CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (OEFI) is accepting public comments for its draft request for grant applications for the Pollinator Habitat Program. An allocation of $15 million is available to support pollinators through floral resources, host plants, and other elements of suitable habitat. Funded projects will be expected to provide benefits for California’s biodiversity and agricultural production. Projects will support integrated pest management, support beneficial species (beyond pollinators), enhance carbon sequestration, and improve soil health among other co-benefits.

Resource Conservation Districts, the University of California, California Community Colleges, California State Universities, Non-profits, and Federally-and California-Recognized Native American Indian Tribes will be eligible to receive funding. Entities applying for PHP grants must have demonstrated expertise and experience in habitat restoration on agricultural lands or implementation of conservation management practices that support pollinators. Comments must be submitted by April 18, 2022 by 5 p.m. PT.

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