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Land Trust Grants Round 3 - Farmland Access Outreach Activities

Grants to New York Land Trusts for
Farmland and Agricultural Protection

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New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

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02/21/20 4:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $50,000 to New York land trusts to assist municipalities and counties with farmland and agricultural protection activities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take five to ten business days to complete. Funding is intended to support local agricultural and farmland protection goals by informing owners of viable agricultural land of the mechanisms and programs available to protect their lands from conversion to non-farm uses.

Projects will consist of outreach activities intended to reach the owners of viable agricultural land utilizing an inventory of viable agricultural lands and a screening process to identify subsets of landowners to focus on for such outreach activities

Eligible activities will focus on the utilization and conservation of agricultural lands using the following required project elements:

  1. An inventory of viable agricultural lands;
  2. A screening process; and
  3. Outreach activities targeted to the owners of viable agricultural land.

Projects must be conducted over a proposed study area wholly contained within New York State. This study area must be clearly identified on a NYS municipal base map submitted in the proposal.

Projects must receive a written endorsement from the County Agricultural Farmland Protection Board (AFPB). If a study area covers multiple counties each County AFPB must endorse the project.

Prior to conducting outreach activities applicants must either agree to develop or already have (1) an inventory of viable agricultural lands; and (2) a screening process that will result in the identification of subsets of landowners to be targeted for outreach activities. 

Eligible outreach activities can be found at

Eligible costs can be found at

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GrantWatch ID#: 184205

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- The maximum State award will be up to $50,000 per proposal/applicant.
- Applicants may request up to $2,500 to develop or update an inventory plus an additional $2,500 to develop or update a screening process.

Term of Contract:

The start date for awarded contracts is anticipated to be on or about March 31, 2020 and projects are expected to be completed within three years from date of contract approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals for funding will be accepted from New York not-for-profit conservation organizations (as defined in the New York Environmental Conservation Law (§ 49-0303) that are organized for, among other purposes, the conservation or preservation of real property.

Active Farmer as Board Member:

Pursuant to New York State Agriculture and Markets Law (AML) Section 325-a, to be eligible for state assistance payments under this program, an organization must have at least one active farmer on their board of directors. If an organization does not have an active farmer on their board of directors at the time of application an active farmer must be appointed to such board of directors within 60 days of receiving an award.

An active farmer is engaged in the production of “crops, livestock, or livestock products” as part of a “Farm Operation” as those terms are defined in section 301 of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law.

Upon award, the Department will request documentation that an active farmer is a member of the awardee’s board of directors before a contract is issued.

Ineligible costs can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

- Release Request for Proposals (RFP): November 19, 2019
- Deadline for Questions: December 16, 2019
- Final Questions and Answers Posted: December 24, 2019
- Deadline for Proposals: February 21, 2020 at 4:00PM
- Award Grants: March 2020

All questions about requirements contained in this RFP must be submitted in writing and must be received at the Department by 4:00 PM, December 16, 2019. Please submit all written questions to the coordinator for this grant opportunity, Jeff Kehoe.

A list of questions about the program which are received from potential applicants, and answers to those questions, as well as any changes, additions, or deletions to the RFP, will be posted by December 24, 2019, in the Funding Opportunities section of the Department's website.

Each qualified land trust (applicant) may submit only one (1) proposal in response to this RFP.

There is no match requirement for this grant opportunity, however matching funds are encouraged.

Once the contract is fully executed, grant funds will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis. Awardees may request, at the discretion of the Department, an initial payment of up to twenty-five percent (25%) of the total grant award. The Department shall retain ten percent (10%) of the award amount to be disbursed to the contractor upon acceptance of the Final Report.

New York State vendors must register in the Grants Gateway and establish users in the system.

All not-for-profit organizations that intend to submit a proposal in response to this RFP must also be prequalified prior to the submission of your proposal. If you have not prequalified in the Grants Gateway by the time the proposals are due each proposal you submit will be rejected and not considered for funding under this RFP.

If you have not yet registered (or, as a not-for-profit, prequalified), please do so immediately. New York State reserves 5-10 business days from the receipt of complete Prequalification applications to conduct its review. If supplementary information or updates are required, review times will be longer.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online through the Grants Gateway:

Jeff Kehoe
NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets
10B Airline Drive
Albany, New York 12235
Phone: (518)457-4626

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