Grants to New York counties, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations for projects to benefit the state’s agricultural industry. Nonprofit applicants must be pre-qualified in the online registration system prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to cover a portion of Conservation Easement Projects with owners of viable agricultural lands that are at risk of conversion to non-farm uses.
Article 25-AAA of the Agriculture and Markets Law authorizes the Commissioner to maintain a State agricultural and farmland protection program to provide financial and technical assistance, within funds available, to assist locally-led efforts in developing agricultural and farmland protection plans and in the implementation of such plans.
Intent of Request for Applications (RFA): The intent of this RFA is to fund the implementation of certain farmland protection activities intended to maintain the economic viability of the State’s agricultural industry and its supporting land base and to protect the environmental and landscape preservation values associated with agriculture. Such activities must be described in or otherwise consistent with agricultural and farmland protection plans that have been adopted by counties or municipalities. Specifically, the Department invites applications for State financial assistance to enable eligible applicants to cover a portion of total eligible project costs for Conservation Easement Projects with owners of viable agricultural lands that are at risk of conversion to non-farm uses. Each Conservation Easement Project must result in a perpetual agricultural conservation easement. Applicants can apply for conservation easement projects associated with Farm Operations in the following categories:AgroforestryClimate ResiliencyEquineFood Security Horticultural SpecialtiesSource Water ProtectionViable Agricultural Land – OtherVineyardCriteria for the project categories can be found starting at https://agriculture.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/03/requestforapplications_rfa0238_fpiground18_conserveasementprojects.pdf#page=22.Project requirements can be found starting at https://agriculture.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/03/requestforapplications_rfa0238_fpiground18_conserveasementprojects.pdf#page=6.Eligible project costs can be found at https://agriculture.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/03/requestforapplications_rfa0238_fpiground18_conserveasementprojects.pdf=page=8.grants for minorities

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