Grants Available for Agricultural Projects
The City of Carlsbad is now accepting grant applications for agricultural, coastal and lagoon projects covered by its Agricultural Conversion Mitigation Fee program, which collects money from developers when agricultural lands in the coastal zone are converted for development.
“The goal of this program is to reinvest in the community by enabling organizations and individuals to pursue projects that will enhance the City of Carlsbad’s quality of life in environmentally advantageous ways,” said Pam Drew, an associate planner who helps administer the program for the City of Carlsbad.
At a Glance
Projects that may qualify for a grant include:
Restoration of the coastal and lagoon environment;
Purchase and improvement of agricultural lands for:
o Continued agriculture production, or
o The provision of research activities or ancillary uses necessary for the continued production of agriculture and/or aquaculture in the city’s coastal zone, including farm worker housing;
Restoration of beaches for public use; or
Improvements to existing or proposed lagoon nature centers.
Applications are available on the city’s website and are due by 5 p.m. on May 30. Completed applications must be mailed to:
City of Carlsbad
Attn: Pam Drew, Associate Planner
1635 Faraday Ave.
Carlsbad, CA, 92008
The Agricultural Conversion Mitigation Fee program fund contains approximately $200,000. Grants previously funded by the program range from $15,000 to $2 million. Projects that have received funding include remodeling lagoon nature centers and improving aquaculture production at Agua Hedionda Lagoon. The program was created by the state in in 1984 and has been administered by the city since 2004.
A seven-member, City Council-appointed public committee will review grant applications and recommend projects for funding to the City Council. The City Council will make the final decision on grant awards.
For more information
Visit the city’s websiteDownload the grant application
Contact Associate Planner Pam Drew, 760-602-4644 or firstname.lastname@example.org