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​Background Documents​



The Strategic Growth Council approved funding totaling $37.4 million for twenty-one FY2015-16 SALC Program projects on August 9th, 2016.

Thank you to all of those who applied. SALC Program staff will now work to enter into grant agreements with the various grantees as the next step toward placing conservation easements on project sites and implementing the strategy and outcome project. For further information on this year's funded projects and press release, please visit the 2015-16 Projects page.

Stakeholders interested in provided feedback on the SALC Program Guidelines and application process for FY2016-17 should stay tuned for news on upcoming lessons learned workshops in August and September. We welcome any and all feedback.​


​FY 2015-16 Application Forms and Background Documents​

The FY 2015-16 Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC Program), grant application forms, and supporting materials are posted below.  The FY 2015-16 Guidelines below serve as the Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) for two components of the SALC Program: Agricultural Land Strategy and Outcomes; and Agricultural Conservation Easements.  



Disadvantaged Communities (DAC) Status
A Disadvantaged Communities Benefits Checklist specific to the 2015-16 SALC Program Guidelines is available h​e​re​​.  Applicants claiming to provide a benefit to a disadvantaged community need to complete this Disadvantaged Communities Benefits Checklist. Please use ARB's DAC map of the top 25th percentile Disadvantaged Communities​ under SB 535, to determine whether the proposed project lies within a DAC. Also available via this link is ARB’s Half-Mile Zones around DACs and ZIP ​Codes containing DACs​. ​

Census tract data can also be used in table format. See the ‘SB 535 List of Disadvantaged Communities’ Excel spreadsheet on this page: 

Agricultural Land Strategy and Outcome Grants​

Sustainable Agricultural Land​ Strategy and Outcome Grants Application Form​​

Strategy and Outcome Grants Pre-proposal Worksheet
Signed Resolution from Governing Bodies--for projects linked to an ACE

Signed Resolution from Governing Bodies--for projects not linked to an ACE​​​


Agricultural Conservation Easements (ACEs)

Sustainable Agricultural Lands ACE Application Form​ (now correct​ed to year application due and stewardship footnote)

ACE Pre-propos​al Worksheet (now for 2015-16 Guideline projects)

ACE Sample Documents and Supporting Material
(most recently available documents)

Sample Landowner Letter of Support
Sample Neighboring Landowner Notification
Sample Newspaper Documentation of Public Notice
Sample Local Government Resolution of Support 
Conflict of Interest Requirements and Sample of Conflict of Interest Resolutions 
Grant Agreement Insurance Requirements 2014
SALC Program 2014-2015 Model Easement Template​ ​​​

The Overview and Preparation of Agricultural Conservation Easement Appraisals can be found on the CFCP web page under "About CFCP and Agricultural Easements."

Additional Information

Preparing Your 2015-16 SALC Program Application P​owerpoint​ (updated 3/10/16)


Please contact the SALC Program staff at (916) 324-0850 with your questions. ​


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