Agricultural Conservation Acquisition Grants

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Closed (53 total applications submitted)
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Protect agricultural lands to support infill & compact development and to further the purposes of AB 32 by avoiding increases in the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the conversion of agricultural land to non-agricultural uses.


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.













Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Geographies:

State of California

Matching Funding Requirement:

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

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
December 2020
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
2 years

Funding Details

Expected number of awards 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.
Estimated amount per award 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.
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
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.

Funding Source Notes:

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund

Funding Method: 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).

Funding Method Notes:

Easement Acquisition Costs

How to Apply

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