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New York State Conservation Partnership Program

2014 NYSCPP Grant Recipients

2014 NYSCPP Grant Recipients at Press Event,

Indian Ladder Farms.

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 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.

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

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 weeklong 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 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 2013-2014 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 million 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 week-long 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. See 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 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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Land Trust Protects Farm Along Little River

NY - Brothers Henry and Charles Parry have ensured the permanent protection of their 440-acre farm that has been in their family since 1901.

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