2023 Natural Community Conservation Planning Local Assistance Grant Program and 30 X 30 Grant Program

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The Natural Community Conservation Planning Local Assistance Grant (NCCP LAG) Program and the 30x30 Grant Program are intended to assist local public and non-profit entities with the highest priority tasks needed to implement NCCPs, and for projects associated with the planning and implementation of NCCPs and/or Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs).




The California Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks proposals for highest priority projects associated with NCCP implementation and NCCP and/or HCP planning and implementation. The intention of this Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) is to solicit proposals of the highest quality that are consistent with the goals of the NCCP LAG and 30x30 Grant Programs. To help achieve this intention, the PSP provides guidance on Applicant eligibility, the grant process and deadlines, and application and submission procedures.

Proposals must address the highest priority tasks associated with the planning and implementation of an NCCP and/or HCP, such as:

Planning: Activities associated with the development or amendment of an NCCP and/or HCP. 

Management Activities: Immediate management actions on newly acquired NCCP and/or HCP reserve lands.

Restoration/Enhancement: Restoration or enhancement of habitats or species populations on NCCP and/or HCP reserve lands.

Monitoring: Design and implementation of biological monitoring programs identified in an NCCP, including the establishment of sampling methods, monitoring plots, data collection, management, and analysis.

Reserve Management Plans: Development and implementation of individual reserve management plans.

Mapping: New or updated mapping in support of NCCP and/or HCP management or monitoring activities, such as vegetation community mapping.

Targeted Studies for Adaptive Management: Studies to evaluate management actions for covered habitats or species, and whether such actions are meeting stated goals or require adjustments through adaptive management.

Other: Other non-land acquisition priority tasks, identified by the applicant and implementing partners, which are needed to ensure effective implementation of the NCCP and/or HCP.

Land Acquisition: Acquisition of land by fee title or conservation easement that is an essential part of an NCCP and/or HCP reserve system and acceptable to CDFW. Land acquisition proposals have a separate application and process. Please ensure you are using the correct template. Proposals using the incorrect template will be ineligible for consideration in this initial solicitation cycle.


Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible applicants include Implementing Entities (IEs) that are implementing a CDFW-approved NCCP and/or an HCP, and public agencies, tribes, and non-profit organizations that have an interest in assisting with the execution of Eligible Projects.

Planning and Implementation projects submitted by Implementing Entities, or entities that will be responsible for implementing the plan(s), once permitted, will score additional points during evaluation.

Eligible Geographies:

Proposals must address the highest priority tasks associated with the implementation of approved NCCPs and/or HCPs in California. Projects may occur on state or federal lands.

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.
September 29th, 2023
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

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.
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:

Up to $29,076,000.00:

NCCP LAG Program funding varies from year to year, with recent funding of $576,000 per year. However, this year up to $28.5 million in additional funding will be available through the 30x30 Grant Program for projects associated with the planning and implementation of NCCPs and/or HCPs. Both the NCCP LAG Program and 30x30 Grant Program funding are dependent on the availability of State funds and approval of the Budget Act.

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:

For Planning and Implementation grants: The grantee sends invoices to CDFW.

Land Acquisition: CDFW plans to partner with the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) through an interagency agreement to administer 30x30 Grant Program awards for Land Acquisition projects.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Sara Kern, 1-916-531-4465, NCCP@wildlife.ca.gov