2023-24 (Round 10) Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC) Land Use Planning Grants

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  • Grant
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To protect critical agricultural lands, to support infill & compact development, and to avoid increases in the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the conversion of agricultural land to non-agricultural uses. Planning grants support the development of local and regional land use policies and economic development strategies to protect these agricultural lands.

Note: pre-proposals are required, deadline for submittal is January 31, 2025.


The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program supports the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals by making strategic investments to protect agricultural lands. Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Planning Grants support the development and implementation of 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.  

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible Applicants, Land Use Planning grants:CitiesCountiesCalifornia Native American TribesCouncils of GovernmentGroundwater Sustainability AgenciesLAFCOsRegional Transportation Planning AgenciesSpecial Districts with land use or transportation authorityRCDs, special districts, academic institutions, land trusts and other ag non-profit organizations may apply if they partner with an entity listed above. See Guidelines for more details.

Eligible Geographies:

State of California

Matching Funding Requirement:

Awarded projects can now receive up to 100%funding for eligible Planning grant projects found to benefit priority populations. See the guidelines for more details.

Important Dates

The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
October 2025
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
2 years
Anticipated Open Date
October 31, 2024

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
See Notes Below
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.

Available Funding Notes:

Funding availability is dependent on auction revenues from the Cap-and-Trade Program's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF).

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 2023-24 will not be determined until after the fourth auction, which ends in May 2024.

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).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Grants will reimburse grantees and participating stakeholders for allproject-related eligible direct costs, including staff salaries and other direct costsincurred during the grant performance period. All eligible costs must besupported by appropriate documentation. Costs incurred outside of theperformance period, indirect/overhead costs, travel, food or beverages, andcosts for CEQA document preparation are not eligible for reimbursement.

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