Working Lands and Riparian Corridors Program


Program Guidelines and Solicitations

The Department of Conservation (DOC) will distribute Proposition 68 funds via multiple solicitations. The DOC has released the draft Proposition 68 Working Lands and Riparian Corridors Program Guidelines and first two solicitations - land trust capacity & project development grant solicitation, and local & regional planning grant solicitation - for public comment.

Land Trust Capacity and Project Development Grants

The Department of Conservation has $950,000 available for land trust capacity and project development grants that will build land trust and other agricultural non-profit capacity to initiate and conduct agricultural land conservation activities.  Capacity grants must achieve the following objectives:

  • Increase the pace and scale of agricultural land conservation throughout the state
  • Support climate adaptation and resilience via agricultural land conservation

Eligible projects will build organizational capacity to initiate and conduct agricultural land conservation activities. 

Local and Regional Planning Grants

The Department of Conservation has $950,000 available for local and regional planning grants to support the integration of natural and working lands, specifically agricultural lands, into local and regional planning documents. Eligible planning grants will support the development of at least one of the following:

  1. Climate Action Plan, Natural and Working Lands Component
  2. Sustainable Communities Strategy, Natural and Working Lands Component
  3. General Plan, Agricultural Element or Component 
  4. Specific Plan, Agricultural Conservation Priority Plan
  5. TerraCount Adoption

(TerraCount is a scenario planning tool developed by the Department of Conservation and the Nature Conservancy for use by cities, counties, districts, and other land use planners and decision-makers.)


Public Comments

Comments on the draft guidelines and solicitations are due by close of business on May 20, 2019.

Comments may be submitted via email:
or mail:
California Department of Conservation,
Division of Land Resource Protection
          801 K Street, MS 14-15
          Sacramento, CA 95814

The Department will  hold at least three public meetings to consider comments prior to finalizing the guidelines. Dates, times, and locations of the public meetings will be announced shortly.

Important Dates

  • Final day to submit public comment: May 20, 2019
  • Guidelines adopted: May 31, 2019
  • Applications due: July 31, 2019

Consultation

For projects funded pursuant to Proposition 68, the services of the California Conservation Corps or a local conservation corps certified by the California Conservation Corps shall be used whenever feasible. Please use this form to begin the consultation process.