California Farmland Conservancy Program


​​The 2021 California Farmland Conservancy ​Guidelines and Solicitation Package (PDF) ​are now posted
See additional links below.

Pre-proposal/Application Workshop (online)
Wednesday April 28, 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.​​​

This workshop was intended for those interested in submitting a pre-proposal and application to the program. Please email us at if you would like a copy of the presentation.

Critical Date​s (proposed, subject to change)

  • Draft Solicitation released for comment: January 13, 2021
  • Public comment period closed: February 12, 2021
  • Solicitation released: April 5, 2021 
  • ​​Pre-proposals due: May 14, 2021
  • Applications due: October 11​​, 2021
  • Awards announced: December 2021
  • Grant agreements returned from awardees: March 2022

Application Materials

Funding Source(s) and Dollars Available:
This round of the program will be funded by the Safe Neighborhoods, Clean Water, Clean Air, and Coastal Protection Act of 2000 (Proposition 12), California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act of 2002 (Proposition 40), and California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68). About $6.5​​ million in funding is expected to be available. 

Eligible Project Type(s):

  • Agricultural Conservation Easements: Grants to protect agricultural lands under threat of conversion to nonagricultural uses through the acquisition of voluntary, permanent agricultural conservation easements.
  • NEW! ​​​​Land Improvement Grants: Grants for the improvement of lands protected by existing CFCP agricultural conservation easements, or of lands protected by other qualified conservation easement programs, if the improvement will directly benefit lands protected by CFCP easements.

Eligible Applicants:

CFCP may award grants to local governments and private nonprofit (501(c)3) organizations which have the conservation of agricultural lands among their defined purposes.

  • Government organizations
    Eligible governmental organizations include cities, counties, resource conservation districts, and regional park or open-space districts or regional park or open-space authorities that have the conservation of farmland among their stated purposes.
  • Nonprofits
    To be eligible to apply for CFCP funds, nonprofit organizations must hold a tax exemption as defined under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and further qualify under Internal Revenue Code Sections 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) or 170(h)(3) (Public Resources Code Section 10221)

Overview of the California Farmland Conservancy Program

The California Farmland Conservancy Program (CFCP) is a statewide grant program that supports local efforts to establish agricultural conservation easements and land improvement projects for the purpose of preserving important agricultural land resources and enhancing sustainable agricultural uses.
CFCP was created by the California Farmland Conservancy Program Act of 1995 to:
  • Encourage voluntary, long-term private stewardship of agricultural lands
  • Protect farming and ranching operations in agricultural areas from nonfarm or nonranch land uses that may hinder or curtail such operations
  • Encourage long-term conservation of productive agricultural lands in order to protect the agricultural economy of rural communities, as well as that of the state, for future generations of Californians
  • Encourage local land use planning for orderly and efficient urban growth and conservation of agricultural land
  • Encourage local land use planning decisions that are consistent with the state's agricultural land conservation policies
  • Encourage improvements to enhance long-term sustainable agricultural uses
Since its inception, CFCP has completed more than 184 agricultural conservation easements on 59,498 acres of s​trategically important farmland.  Funding has come from a variety of sources, including the General Fund,​ the Environmental License Plate Fund, the Soil Conservation Fund, and proceeds from ​Propositions 12, 40, and 84. For every dollar spent by CFCP on easements, match funding has generated another $1.04 for agricultural land protection.

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