California Department of Conservation Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SNE)
Date: May 22, 2018
Time: All Day
Contact: Vanity Campbell
Sponsor: Contracts and Grants
Funding Opportunity Number: Not applicable
Funding Organization's Deadline: Monday, May, 22 2018 at 5:00 PM PT (Due date for required pre-proposals)
ANR Priority Area(s): SNE
Funding Available($): Project funding level not specified for Easement grants; 250,000 for Individual Strategy grants
Description: The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC Program), a component of the Strategic Growth Council’s (Council’s) Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program, supports the State’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals by making strategic investments to protect agricultural lands from conversion to more GHG-intensive uses. Protecting critical agricultural lands from conversion to urban or rural residential development promotes smart growth within existing jurisdictions, ensures open space remains available, and supports a healthy agricultural economy and resulting food security. A healthy and resilient agricultural sector is becoming increasingly important in meeting the challenges occurring and anticipated as a result of climate change.
Request for Grant Applications will include:
1. Agricultural Conservation Easements (Easements) – Grants to protect important agricultural lands under threat of conversion through the acquisition of voluntary, permanent agricultural conservation easements (easements).
Applications for easements on cultivated and non-cultivated agricultural land (including rangeland and pasture) will be considered for funding under this program. Each project should provide opportunities for GHG reductions and co-benefits that complement Sustainable Community efforts.
The grantee will be required to cover a minimum twenty-five percent (25%) of the fair market value of the easement acquisition, either through landowner donation or other match funding sources
2. Agricultural Land Conservation Strategies and Outcomes (Strategies) – Grants to design and implement a local or regional agricultural land conservation strategy that reduces GHG emissions through the long-term protection of agricultural lands under threat of conversion.
For this grant type, counties and/or cities are eligible to apply as the lead applicant(s) in collaboration with other partners (e.g., agricultural organizations, land trusts, open space districts). UC ANR is not eligible as a lead applicant.
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