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

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SALC Round 10 Guidelines Update

February 2024 -- The SALC team has set the timeline for the Program's Round 10 Guidelines. Dates are noted below, look for updates and workshop announcements coming your way in June. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the SALC team at salcp@conservation.ca.gov with any questions or to discuss potential projects. 

SALC Round 10 Key dates (subject to change)

  • July 24, 2024 -- Draft Guidelines released for comment
  • August 24, 2024 -- Public comment closed
  • October 31, 2024 --​ Guidelines adoption
  • January 31, 2025 -- Acquisition and Planning Pre-proposals due
  • July 3, 2025 --​ Applications due (all grant types)
  • October 2025 -- Project Awards​

SALC Round 9 Guidelines 
Follow this link to view SALC Round 9 Final Guidelines and Solicitation packages

About SALC​
The SALC Program supports agricultural land conservation, economic growth, and sustainable development by providing grants for three types of projects:

  • Land Use Planning grants that support the development of local and regional land use policies and economic development strategies to protect critical agricultural land
  • Agricultural Conservation Acquisition grants to permanently protect croplands, rangelands, and lands utilized for the cultivation of traditional resources from conversion to non-agricultural uses.​
  • Capacity and Project Development grants to expand organizational capacity to develop agricultural conservation acquisition projects.​

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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