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New York State Conservation Partnership Program

The New York State Conservation Partnership Program is an innovative program funded by New York’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) that offers competitive matching grants, land trust assistance and other support for conservation land trusts throughout New York State.  The program is administered by the Land Trust Alliance (Alliance), in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).  To date, the Alliance has awarded 571 grants totaling $9.5 million to over 80 different land conservation organizations across the state.

Announcements and Updates

Applications Now Open for 2014-2015 Round of New York State Conservation Partnership Program Grants

The Land Trust Alliance, with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo, Commissioner Joe Martens, and the New York State Legislature, is pleased to announce a twelfth round of competitive land trust grants through the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP). This pioneering public-private partnership is administered by the Alliance, in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

In total, $1.8 million in funding from New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund will be awarded by the Alliance in spring 2015.  Conservation Partnership Program grants are available in four categories: Capacity & Excellence Grants, Conservation Catalyst Grants, Professional Development (Staffing) Grants, and Transaction Grants. All final applications must be submitted by Monday, December 8th (by 5 p.m. Eastern time).

Grants are expected to be announced by April 2015. [Note: Grant awards are contingent upon release of State funds.]  Eligible land trusts may apply for more than one Conservation Partnership Program Grant. No land trust may receive more than $80,000 in total grant funding in the 2014-15 grant cycle, unless it is also applying for significant funding on behalf of a statewide land trust collaboration.

Prospective applicants and land trust partners are strongly encouraged to consult with Alliance staff and attend one of the Alliance’s upcoming regional land trust roundtables. These informational meetings are co-hosted by local land trusts and provide an in-depth overview of the Conservation Partnership Program’s funding opportunities, guidance on grant guidelines and criteria, as well as timely updates on state and national issues of importance to land trusts, landowners, and communities in New York.

Click here for the full Request for Applications, Link for Completing Applications, and Other Important Information>>

Governor Cuomo Announces $1.4 Million in Conservation Grants to Land Trusts to Boost Tourism and Public Access

Grants Leverage an Additional $1.1 Million in Private Contributions and Community Support

Albany, NY (April 24, 2014) - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $1.4 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 50 nonprofit land trusts across the State. Representatives of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance unveiled the grantees at an event today at Indian Ladder Farms in Albany County as part of a week-long celebration of Earth Day. The grants, funded through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), will be matched by nearly $1.1 million in private and local funding and will support projects to protect farmland, enhance public access and recreational opportunities, and conserve open space. Read more »


Additional Background on the Alliance’s Conservation Partnership Program

Created in 2001, the New York State Conservation Partnership Program offers competitive matching grants to land trusts working throughout New York State.  Conservation Partnership Program grant funding is intended to foster opportunities and initiatives for land trusts to grow their professional capacity, collaborate and engage other organizations, landowners, municipalities, state government, and other partners. We encourage land trust projects that will enhance public access and outdoor recreation opportunities; protect prime farmland, working forests, community gardens, priority water resources and wildlife habitat; develop landowner services and community programs; increase public involvement and support for conservation; and enable implementation of best business practices, including land trust accreditation.

Please visit our background and resources web page for more information on the Conservation Partnership Program, including links to past press releases, summaries of projects previously funded and other important historical information.

To learn more about how the Alliance is advocating for more conservation funding in New York’s Environmental Protection Fund, and how you can help, please visit our New York Policy Program homepage.


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 »

If you have forgotten your password or need help using the system, please contact Katrina Howey in the Northeast Office at 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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