$7.5 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR
FARMLAND CONSERVATION EASEMENTS
The Department recently closed Round I of this grant program, awarding approximately $11.5 million to applicants to conserve approximately 1200 acres. We are currently accepting applications for Round II to award approximately $7.5 million in grant funding to further protect farmland. The program will cover the cost of the stewardship endowment and match funding is not required. Click here to view the Request for Grant Applications. Interested landowners should contact the
California Council of Land Trusts at (916) 497-0272 to connect with a land trust to begin the application process. Department staff is available for questions and assistance.
WHY SHOULD I PUT MY FARMLAND UNDER A CONSERVATION EASEMENT?
- To protect your farm from development.
- To receive significant tax breaks.
- To leave a legacy for your family for generations.
- To pay off debt, build retirement income, or take advantage of an investment opportunity.
- To contribute to the nation’s long-term food security.
Round I Applications: February 15, 2017 - CLOSED
Round II Applications: May 22, 2017 - OPEN
The Department is seeking properties with important farmland, including prime farmland, farmland of statewide importance, unique farmland, and farmland of local importance located within the following counties: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Santa Clara, and Tulare. Visit the
Important Farmland Finder to see if your land meets these requirements.
To learn how applications will be scored, please review the
Eligibility Criteria and the
Selection Criteria. Click here to view the Request for Grant Applications.
If you are located in Madera or Merced, please contact the
Central Valley Farmland Trust at (916) 687-3178 for special application requirements.