​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC)

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​​​​​Upcoming Opportunities for Public Participation​​​

L​istening Sessions: Advancing Racial Equity, ​April 20 & 28​​​​

The ​ California Strategic Growth Council​ (SGC) and DOC are hosting a series of online listening sessions to gather feedback and ideas from the public regarding the equity components of the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program. 

​Listening Session #1: Tuesday, ​April 20, 2021 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Register for Se​ssion #1​

Listening Session #2: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.​
(Simultaneaous Spanish interpretation provided)

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Register for Session #2

​​The workshops are conversational by design and will focus on gathering input for meaningful opportunities to address racial inequities regarding access to, tenure on, and ownership of agricultural land. Please join us for these important conversations and invite others who might be interested.
Background: In August of 2020, SGC announced the adoption of its landmark Racial E​quity Resolution. Racial Equity is central to SGC’s mission and SALC seeks to align w​ith and advance the resolution and the Council’s Racial Equity Action Plan​.
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​Pre-proposal Workshop (Round 7 Acquisition Grants)
Interested in submitting a pre-proposal to the program? Join us for this online workshop to learn more about the pre-proposal and application process. Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines and the pre-proposal & application requirements in advance of the meeting.
Online workshop
May 4, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

​Current Program Guidelines and Application Materials ​ ​

​​​​​​​2020-2021 Round 7 Grant ​Guidelines & Applications​

Guidelines were released on February 19, 2021;  public comment period closed March 23, 2021.Questions? Contact the SALC team at salcp@conservation.ca.gov.​​​

​Associated documents:


​​​Public comment workshops were held on March 3 and 9, PowerPoint materials are linked below
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Key Dates​
  • April 29, 2021: Strategic Growth Council meeting​ to consider approval of Round 7 Guidelines
  • June 1, 2021: Pre-proposals due (acquisition grants) 
  • July 1, 2021: Pre-proposals due (planning grants)
  • September 10, 2021: Full applications due (planning and acquisition grants)
  • December 2021: Awards announced

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About SALC​

The California Strategic Growth Council’s (SGC) SALC Program is a component of SGC’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program​ (AHSC). ​SALC complements investments made in urban areas with the purchase of agricultural conservation easements, development of agricultural land strategy plans, and other mechanisms that result in GHG reductions and a more resilient agricultural sector.

The program invests in agricultural land conservation with revenue from the California Climat​e ​Inv​estments (CCI) Fund​, made available for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing additional benefits to California communities. CCI is derived from quarterly cap-and-trade auction proceeds, which are administered by the California Air Resources Board. 

The Department of Conservation works in cooperation with the Natural Resources Agency and the SGC to implement the program. ​
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Please see the SGC website for more information about the AHSC Program​

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​About California Climate Investments

SALC is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. For more information, visit California Climate Investments.

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