New York State Conservation Partnership Program
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 continue
d 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
Announcing the 2013-2014 New York State Conservation Partnership Program, Requests for Applications Now Open!
The Land Trust Alliance, with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo, Commissioner Joe Martens, and the New York State Legislature, is pleased to announce an ele
venth round of competitive land trust grants under 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.
Approximately $1.4 million in funding from New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund will be awarded by the Alliance in spring 2014. The Conservation Partnership Program grants are available in four categories: Capacity & Excellence Grants, Conservation Catalyst Grants, Professional Development (Staffing) Grants, and Transaction G
rants. All final applications must be submitted by Friday, December 6, 2013.
NYS Conservation Partnership Program Regional Roundtables and Conference Calls
Interested land trust staff, board, and volunteers are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the upcoming regional roundtables in October and November. All roundtables include a field trip led by a host land trust, complimentary lunch, and an interactive discussion. Roundtable discussions will cover regional and national issues of importance to your land trust, as well as strategies for successful grant applications. Roundtables are from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Click on the links below to register for a specific roundtable. A complete schedule can be found here.
- Wednesday, October 2: New York City – Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (Kings County)
- Tuesday, October 8: Capital Region – Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park (Saratoga County)
- Thursday, October 17: Northern NY – Champlain Area Trails (Essex County)
- Thursday, October 24: Hudson Valley – Kingston Land Trust (Ulster County)
- Thursday, November 7: Western/Central NY – Genesee Land Trust (Monroe County)
Conference calls for interested applicants
- Topic: Professional Development Grants [Note: Deadline for Letters of Interest is Friday, October 11]
Thursday, September 12: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Conference Call: (888) 338-1010 passcode: 17151705#
- Topic: Conservation Partnership Program Update & General Q&A for Interested Applicants
Thursday, November 14: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Conference Call: (888) 338-1010 passcode: 17151705#
New York State Conservation Partnership Program Evaluation
As part of our continuing commitment to land trust excellence, the Alliance has retained Conservation Impact to conduct a rigorous evaluation of the New York State Conservation Partnership Program. Conservation Impact will organize several conference calls in August and plans to interview a number of land trusts that have received grant funding since 2003.
All New York land trusts will have an opportunity to participate in this important evaluation process. (You can anticipate receiving an email from Conservation Impact next week to schedule your participation.) We heartily encourage your land trust’s input and involvement as Conservation Impact’s report will include recommendations that could refine the direction of our pioneering partnership with the State of New York.
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 Applicants and 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.
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)
--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.