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California Farmland Conservancy Program (CFCP)

California Department of Conservation

Due September 1, 2021


The California Farmland Conservancy Program (CFCP) is a statewide grant program that supports local efforts to establish agricultural conservation easements and planning projects for the purpose of preserving important agricultural land resources. 


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. For more details on the types of grants that are funded, see Grant Categories.

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.


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). ​

Agricultural conservation easement projects are considered eligible for grant funding if they meet the following criteria (Public Resources Code Section 10251):

  • The parcel proposed for conservation is expected to continue to be used for, and is large enough to sustain, commercial agricultural production. The land is also in an area that possesses the necessary market, infrastructure, and agricultural support services, and the surrounding parcel sizes and land uses will support long-term commercial agricultural production.

  • The applicable city or county has a general plan which demonstrates a long-term commitment to agricultural land conservation. This commitment shall be reflected in the goals, objectives, policies, and implementation measures of the plan, as they relate to the area of the county or city where the easement acquisition is proposed.

  • Without conservation, the land proposed for protection is likely to be converted to non-agricultural use in the foreseeable future.​


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September 1, 2021


California Department of Conservation (CADC)

Financial Instrument

Grant, Easement

Total Program Funding


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Updated February 1, 2021

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