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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​$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.

KEY DEADLINES

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.

Contacts

For application inquiries:
Tim Bryant
(209) 742-6191
Timothy.Bryant@conservation.ca.gov

To establish a Box.Com account:
almp@conservation.ca.gov