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 2017, the Conservation Partnership Program has awarded 788 grants totaling over $14.9 million to 89 land trusts in New York. This funding, provided by New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund, has leveraged more than $17 million in local matching funds and has helped land trusts conserve more than 27,477 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 2017 New York State Conservation Partnership Program Grant Awards
On April 26, 2017, during an Earth Week event, the Land Trust Alliance (Alliance) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) joined land trust leaders from across the state to announce the 14th round of funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program.
In all, the Conservation Partnership Program will fund 69 grants totaling $1.8 million to 58 land trusts from Long Island to Buffalo.
“Coming at a time when every effort makes a difference, this initiative enables land trusts, local communities and private landowners to better protect New York’s most important water resources, farmlands, wildlife habitats and urban green spaces,” said Andrew Bowman, president of the Land Trust Alliance. “New York’s clear commitment to its Environmental Protection Fund sets a standard that can inspire other states to protect water quality, promote healthy communities and address our changing climate. These are smart investments in our collective future. On behalf of the Land Trust Alliance and our supporters, we thank Governor Cuomo, Commissioner Seggos and the New York State Legislature for supporting these efforts.”
The investments will support a suite of local and regional conservation initiatives, strengthen strategic partnerships and help land trusts permanently conserve 2,757 acres of prime farmland, wildlife habitat and priority open space.
This year’s funding advances several key themes for conservation in New York:
- Strengthening land trusts through accreditation (capacity and excellence grants)
- Protecting water resources, enhancing resiliency (conservation catalyst grants)
- Building public access for recreation and tourism (transaction grants)
- Investing in community through effective stewardship (professional development grants)
Congratulations and thank you to each of the recipient organizations for all you do for conservation in New York.
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