Announcement SGC Opens Round 6 of SALC Program


At its public meeting on February 25, the California Strategic Growth Council approved updated funding guidelines for the sixth round of SGC’s Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC). SALC fights climate change by protecting our productive farmlands and encouraging infill development. Administered in collaboration with the Department of Conservation’s (DOC’s) Division of Land Resource Protection program, SALC is part of California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide program that puts billions of Cap and Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.

SALC provides two types of grants: Planning grants, which support the development of policies and economic development strategies to protect agricultural land, and Land Acquisition Grants (for either conservation easements or fee acquisitions), which permanently protect lands that are at risk of conversion to sprawl development.

SGC now invites cities, counties, resource conservation districts, land trusts, California Native American tribes, and other governmental and non-profit entities to apply for the sixth round of funding for projects that will:

  • Help California limit sprawl and promote infill development,
  • Strengthen the agricultural economy, and
  • Meet California’s carbon reduction goals

Prospective applicants for acquisition grants must submit pre-proposals by Thursday, April 30. (Organizations interested in applying for planning grants are encouraged to submit pre-proposals as well.) Complete applications for both acquisition and planning grants are due Friday, August 28, 2020. SALC staff will host a Pre-proposal Technical Assistance Workshop this Spring to provide an overview of SALC, discuss recent changes, and provide assistance on preparing your pre-proposal. More information will be available soon.

For additional information or for grant application materials, please contact the SALC Program at (916) 324-0850 or visit the DOC website.