Grant Partnerships With The Land Trust Alliance
The Conservation Partnership Program is now accepting applications for the 2023-24 grant round. Letters of Interest for Professional Development Grants are due Friday, October 20, 2023 by 5 p.m. Applications are due Friday, December 22, 2023 by 5 p.m. EST. See the Land Trust Alliance webpage (link leaves DEC website) for details.
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DEC partners with the Land Trust Alliance (the Alliance), a non-profit land conservation organization, in administering two different grant opportunities to increase the pace of protecting forests and open space in New York State.
Forest Conservation Easements for Land Trusts
On October 12, 2023, DEC and the Land Trust Alliance awarded six grants through the Forest Conservation Easement for Land Trust program totaling $1.35 million from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) protecting approximately 1,635 acres of forestland.
These grants are intended to provide community benefits, advance ecosystem benefits and climate resilience, and work towards goals identified in the New York State Open Space Plan, the New York State Wildlife Action Plan, the New York State Forest Action Plan, and/or other local, regional or statewide land protection plans.
Complete details about this grant opportunity including eligibility requirements, how to apply, and other program elements, and grant awards from previous years can be found on the Alliance's website (leaves DEC website).
New York State Conservation Partnership Program
The 2023-24 round of grants is now open. Letters of Interest for Professional Development Grants are due Friday, October 20, 2023 by 5 p.m. EST. All final applications are due Friday, December 22, by 5 p.m. EST. For complete details on how to apply for funding including the Request for Applications, eligibility, evaluation criteria, FAQs and an upcoming schedule of roundtables and informational sessions, please visit the New York State Conservation Partnership Program website (link leaves DEC website). Events begin on Sept. 27!
Created in 2002, the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) is a public-private partnership between DEC and the Land Trust Alliance that invests in New York land trusts. Grants are funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) annually and are administered by the Alliance in coordination with DEC.
Since the Conservation Partnership Program's creation in 2002, and including this year's grants, the program has awarded 1,144 grants totaling more than $28 million to 94 land trusts. Cumulatively, the state's investment has leveraged $29.5 million in additional funding from local and private sources.
NYSCPP is nationally recognized as a model for leveraging public and private funding for building capacity of land trusts to help advance open space, farmland preservation, and resource conservation goals included in the 2016 New York State Open Space Plan. Complete details about this grant opportunity can be found on the Alliance's website (leaves DEC website).
2023 and Past Grant Awards
On May 2, 2023, DEC and the Land Trust Alliance awarded $3.75 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants to 45 nonprofit land trusts across the state for 67 projects.
- 2023 Grant Award Descriptions (PDF)
- 2023 Grant Awards by Region (PDF)
- 2023 Grant Distribution Map (PDF)
Details about grant awards from previous years are available on the Alliance's website.