CDFW sponsors several grant programs to assist in funding NCCPs and Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs). Three of these important programs are administered by the Habitat Conservation Planning Branch.
The NCCP LOCAL ASSISTANCE GRANT (LAG) Program provides state funds for urgent tasks associated with the implementation of approved NCCPs or NCCPs anticipated to be approved within 12 months of grant application.
CDFW is also the state sponsor of the federal ESA NONTRADITIONAL SECTION 6 GRANT Programs. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) offers funding through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund to support conservation planning and purchases of vital habitat for threatened and endangered fish, wildlife, and plant species. The grants are authorized by Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act (PDF).
Natural Community Conservation Planning Local Assistance Grants Program
Awards for NCCP Local Assistance Grant (LAG) Program for the 2018-19 (PDF) Fiscal Year were announced on November 15, 2018. Information on the FY19-20 grant solicitation cycle will be released in summer 2019. General information about the LAG Program can be found in the Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) (PDF).
NCCP LAG Documents for 2018-19
Endangered Species Act Habitat Conservation Planning Grant Program (Nontraditional Section 6)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) administers four grant programs through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF) and authorized through Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. There are three Nontraditional Section 6 grants available: Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance (HCPA; see below), Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition (HCPLA; see below), and Recovery Plan Land Acquisition (RLA) (coordinated by the CDFW Wildlife Branch). The fourth type of Section 6 Grant available is known as the Traditional Section 6 Program and supports recovery projects for Threatened and Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery, and is also administered by CDFW Wildlife Branch.
CDFW and local HCP partners have been very successful in the national competition for Nontraditional Section 6 HCP grant funds. Plans with large geographic areas, multiple species, high match amounts, multiple stakeholders, and high conservation importance score high. A combination of these factors for most California plans has led to significant Nontraditional Section 6 HCP Planning Assistance and Land Acquisition (PDF) grants to California each year.
The proposal solicitation period has now opened for FY19. Visit the FWS grants site to review the FY19 Non-Traditional Notice of Funding Opportunity, including information on eligibility and approved uses of these grants.
Proposals need to be developed in collaboration with the local CDFW office. Completed proposal packages will be due to the local CDFW office in early April 2019. Please email Sara.Kern@wildlife.ca.gov for additional information.
Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Program
The Endangered Species Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance (HCPA) Grant Program provides funding to States and Territories for tasks necessary in the planning phase of an HCP, such as baseline surveys and inventories, preparation of planning and environmental documents, and outreach.
Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition Program
The Endangered Species Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition (HCPLA) Grant Program provides funding to States and Territories for the acquisition of threatened and endangered species habitat in support of approved HCPs. Grants do not fund any mitigation required of an HCP permittee, but are instead intended to support land purchases that complement actions associated with the HCP.