$40 Million in Grants Available from the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program

The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC Program) is accepting applications for $40 million in grants to fund the purchase of agricultural conservation easements and agricultural land conservation strategies. The goal of the SALC Program is to avoid increases to greenhouse gas (GHG) emission associated with the conversion of agricultural land to urban and rural development. The 2015-16 SALC Program Guidelines serve as the Request for Grant Applications for two funding opportunities to strategically protect agricultural lands from sprawl development:

1) Agricultural Land Conservation Strategies and Outcomes – grants to cities and counties for agricultural land conservation strategies and outcomes.

2) Agricultural Conservation Easements – grants for agricultural conservation easements to permanently protect the lands of willing landowners.

A SALC Program informational webinar is scheduled for Thursday, March 10th from 11:00am – noon and will cover specific application components and eligibility criteria. To RSVP for this webinar, please email: cfcp@conservation.ca.gov.

The SALC Program Guidelines and additional information may be found at: http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/SALCP/Pages/SALCP_forms.aspx.

Funding Information

Agricultural Land Conservation Strategies and Outcomes Agricultural Conservation Easements
Eligible Applicants:  Counties and/or cities are eligible to apply as the lead applicant(s) in collaboration with other partners (e.g., Ag organizations, land trusts, open space districts). Cities, counties, nonprofit organizations, RCDs, regional park or open-space districts or regional park or open-space authorities.
Eligibility Project Types: Eligible Strategies and Outcomes will focus on achievable, action-oriented approaches to agricultural land conservation that result in long-term GHG reductions.  Agricultural Conservation Easements on cultivated and non-cultivated land (including rangeland and pasture).
Funding Available: Up to $2.5 million has been allocated to the program. Individual grants are limited up to $250,000 each with a 10% local match requirement. At least 5% of the requested grant amount must be a cash match. Up to $37.5 million with 10% – 25% local match requirement.
Loans or Grants: Grants Grants
Application Deadline: May 2, 2016 May 2, 2016