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

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Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC) Final Guidelines and Solicitation Package Now Available. Pre-proposal and Application Workshops Announced. 

April 26, 2023 - The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) today announced the release of funding for Round 9 of the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program, a state grant program addressing climate change by conserving California farmlands and encouraging compact transit-oriented communities. 

Read the full press release here.

Acquisition Grant Pre-proposal Workshop (Online)

​​Pre-proposals are required and this workshop will help you prepare yours.
May 9, 2023

Planning Pre-proposal Workshop (Online)

Program overview and pre-proposal process.
May 22, 2023
Presentation Slides

Capacity Grant Application Workshop (Online)

Application process for Capacity and Project Development Grants.
May 23, 2023
Presentation Slides

​​FY 2022-23 (Round 9) SALC Dates and Deadlines
(subject to change):

  • Draft Guidelines available for public comment: February 10, 2023
  • Public comment workshops: March 2023
  • Public comment closes: March 17, 2023
  • Guidelines approved/released: April 26, 2023 SGC meeting​
  • Acquisition pre-proposals due: June 16, 2023
  • Planning pre-proposals due: June 30, 2023
  • Capacity applications due: July 21, 2023
  • Acquisition and Planning applications due: September 8, 2023

​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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