Grants for NCCPs and HCPs

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 link opens in new windowSection 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 link opens in new windowProposal 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. Projects selected for awards will be notified in November 2020.

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 link opens in new windowSection 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 link opens in new windowPlanning Assistance and Land Acquisition (PDF) grants to California each year.

Visit the link opens in new tab or windowFWS grants site to review the FY19 Non-Traditional Notice of Funding Opportunity, including information on eligibility and approved uses of these grants.

The FY20 pre-proposal solicitation period is now closed. Please see the link opens in new window2020 Cooperative Endangered Species Fund (CESCF) Non-Traditional Grants Pre-Proposal Solicitation Notice (PDF) for more information. This page will be updated with more information once the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) sends out the 2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

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.