July 22, 2022 - The Department of Conservation (DOC) is pleased to announce the release of the 2022 Regional Forest and Fire Capacity (RFFC) Program Final Grant Guidelines. The grants funded with these Guidelines utilize the $110 million of General Fund monies appropriated to the DOC for the RFFC Program.
October 17, 2022 – The Department of Conservation’s 2022 California Farmland Conservancy Program Guidelines and Solicitation is now available. The California Farmland Conservancy Program (CFCP) is a statewide grant program that supports local efforts to establish agricultural conservation easements and land improvement projects for the purpose of preserving important agricultural land resources and enhancing sustainable agricultural uses. The 2022 CFCP Solicitation includes legislative changes that will take effect January 1, 2023, per Assembly Bill 2964. Preproposals were due November 25, 2022.
September 6, 2022 - The Department of Conservation's Solicitation Notice and Application for: Riparian Corridor Restoration Grants is now available. These grants provide funds specifically to resource conservation districts to restore or enhance riparian corridors on agricultural lands. Agricultural landowners may be willing to integrate ecosystem projects and protections in their operations but may lack the capital and/or expertise to implement these practices. The Department collaborates with resource conservation districts, landowners, and other stakeholders to plan and implement projects that support long-term sustainable management of riparian corridors on California's farms and ranches. Applications were due November 18, 2022.
December 15, 2022 --Today the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) approved over $74 million in grants to protect 54,000 acres of agricultural lands at risk of development. The investments are part of Round 8 of the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC), a state program protecting agricultural lands, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and strengthening primarily rural economies.
May 25, 2022 - The California Department of Conservation today announced the award of more than $40 million to regional organizations working to reduce groundwater reliance and create local environmental and economic opportunities through land-use changes. These organizations, which operate in five important agricultural counties, are the first recipients of funding from the Multibenefit Land Repurposing Program, part of Governor Newsom’s multi-faceted response to the ongoing drought. The Department also awarded $2 million to Self-Help Enterprises to support community engagement and collaboration statewide.
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Riparian Corridor Restoration and Conservation Program
February 2022 - $3.9 million was awarded to riparian restoration planning and implementation projects on agricultural lands in Lassen, Fresno, Kings, Ventura, Trinity, San Luis Obispo, and Contra Costa counties. Each grant went to a locally focused Resource Conservation District (RCD).
December 8, 2021 -- Director Shabazian approved more than $4.7 Million in grants for the Department of Conservation’s California Farmland Conservancy Program (CFCP). Awarded grants will permanently protect approximately 2200 acres through five conservation easements covering five counties from Siskiyou to Monterey. Funding was also awarded for a land improvement project in Siskiyou County. This round of the program was funded by the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68).
November 16, 2021--The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) approved more than $65 million to fund 19 agricultural easements and three planning grants. The land acquisition projects comprise approximately 27,000 acres in 15 counties across the state. View a list of awarded projects.
Sustainable Groundwater Management Watershed Coordinator Grant Program
January 2021-- The division is pleased to announce five awards totaling $1.7 million for watershed coordinators that will build broad coalitions of government, stakeholders, and communities to develop plans and projects to improve watershed health and meet California's groundwater sustainability goals.
January 2021-- Seventeen responsive applications were received, scored, and ranked. Eight projects were selected for grant awards.
December 2020-- The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) approved more than $52 million to fund 20 agricultural easements, the fee purchase of two parcels and the funding of 10 planning grants. The land acquisition projects comprise approximately 16,853 acres in 19 counties. View a list of awarded projects.
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November 2020-- $2 million was awarded to fund watershed restoration and conservation projects on agricultural lands in Marin, Sonoma, Kings and Ventura counties. Each grant went to a locally focused Resource Conservation District (RCD).
July 2020-- We received 12 applications for funding from RCDs throughout the state, requesting a total of $263,835. The $135,000 available was awarded to seven applicants.