2021-22 Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC) Agricultural Conservation Acquisition Grants

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Permanently protect croplands, rangelands, and lands utilized for the cultivation of traditional resources from conversion to non-agricultural uses.​ Protecting these lands promotes smart growth within existing jurisdictions, ensures open space remains available, and supports healthy agricultural and tribal food systems, and resulting food security.

Please note: pre-proposals are required, deadline for submittal is June 15, 2022




The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC) supports the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals by making strategic investments to protect agricultural lands. Agricultural Conservation Acquisitions provide funding to leverage the protection of strategically located, highly productive, and critically threatened agricultural land, via the purchase of permanent agricultural conservation easements and fee title purchases.                        

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible Applicants: Agricultural Conservation Acquisition Grants

· Cities

· Counties

· California Native American Tribes

·  Nonprofit Organizations

· Resource Conservation Districts

· Regional Park or Open-Space Districts or Authorities

Eligible Geographies:

State of California

Matching Funding Requirement:

Must provide at least 25% of the easement value as match.

Applicants may apply for 100% funding for acquisition projects that: provide Priority Population benefits; that have tribe or tribal non-profit as applicant or co-applicant; or provide secure tenure to socially disadvantaged ranchers and farmers. Refer to the SALC Guidelines for more details. 

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
December 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
2 years

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

The actual funding level for fiscal year 2021-22 will not be determined until after the fourth auction, which ends in May 2022.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Other

Funding Method Notes:

Acquisition and Associated Costs

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Shanna Atherton-Bauer, 1-916-858-9724, shanna.atherton@conservation.ca.gov