The New York State Conservation Partnership Program is an innovative public-private partnership between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Land Trust Alliance’s New York Program.

Throughout its history, the Conservation Partnership Program has awarded 1,077 grants totaling more than $25 million to 92 land trusts working across New York. This funding, provided by New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund, has leveraged more than $26.5 million in local matching funds, helping land trusts conserve tens of thousands of acres of farmland, wildlife habitat, recreational areas and urban open spaces.

2023 grants

Current funding opportunities

Now accepting applications for the 2023 New York State Conservation Partnership Program grants.

The Land Trust Alliance, with support from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Legislature, is pleased to announce a nineteenth round of competitive land trust grants through the New York State Conservation Partnership Program. This successful public-private partnership is funded through the state Environmental Protection Fund and administered by the Alliance, in coordination with the DEC.

Up to $3,075,000 is available through the 2022-2023 grants round which will be awarded in the spring of 2023. Grant awards are contingent upon the receipt of state funds.

All applications must be completed through our online application and reporting system (including Professional Development Letters of Interest).

The deadline for all final applications is Friday, Dec. 9 by 5 p.m. Eastern.

How to Apply

Meme Hanley

New York senior program manager

518-587-6436 | mhanley@lta.org

Katrina Howey

Grants management specialist

518-587-0932 | khowey@lta.org

Eligibility requirements

Grant funding through the Conservation Partnership Program is available to qualified land conservation organizations working in New York State that meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

  • Applicant’s mission is dedicated to land conservation and/or stewardship of conserved lands, and has formally adopted the 2017 Land Trust Standards and Practices.

  • Applicants do not need to be members of the Land Trust Alliance to apply for or receive grant funding. However, non-member land trusts are encouraged to learn more about the benefits of land trust membership.

  • While accreditation is also not a prerequisite, accreditation status (including applicant’s demonstrated intention to prepare for accreditation) is an important factor in the grant evaluation process.

Grant types available

Conservation Partnership Program Grants are available in five categories:

Capacity & Excellence

Grants to develop land trust programs and build organizational capacity to increase impact and sustainability of non-profit conservation organizations.

Conservation Catalyst

Grants to support collaborative projects that “catalyze” new partnerships and community-supported conservation, stewardship and outreach initiatives.

Professional Development

Grants for land trusts looking to professionalize and strengthen programs and services by adding permanent staff.

Stewardship & Resource Management

Grants for land trusts seeking to make a substantial capital investment in public access improvements and on the ground stewardship of conserved properties.

Transaction

Grants that help cover the indirect costs associated with new conservation easements and fee-acquisition projects that result in strategic, permanent protection of environmentally significant lands in New York.

Resource library

For reference while working on your application.

Information for current grantees

Current grantees can always access their account through our online Application and Reporting Portal.

Having trouble logging in or need to update organizational information? Please contact the Alliance’s New York Program Office, 518-587-0774.

2022 grants

Announcing the 18th round of Grants

In April 2022, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced $3.375 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 51 land trusts across the State. The announcement, made during New York State’s Earth Week celebration, includes a total of 80 grants funded through New York’s Environmental Protection Fund will leverage an additional $2.7 million in private and local funding to support projects that protect water quality and farmland, boost public access for outdoor recreation and conserve open space. The Land Trust Alliance administers the Conservation Partnership Program in coordination with the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Program history

Throughout its history, the Conservation Partnership Program has awarded 1,077 grants totaling more than $25 million to 92 land trusts working across New York. This funding, provided by New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund, has leveraged more than $26.5 million in local matching funds, helping land trusts conserve tens of thousands of acres of farmland, wildlife habitat, recreational areas and urban open spaces.