CSAC Bulletin Article

Department of Conservation to Offer Planning Grants for Agricultural Land

April 25, 2019

The Department of Conservation has $950,000 for local and regional planning grants to support the integration of natural and working lands, specifically agricultural lands, into local and regional planning documents. This funding was made available through Proposition 68 – The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018.

Eligible planning grants will support the development of at least one of the following:

  1. Climate Action Plan, Natural and Working Lands Component
  2. Sustainable Communities Strategy, Natural and Working Lands Component
  3. General Plan, Agricultural Element or Component 
  4. Specific Plan, Agricultural Conservation Priority Plan
  5. TerraCount Adoption (TerraCount is a scenario planning tool developed by the Department of Conservation and the Nature Conservancy for use by cities, counties, districts, and other land use planners and decision-makers.)

The Department of Conservation will be hosting three workshops to present the Proposition 68 Working Lands and Riparian Corridors Program Guidelines and Solicitation Notice for Local and Regional Planning Projects Grants and to solicit input from the public.  Please see the dates and times for the workshops below.

May 9: 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. (first presentation at 11 A.M., Second Presentation at 1 P.M.), Madera County Government Center, Classroom 2005 – second floor. 200 W 4th St, Suite 4200, Madera, 93637


May 15: San Diego, Time and Location TBD


May 16: 10 AM until 12 PM, Department of Conservation, Division of Land Resource Protection, Walnut Room, 801 K Street, Sacramento CA 95816

Webcast will be available for the May 16 workshop. Please RSVP as space is limited by calling 916-324-0850 or email.


More information about the draft Guidelines and solicitations can be found at the Department of Conservations program website.  Public comment on the draft guidelines will be accepted until May 20th.  We anticipate the guidelines will be adopted May 31, 2019 and grant applications due July 31, 2019.

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