Climate Smart Land Management Program

​​​​​​Fall 2023 Guidelines  ​

The draft Fall 2023 Climate Smart Land Management Program (Round 2) guidelines are available for public comment until December 4. Please submit any comments or suggestions you have to 

The Round 2 guidelines are similar to Round 1. We have added some clarifying language to the goals and application questions. Any input you have to help improve the program is appreciated. 

​Climate Smart Land Management​ Program Fall 2023 Draft Guidelines

Tentative Fall 2023 Guidelines Schedule*

December 4, 2023 - Public comments due

December, 2023 - Final guidelines released

February, 2024 - Applications due​

*These dates are subject to change. ​

Round 1 Announcements

​​We are pleased to announce $8.5 million in grants to six organizations to build regional and state capacity to increase climate resilience on the state's natural and working lands. The goal is to build a resilient, equitable and carbon-neutral future. These grants fund organizations using nature-based solutions to meet the goals of the State's Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy and support Pathways to 30x30​, the action plan to conserving 30% of California's lands and coastal waters by 2030.

Read Full Press Release​​​​​

Awarded Project List​


The Department of Conservation (DOC) is pleased to announce the release of the 2023 Climate Smart Land Management Program Guidelines​ (PDF)​​. ​

CSLMP Guidelines Appendix A, Application Template (MS Word)

Critical Dates

August 2023 - Awards Announced

Sept/Oct 2023 - Grant Agreements Developed

March 2027 - Grant period ends ​

​About the Program

This Climate Smart Land Management Program​ is funded by the Budget Act of 2022 (AB 179, Ch. 249, Stat. 2022), which appropriated $10 million to the Department for grants to implement projects or develop plans that increase climate action on California's natural and working lands and are consistent with the State's Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy. The Climate Smart Land Management - Capacity and Technical Assistance Program seeks to increase the capacity of state partners to support accomplishment of goals identified in the State's Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy (NWLCSS).​