communities, to increase awareness within those communities about specific programs and opportunities
  • Implement or expand the use of multilingual and culturally appropriate materials in communications and educational strategies related to the proposal.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203100

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Tier 1: Grants of up to $100,000
Tier 2: Grants of up to $250,000

Tier 1 applicants may request an increase in funding up to a total grant award of $250,000 during their grant term if they can demonstrate the organizational and fiscal capacity to administer additional funds within their remaining grant term.

Term of Contract:

Capacity grants will be awarded for an initial term of three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Cities, counties, non-profit organizations, resource conservation districts, regional park or open-space districts, regional park or open-space authorities, 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 for capacity funding.

Non-profit applicants 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.

Non-profit applicants 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:

June 7 - SALC Capacity and Program Development Grant Workshop (Online)
​​​​Tuesday June 7
​11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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Pre-Application Information:

Capacity applications due: August 8, 2022

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

SALC Guidelines:

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:

Department of Conservation
Division of Land Resource Protection
Keali’i Bright, Division Director

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California

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