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Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC)

​SALC Round 7 Guidelines Adopted by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) SALC is now accepting pre-proposals from cities, counties, Native American tribes, land trusts, and other governmental and non-profit entities for projects that protect agricultural land and reduce greenhouse gases. Pre-proposals may be submitted for agricultural conservation acquisition grants or agricultural land conservation planning grants. Visit our Application Information page to get started. The Strategic Growth Council approved the Round 7 SALC Guidelines ​at its April 29 meeting. Read the​ press release here.​ Key Dates (SALC Round 7) * June 1, 2021: Pre-proposals due (acquisition grants)

  • July 1, 2021: Pre-proposals due (planning grants)

  • September 10, 2021: Full applications due (planning and acquisition grants)

  • December 2021: Awards announced

​Upcoming Events Pre-proposal Workshop (Round 7 Acquisition Grants)

Interested in submitting a pre-proposal to the program? Join us for this online workshop to learn more about the pre-proposal and application process. Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines and the pre-proposal & application requirements in advance of the meeting. Online workshop May 4, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Register here


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 Climate ​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​​. ​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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