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
The Natural Community Conservation Planning Local Assistance Grant (NCCP LAG) Program was created to assist local public and non-profit entities in the implementation of Natural Community Conservation Plans (NCCPs) throughout California, as authorized under Fish and Game Code (FGC) 2800 et seq. CDFW offers state funds through NCCP LAGs to eligible Applicants on an annual basis for highest priority tasks needed to implement NCCPs. Highest priority tasks are identified by the NCCP implementing partners and Wildlife Agencies throughout the preceding year. Eligible Applicants include local jurisdictions or other entities that are implementing a CDFW-approved NCCP or will be implementing an NCCP within 12 months of the release of the Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP). Other eligible entities include public agencies and non-profit organizations that have an interest in assisting with the implementation of Eligible Projects.
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. Visit the FWS grants site for information on eligibility and approved uses of these grants. Contact your local CDFW office if you are interested in applying or email John.Kleinfelter@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.