The Department invites applications for financial assistance to implement certain farmland protection implementation activities described in or otherwise consistent with agricultural and farmland protection plans that have been adopted by counties or municipalities.
This grant opportunity is being offered to enable eligible applicants to exclusively implement an Option to Purchase a Perpetual Conservation Easement with owners of viable agricultural lands that are at risk of conversion to non-farm uses. Only those applicants and landowners who intend to enter into an Option Agreement (as described herein) and then subsequently close on a perpetual conservation easement transaction should consider submitting an application in response to this grant opportunity.
Grant applications will be accepted on a continuous basis. The RFA will remain open and awards will be made until such time as available funds are fully committed, or the RFA is closed.
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.