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

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Announcements and Upcoming Opportunities for Public Participation​​​


​SALC Round 7 Guidelines Adopted by the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) 

The SALC Round 7 application period is now closed.  Applications were accepted from cities, counties, Native American tribes, land trusts, and other governmental and non-profit entities for projects that protect agricultural land and reduce greenhouse gases. 

Visit our Application Information page to learn more.

The Strategic Growth Council approved the Round 7 SALC Guidelines ​at its April 29 meeting. Read the​ press​ release here.​

Key Dates for SALC Round 7

  • June 1, 2021: Pre-proposals due (acquisition grants) 
    Note: pre-proposals are required for all acquisition applicants.
  • July 1, 2021: Pre-proposals due (planning grants)
  • September 10, 2021: Full applications due (planning and acquisition gr​​ants)
    Note: only applicants that submitted pre-proposals, and were deemed eligible, may submit an acquisition grant application.
  • November 2021: Awards announced​

​​Past Events

Listening Session #3: Continuing the Conversation, May 26, 2021

The California Strategic Growth Growth Council and the Department of Conservation (DOC) hosted a series of online listening sessions to gather feedback and ideas from the public regarding the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC)​. The workshops were conversational by design with breakout groups, and brainstorming sessions. 

The first two sessions were focused on equity. This third session was focused on gathering general feedback for improvements to the SALC program. ​Notes from the events will be posted once finalized.

Pre-proposal Workshop (Round 7 Acquisition Grants), May 4, 2021

​This online workshop was focused on the pre-proposal and application process. For more information about the program and pre-proposal process, review the guidelines and the pre-proposal & application​ requirements.

Reach out to salcp@conservation.ca.gov with any additional questions. ​

Listening Sessions: Advancing Racial Equity, April 20 & 28

The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) and DOC hosted 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. Notes from the events will be posted once finalized.

Background: In August of 2020, SGC announced the adoption of its landmark Racial Equity Resolution. Racial Equity is central to SGC’s mission and SALC seeks to align with and advance the resolution and the Council’s Racial Equity Action Plan.

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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. ​
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 mo​re information, visit California Climate Investments.

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