Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the availability of $500,000 to aid farmland protection efforts across New York state.
Municipalities can apply for grants of up to $15,000 under this new Request for Applications to amend local laws to better protect farmland from being converted to non-agricultural use. Funding is available through the state Environmental Protection Fund and administered by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.
This Request for Applications is a non-competitive grant opportunity exclusively for municipalities to either amend local laws to remove unreasonable restrictions on farm operations and agricultural land, or establish implementation-ready Transfer of Development Rights programs to protect farmland from conversion to non-farm use.
This is the first such application being released by New York state in several years.
Application materials and important webinar information for the Round 13 Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Request for Applications are available for download on the Department of Agriculture and Markets website at www.agriculture.ny.gov/RFPS.
Application materials are also available by calling the department directly at 1-800-554-4501.