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Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 
  
 Farmland Protection Program

Farmland Protection Implementation Grants

Attention! - Commissioner's Memo About Upcoming FPIG Activities

Overview

Farmland Protection Implementation Grants (FPIG) are available to enable project sponsors to implement activities consistent with local agricultural and farmland protection plans. Since the inception of the program, FPIG has disbursed over $140 million, protecting over 50,000 acres of viable agricultural land on over 200 farms across the State of New York.

Following a cycle of nearly annual awards, FPIG did not offer any new awards for five consecutive years to ensure the completion of the large number of then-open contracts and their associated projects before making any new award announcements.

FPIG has been expanded to offer both a Request For Applications (or RFA) as well as a Request For Proposals (or RFP). The non-competitive grant opportunity (RFA) is available for municipalities to amend their local laws to become more farm-friendly and/or to create laws to establish a transfer of development rights program. The competitive grant opportunity (RFP) provides grant funding to eligible counties, municipalities, soil and water conservation districts and not-for-profit conservation organizations for implementation of conservation easement projects.

Eligible applicants, landowners, or other parties interested in more information about FPIG grant opportunities should submit their emails here:

Round 13 FPIG-Request for Applications (Open exclusively to Municipalities; Non- Competitive)

Funding is currently available for those municipalities intending to remove unreasonable restrictions from municipal land use and subdivision regulations, zoning, and site plan requirements pertaining to agricultural land and farm operations and/or to establish an implementation-ready Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program for farmland protection.

Grants are non-competitive, though only municipalities are eligible. No more than $15,000 will be awarded to a single municipality for any given contract, and no more than $30,000 for two municipalities applying jointly. Joint applications are only eligible to apply for the grant to establish an implementation-ready transfer of development rights program - applications for the zoning law revisions must be done singly. Municipalities must provide a 25% cash or in-kind match of the total project cost, and at least 20% of that local match must be provided as cash. For example, a municipality applying for the maximum of $15,000 would be required to provide a $3,750 total match (cash and services) of which no less than $1000 must be in cash.

Current grant opportunity materials are available here.

More information from a webinar created by David Behm is available here.

FPIG-Request for Proposals (Open to Multiple Eligible Entities; Competitive; Offered every even-numbered year)

This competitive grants program is made available in even-numbered years to assist with the protection of viable agricultural lands that are at risk of conversion to non-farm uses. Funding may be used for those farmland protection implementation activities specified in each grant opportunity.

Eligible applicants include counties, municipalities, soil and water conservation districts, and not-for-profit conservation organizations (“land trusts”). Interested farmers/landowners are urged to contact the county Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board to express their interest in participating and also to approach potential applicant entities to discuss their options.

When available, current grant opportunity materials are available here.

Summary Chart:

 

RFA-Removing Unreasonable Restrictions From Local Laws

RFA-Establish Transfer of Development Rights Program

RFP-Implementation Activities

Purpose

To remove unreasonable restrictions from zoning, municipal land use, and site plan requirements

To create an implementation ready transfer of development rights program

To implement conservation easement projects or incentive payment projects

Grant Maximum

$15,000 (or 75% of the cost, whichever is less)

Varies; see full materials

Match Requirements

Local share: up to 80% services, 20% cash

Varies; see full materials

Eligibility

Municipalities which have conducted a zoning audit

Municipalities

Municipalities, counties, not-for-profit conservation organizations, and soil and water conservation districts

Joint Applications

Not allowed

Allowed; up to $30,000 for joint applications

Allowed

Guidance Documents for Eligible Applicants:

The following guidance documents must be followed for all FPIG Purchase of Development Rights projects awarded IN Round 14.

Guidance Documents:

The following guidance documents must be followed for FPIG projects awarded PRIOR TO Round 13 (i.e., 2014).

The following guidance documents must be followed for all FPIG projects awarded IN Round 13 (i.e., 2014).