New York Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball presented new efforts yesterday for farmland protections across the state.
In a release, Ball announced that up to $500,000 in state funding has now been made available to eligible land trusts, one of several new land protection strategies Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined in last year’s State of the State address.
The new funding is part of Gov. Cuomo’s Land Trust Grants program, which helps land trusts cover the costs of appraisals for landowners.
This second round of the Land Trust Grants Program is being offered to help landowners who are contemplating whether to sell or donate development rights on their farmland. Since appraisals estimate the value of development rights, this information will help landowners determine if they will proceed with a conservation easement. This funding opportunity helps strategic planning on the local level and advances activities identified in local farmland protection plans.
New York State has already committed nearly $75 million to farmland protections in 2018.
Eligible applicants may be awarded up to $50,000. All proposals must be submitted through the Grants Gateway by January 28th of next year.