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Grant Partnerships with the Land Trust Alliance

DEC partners with the Land Trust Alliance (the Alliance), a non-profit land conservation organization, in administering two different grant opportunities to increase the pace of protecting forests and open space in New York State.

Forest Conservation Easements for Land Trusts

On October 7, 2022, DEC and the Land Trust Alliance announced the award four grants through the Forest Conservation Easement for Land Trusts program totaling $1.34 million from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) protecting nearly 884 acres of forestland. See the press release and the Alliance's website (leaves DEC website) for more information.

DEC and the Land Trust Alliance offer competitive grants for accredited land trusts through the Forest Conservation Easements for Land Trusts (FCELT) Program. This new public-private partnership is funded by the state Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and is administered by the Alliance in coordination with DEC.

These grants are intended to provide community benefits, advance ecosystem benefits and climate resilience, and work towards goals identified in the New York State Open Space Plan, the New York State Wildlife Action Plan, the New York State Forest Action Plan, and/or other local, regional or statewide land protection plans.

Complete details about this grant opportunity including eligibility requirements, how to apply, and other program elements can be found on the Alliance's website (leaves DEC website).

2022 Grant Award Descriptions (PDF)

2022 Grant Distribution Map (PDF)

New York State Conservation Partnership Program

The 2022-23 round of grants is now open. Letters of Interest for Professional Development Grants are due Friday, October 14, 2022 by 5 p.m. EST. All final applications are due Friday, Dec. 9 by 5 p.m. EST. For complete details on how to apply for funding including the Request for Applications, eligibility, evaluation criteria, FAQs and an upcoming schedule of roundtables and informational sessions, please visit the New York State Conservation Partnership Program website (leaves DEC site). Events begin on Sept. 27!

Created in 2002, the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) is a public-private partnership between DEC and the Land Trust Alliance (leaves DEC website) that invests in New York land trusts. Grants are funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) annually and are administered by the Alliance in coordination with DEC.

As of the 2022 grant award announcement, NYSCPP has awarded 1,077 grants totaling more than $25 million to 92 different land trusts since the program's start. Cumulatively, the state's investment has leveraged $26.5 million in additional funding from local and private sources.

NYSCPP is nationally recognized as a model for leveraging public and private funding for building capacity of land trusts to help advance open space, farmland preservation, and resource conservation goals included in the 2016 New York State Open Space Plan. Complete details about this grant opportunity can be found on the Alliance's website (leaves DEC website).

2022 and Past Grant Awards

On April 18th, 2022, DEC and the Land Trust Alliance awarded more than $3.375 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants to 51 nonprofit land trusts across the state for 80 projects.

Details about grant awards from previous years are available on the Alliance's website (leaves DEC website).


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