California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Natural Community Conservation Planning (NCCP)

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 Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act.

NCCP Local Assistance Grants

Awards for NCCP Local Assistance Grants for the 2013-14 Fiscal Year were Announced on December 20, 2013.

It is anticipated that the Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the 2014-15 grant cycle will be released mid-summer 2014. However, the NCCP Local Assistance Grant program is considered a year-round grant cycle. Prospective applicants should be coordinating early with their CDFW Regional staff and NCCP Implementing Entities to identify and design high priority projects that will help in NCCP implementation.

General information about the NCCP Local Assistance Grant (LAG) program and the Concept and Full Proposal Applications can be found in the 2013-14 Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) (PDF).

Preparers of LAG proposals may find it useful to look at examples of the type and substance of NCCP LAG projects previously funded.

ESA NonTraditional Section 6 Grants

Please 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 us for additional information.

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 (PDF) and Land Acquisition (PDF) grants to California each year. These grants require a contribution of a minimum of 25 percent of the projects' total costs by non-federal project partners. A list of eligible non-federal match sources (PDF) is available. Grants are offered for NCCPs and HCPs under two highly competitive programs:
  1. The HABITAT CONSERVATION PLANNING ASSISTANCE (HCPA) PROGRAM provides grants for creating HCPs, through funding of tasks necessary in the planning phase: for example, baseline surveys and inventories, preparation of planning and environmental documents, and outreach.
  2. The HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN LAND ACQUISITION (HCPLA) PROGRAM provides grants for land acquisitions associated with 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.

Please see the Nontraditional Section 6 timeline (PDF), which includes links to helpful webpages and documents, including templates

The Nontraditional Section 6 RECOVERY LAND ACQUISITION (RLA) PROGRAM provides grants for the acquisition of habitat for endangered and threatened species in support of draft and approved recovery plans. This grant program is administered through CDFW's Wildlife Branch.

ESA Traditional Section 6 Grants

In addition, some NCCP and HCP activities are eligible for the ESA CONSERVATION GRANTS PROGRAM (Traditional Section 6), which provides funds to implement conservation projects for listed and at-risk species. These grants are administered through CDFW's Wildlife Branch.