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New York State Conservation Partnership Program

2013 Grant Recipients pose with DEC Commissioner Joe Martens at the NYSCPP Press Event at Mohonk Preserve. Photo courtesy of DEC.

Created in 2001, the New York State Conservation Partnership Program is an innovative public-private partnership which provides competitive matching grants for qualified land trusts throughout New York State for building land

trust capacity and increasing the pace and quality of conservation. Visit our Background and Resources webpage for more information on the Conservation Partnership Program, including links to past press releases, summaries of projects previously funded, and other important historical information.

The Conservation Partnership Program is funded through New York State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). For more information on how the Land Trust Alliance and partners are working in the state Capital to ensure continued funding for the Conservation Partnership Program, represent NY's land trust community, and advance policies that support common efforts and conservation goals, visit our New York Policy Program homepage.

Announcements and Updates

Save the Date - 2014 Grants Announcement

On April 24th in the Albany area, the Alliance will join DEC Commissioner Martens and land trust leaders to announce the 11th round of Conservation Partnership Program grant awards.  Grants totaling $1.4 million will be awarded to 50 different land trusts across the state.  We will provide additional details about the announcement, including location and time, in an upcoming April alert.

If you have any questions about the status of your 2013-2014 grant application(s), please contact Katrina Howey at (518) 587-0774 or at

Additional Funding Possible for Conservation Partnership Program Grants

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal announced in February includes an increase in the New York State Conservation Partnership Program, to $2 million.  The Assembly and Senate budget bills also include $2 million in the EPF for this unique collaboration between the state DEC, Land Trust Alliance and New York’s land trust community.

Successful community-supported projects and the hard work of many New York land trusts made this proposed increase possible!  Please stay tuned for additional program updates after the final State budget is announced.

Requests for Applications Now Closed

Thank you to all that applied for a 2013-14 Conservation Partnership Program Grant. Please stay tuned for an announcement of our 2014 grant recipients.

Applications for our 2015 round of grants will be due in December.

Please check back in August for more information.

In the meantime, please visit our NYSCPP Grant Page to get more information on eligibility requirements and descriptions of the grants categories.

April 2013: DEC and Land Trust Alliance award $1.4 milllion in Conservation Partnership Program Grants

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded Conservation Partnership Program grants totaling $1.4 million to 57 nonprofit land trusts across the state, DEC and the Land Trust Alliance announced today at a news conference at the Mohonk Preserve in Ulster County as part of DEC’s weeklong celebration of Earth Day.  The grants, funded through the state’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), will be matched by $1.3 million in private and local funding. Click here for more information, including the press release and media coverage


Resources for Current Grantees

Use the link below to access or create a new account in our online application and reporting system. The system must be used to apply for a Conservation Partnership Program Grant and to complete reports and extension requests.

Land Trust Alliance Online Application and Reporting System

Note, the link to the system has changed. Please be sure to bookmark this new web address. If you have forgotten your password or need help using the system, please contact Katrina Howey in the Northeast Office, (518) 587-0774.

Frequently Asked Questions--covers general questions about applying for a grant, completing a report and using the online system

Expense Report Template (To be used with Final Report Form)

Grant Deliverables Memo--This memo explains the type of documentation we require land trusts to submit with their final report to show how the grants funds were used. For example, if grant funds were used to develop a strategic plan we will request a copy of the strategic plan.

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