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California Conservation Agriculture Planning Grants Program

California Department of Food and Ag

Closed October 23, 2023

The Conservation Agriculture Planning Grants Program (CAPGP) is a new program in the Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation. This program will fund the development of plans that will help farmers and ranchers identify actions for climate change mitigation and adaptation, further environmental stewardship on farms and ranches and ensure agricultural food security into the future.

Applicants may apply for up to $250,000 to prepare conservation agriculture plans in the following categories:

  • Agricultural Energy Design

  • Carbon Farm Planning

  • Comprehensive Nutrient Management

  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat

  • Grazing Management

  • Irrigation Water Management

  • Nutrient Management

  • Organic Transition

  • Pollinator Habitat

  • Pest Management

  • Soil Health Management


Eligible entities include Tribes, technical service providers (TSPs) registered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), professional certified crop advisors, pest control advisors, rangeland managers, non-profit organizations, Resource Conservation Districts, California Public Universities, agricultural cooperatives, groundwater sustainability agencies, and farmers and ranchers in collaboration with a qualified planner. All eligible applicants will be required to demonstrate qualifications.


  • This is a reimbursement program with cost incurred first by the awardee and invoices submitted to CDFA for reimbursement.

  • Reimbursement will be based upon a flat payment rate established for each type of plan.

  • The maximum award amount is $250,000 per applicant.

  • $6 million will be reserved for plans that support organic transition

  • Grant funds may not be expended prior to execution of the grant agreements for awarded projects or after the completion of the grant term.

  • The duration of the grant agreement will be 24 months from the date of execution.

  • CDFA may offer an award different than the amount requested.

Application Instructions

Updated March 22, 2024

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