​​​​Agricultural Easement and Planning
Grant Programs

The Division of Land Resource Protection (DLRP) encourages the long-term stewardship of agricultural lands through the voluntary use of agricultural conservation easements and development of regional land conservation strategies. To that end, DLRP administers the following agricultural land conservation programs:

  • California Farmland Conservancy Program (CFCP): CFCP provides grant funding for easement and planning projects that support agricultural land conservation statewide.

  • Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALCP): SALCP provides grant funding to purchase agricultural conservation easements and develop regional agricultural land conservation strategies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide additional benefits to California communities. DLRP administers SALCP on behalf of the Strategic Growth Council (SGC).

  • Agricultural Land Mitigation Program (ALMP): ALMP provides grant funding to purchase agricultural conservation easements to offset farmland loss associated with the California High-Speed Rail alignment in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Santa Clara, and Tulare Counties. The program seeks to protect land comparable to that taken out of production for the High-Speed Rail system.

Each program has its own Request for Grant Applications and funding requirements. Please visit the applicable program link for detailed guidelines on eligibility, application instructions, and review processes. 

Latest News

  • $1.3 million in funding is available for easement acquisition grant funding under CFCP in 2018. These residual bond funds are now available under the 2018 CFCP Request for Grant Application. CFCP grant applications are due September 1, 2018. Click here​ to apply!

  • Approximately $41 million​ is now available under SALCP for agricultural conservation easement and regional land conservation strategy grants. The final dollar amount will be determined after the fourth cap-and-trade auction. Full applications for easement and strategy grants are due August 1, 2018. Click here to apply!


About A​​​gricultural Land Conservation

Visit our Overvie​w of Agricultural Conservation Easements page and our  Frequently Asked Questions page for general information about agricultural conservation easements.

For general information regarding farmland mitigation, visit our Farmland Mitigation page.​



Contact Information

For more information about agricultural land conservation programs administered by DLRP:

Phone: (916) 324-0850
CFCP Email: cfcp@conservation.ca.gov
SALCP Email: salcp@conservation.ca.gov​
ALMP Email: ALMP@conservation.ca.gov

To locate a California land trust click here​​.

American Farmland Trust  |  Land Trust Alliance  |  CA Farm Bureau  | CA Council of Land Trusts
CA Coastal Conservancy  |  Wildlife Conservation Board  |  Great Valley Center  |  USDA Easement Programs

Agricultural Easement and Planning Grant Programs