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

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The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC) opened its eighth funding round with the California Strategic Growth Council’s (SGC) approval of updated program guidelines.

April 28, 2022 The California Strategic Growth Council approved the Guidelines at its April 28th meeting. SALC invites applications for projects that protect agricultural land and reduce greenhouse gases. Funding is available to cities, counties, Native American tribes, land trusts, and other governmental and non-profit entities. Read the full announcement here.​

About the Program: 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.​

SALC Guidelines and Documents
Follow this link to view SALC Round 8 Guidelines and documents.​
FY 2021-22 (Round 8) SALC Dates and Deadlines (subject to change):

  • Draft Guidelines available for public comment: February 22, 2022
  • Public comment workshops: February/March 2022
  • Public comment closes: March 25, 2022
  • Guidelines approved/released: April 28, 2022 SGC meeting​
  • Acquisition pre-proposals due: June 15, 2022
  • Planning pre-proposals due: July 1, 2022
  • Capacity applications due: August 8, 2022
  • Acquisition and Planning applications due: September 9, 2022
    NOTE: please submit all applications to salcp@conservation.ca.gov

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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