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Climate Resilient Farming Program Round 4

Grants to New York Conservation Districts to Address
Agricultural Resilience to and Impact on Climate Change

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New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee

Deadline Date:

05/13/19 4:30 PM Local Time


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Grants to New York soil and water conservation districts to mitigate agriculture’s impact on climate change and improve on-farm resiliency and adaptation to climate conditions. Program categories include water management, soil health enhancement, and agricultural waste storage cover and flare systems. Preference will be given to projects that can demonstrate strong potential both in mitigation and adaptation.

For details on Mitigation and Adaptation, see:

The goals of the program are to reduce NYS agriculture’s impact on climate change through greenhouse gas emissions reduction and carbon sequestration, and to reduce climate change’s impact on NYS agriculture by increasing on-farm resiliency in the face of climate change impacts to the region, including increased heavy storm events, overall rainfall, and periods of drought.

All applications must be for one of the following tracks:

-Track 1: Agricultural waste storage cover and flare systems
-Track 2: Water management systems
-Track 3: Soil health systems

For details on each of the tracks, see:

Eligible Expenses:

- Architectural and/or engineering services
- Consultant and legal services
- Other direct expenses (e.g. funding for cultural resource impact determinations for ground disturbing BMPs).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176488

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Available Funding:

Track 1: Agricultural waste storage cover and flare systems
-Funding Available: $1,000,000

Track 2: Water management systems
-Funding Available: $790,000

Track 3: Systems that enhance soil health
-Funding Available: $510,000

Term of Contract:

The earliest contract start date will be 7/1/19 and the latest end date would be 12/31/22. These dates may be subject to change. The project sponsor may request a different term, if necessary.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals for funding will be accepted from Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Proposals may be for multiple projects and/or on multiple farms, but must be for one track only. Districts may submit more than one application, including separate applications for multiple tracks on the same farm.

Note: Some tracks have overlapping eligible systems. Applicants must choose the most appropriate track for their proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted via SharePoint by 4:30 PM local time on 5/13/19 to be considered for funding.

All questions must be submitted to Brian Steinmuller in writing by 4/29/19. Applicants should note that all clarifications are to be resolved prior to the submission of a proposal. A list of questions about the RFP, answers to those questions, and any addenda to the RFP, will be added to the Questions and Answers document posted on the Department website and the State Committee’s SharePoint site along with the electronic version of this RFP and other program attachments. A complete questions and responses document will be posted no later than 5/6/19. All questions and answers shall be incorporated into the RFP as a formal addendum.

Proposal Timeline

- RFP Release: 3/6/19
- Questions Submittal Due Date: 4/29/19
- Questions and Answers Final Posting: 5/6/19
- Proposal Due Date: 5/13/19

Match Requirements: The state may fund up to 75 percent of the total eligible costs of total project costs. Landowner or operator contributions used as match may be in the form of cash or in kind value for the services provided by the landowner or operator.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Brian Steinmuller
(518) 457-0562

NYS Soil and Water Conservation Committee
10 B Airline Drive
Albany, NY 12235

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York