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 NCCP Local Assistance Grants Program Solicitation Period has closed for FY 2020-21. For general information, the FY 2020-21 Proposal Solicitation Package (PDF) contains comprehensive instructions for requirements for each section of the Proposal Application Form (Word) and also provides information on the grant and application process. The FY21-21 solicitation is slated for a Spring 2021 release.
Preparers of LAG proposals may find it useful to look at examples of the type and substance of NCCP LAG projects previously funded.
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 Solicitations for the 2021 Non-Traditional Section 6 grant program have opened. Preparers of pre-proposals that were submitted in Summer 2020 will be contacted regarding the development of the full proposals. Proposals need to be developed in collaboration with the local CDFW office and the USFWS Field office. 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, amendment, or renewal phases of an HCP, such as baseline surveys and inventories, preparation of planning and environmental documents, and outreach.
Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance (HCPA) Notice of Funding Opportunity, which includes information on eligibility and approved uses of these grants.
Completed proposal packages will be submitted to the Habitat Conservation Planning Branch by CDFW Regional staff on February 5. Each region will determine their deadlines in advance of February 5 to allow time for review. Please coordinate with your local CDFW office for that deadline information.
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.
Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition (HCPLA) Notice of Funding Opportunity, which includes information on eligibility and approved uses of these grants.
Completed proposal packages will be submitted to the Habitat Conservation Planning Branch by CDFW Regional staff on February 17. Each region will determine their deadlines in advance of February 17 to allow time for review. Please coordinate with your local CDFW office for that deadline information.