The Department invites eligible not-for-profit conservation organizations (Land Trusts) to submit proposals for financial assistance to conduct activities that will assist counties and municipalities with their agricultural and farmland protection efforts.
Specifically, state funding under this grant opportunity will support local agricultural and farmland protection goals by informing owners of viable agricultural land of the mechanisms and programs available to protect their lands from conversion to non-farm uses. Projects will consist of outreach activities intended to reach the owners of viable agricultural land utilizing an inventory of viable agricultural lands and a screening process to identify subsets of landowners to focus on for such outreach activities.
Availability of funding for this program is from the Farmland Protection Line of the New York State Environmental Protection Fund.
All entities that wish to apply for grants in New York State must be registered in the Grants Gateway. This process includes filling out and mailing a signed and notarized registration form. Registration information can be found on the Grants Management website or the Grant Opportunity Portal.
Please watch a recording of the Farmland Access Outreach Activities Applicant Webinar that was given on December 4, 2019.