The New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) is an innovative public-private partnership between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Alliance’s New York Program. This program offers competitive matching grants to qualified New York land trusts to advance land conservation, economic development, farmland protection, community conservation, and recreation and tourism
From its first grants cycle in 2003 through 2016, the Conservation Partnership Program has awarded 719 grants totaling over $13.1 million to 85 land trusts in New York. This funding, provided by New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund, has leveraged more than $15 million in local matching funds and has helped land trusts conserve more than 24,500 acres of farmland, wildlife habitat, recreational areas and urban open spaces.
Grant funding through the Conservation Partnership Program is available to qualified land conservation organizations in New York State (not individuals).
Announcing the 2016 New York State Conservation Partnership Program Grant Awards
At a festive Earth Week event in Skaneateles, New York, April 19, the Land Trust Alliance and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) gathered land conservation leaders from across the state to announce a thirteenth round of funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program.
In all, the Conservation Partnership Program will fund 72 grants totaling $1.8 million to 55 land trusts from Long Island to Buffalo.
“Land trusts continue to make a difference in local communities, maximizing public and private dollars to protect and preserve our state’s natural resources for generations to come,” said acting commissioner Basil Seggos.“ Through partnerships like these, the Environmental Protection Fund provides critical support for many environmental and open space programs, generating revenue, creating jobs and ensuring a cleaner and healthier New York.”
The investments will support a suite of local and regional conservation initiatives, strengthen strategic partnerships and help land trusts permanently conserve 1,470 acres of prime farmland, wildlife habitat and priority open space.
This year’s funding advances several key themes for conservation in New York:
- Improving public access for outdoor recreation & tourism (capacity grants)
- Food matters: Next generation farmers & community gardens (conservation catalyst grants)
- Protecting New York’s precious water resources (transaction grants)
- Building community through stewardship (professional development grants)
“We applaud New York’s tremendous progress in strengthening the Environmental Protection Fund in this year’s state budget. Individually and together, these are smart investments promoting healthy communities, strategic land conservation and environmental stewardship. On behalf of the Land Trust Alliance and its supporters, we thank Governor Cuomo, Acting Commissioner Seggos and the New York State Legislature,” said Andrew Bowman, president of the Land Trust Alliance.
A hearty congratulations and thanks to all of the grantees for all you do for conservation in New York.
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