Projects will be selected for funding under the California Farmland Conservancy Program (CFCP) after completion of the rulemaking process and adoption of a formal Request for Grant Applications. All grantees will be required to spend grant funds according to the approved project scope, implementation schedule, and budget detailed in individual grants. The Department of Conservation (DOC) works with landowners, local governments, and non-profit land trusts to conserve productive farmland and diverse open spaces. The grants will likely be multi-year, staged grants in many cases, with deliverables requiring significant time to produce. DOC proposes to commit the grant funds over the first three years, with one additional year required to administer the completion of all grants.
DOC’s CFCP has established protocols for grant administration, and it is expected that this experience will yield crossover benefits and efficiencies in administering the proposed planning grants. DOC will review grants and make recommendations, track and manage planning grants. Outcome reports for funded projects will be done on an annual or more frequent basis in the form of project status reports to other state agencies, such as the Department of Finance, as well on the DOC website. All projects are subject to audit by the Department, at both the grantee and DOC levels.