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Land Trust Grants Program Round 2 - Appraisals for Proposed Conservation Easement Projects

Grants to New York Land Trusts to Appraise
Farmland Being Considered for Development

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New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

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01/28/19 4:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $50,000 to New York land trusts to cover the costs of appraisals for landowners seeking to donate or sell development rights on agricultural lands. Funding is intended to help local governments in their efforts to protect farmland. Eligible projects must have a site plan approved by the Department before receiving funding.

Pursuant to Section 325-a of New York State Agriculture and Markets Law, and considering that appraisals are the principal factor used to determine the value of development rights for conservation projects, this grant is being offered to land trusts to assist local governments with farmland protection efforts identified in Commissioner approved Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plans.

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects will pay for the cost of qualified appraisals (see section 2.2.1) for land owners considering selling or donating a perpetual conservation easement on viable agricultural land. Before funds will be provided for a specific project, a site plan for each project must be approved by the Department (see section 2.2.1).

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GrantWatch ID#: 184205

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Awards of up to $50,000 will be granted to successful applicants.

Term of Contract:

Projects are expected to be completed within 2 years with a total contract length of 3 years from date of award. Awards are anticipated to be announced in March 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Land trusts that comply with New York Environmental Conservation Law § 49-0303, are organized for conserving real property and have at least one active farmer on their board of directors by March 31, 2019 (See the section 6.1 for additional details.) are eligible applicants.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinar: Land Trust Grants Round 2

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Time: 9:45 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting Number: 319 589 958
Meeting Password: frZUNsC5

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To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the meeting, or call the number below and enter the access code. US Toll Free: 1-844-633-8697 Local: 1-518-549-0500 Access code:319 589 958 Toll-free dialing

Pre-Application Information:


- Release Request for Proposals (RFP) Summer 2018
- Deadline for Questions October 26, 2018
- Deadline for Proposals January 28, 2019 4:00 PM
- Award Grants March 2019

All questions about requirements contained in this RFP must be submitted in writing and be received at the Department by 4:00 PM local time, October 26, 2018. 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 in the Funding Opportunities section of the Department's website here: under the heading “Questions and Answers”, along with the electronic version of this RFP.

New York State vendors must register in the Gateway and establish users in the system. To start this process, from the Grant Opportunity Portal, under Registration, click “Request Access Now!” to view your options.

All not-for-profit organizations that intend to submit a proposal in response to this RFP must also be pre-qualified prior to the submission of your proposal. For more information regarding the pre-qualification process, please view the Vendor Prequalification Manual and Maintaining Prequalification as provided by the New York State Grants Reform Team.

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

All proposals must be submitted online through the Grants Gateway:

Jeff Kehoe
NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets
10B Airline Drive
Albany, New York 12235

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