Discover Landowner Assistance Opportunities

Federal and state agencies offer a variety of voluntary assistance programs that help private landowners manage their land sustainably. Explore the tool below to learn how these resources may meet your current needs. You can filter the table by category, benefit type, and location. For more information about each program, use the expand button to the left of the search results.

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  • Acres for America

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Nationwide
    Acres for America is the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's premier land conservation program and was established to provide urgently needed funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for…
    Agency
    • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
    Description
    Acres for America is the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's premier land conservation program and was established to provide urgently needed funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements.

    Learn more: https://www.nfwf.org/acresforamerica/Pages/home.aspx
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Non-profit 501(c) Organizations, State Government Agencies, Local Governments, Municipal Governments, Indian Tribes, and Educational Institutions 
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact:
  • Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) Component

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) Program provides financial assistance to eligible partners protect agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land. The program also protects grazing uses and related…
    Agency
    • USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
    Description
    The Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) Program provides financial assistance to eligible partners protect agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land. The program also protects grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving grassland, including rangeland, pastureland and shrubland. Under the ALE component, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) may contribute up to 50 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement. Where NRCS determines that grasslands of special environmental significance will be protected, NRCS may contribute up to 75 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement.

    Learn more: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/easements/acep/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    American Indian Tribes, State and Local Governments and Non-governmental Organizations that have Farmland, Rangeland or Grassland Protection Programs
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local NRCS office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Center locator.
  • Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) Component

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) Program restores, protects, and enhances wetlands through wetland reserve easements. For acreage owned by an Indian tribe, there is an additional enrollment option of a…
    Agency
    • USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
    Description
    The Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) Program restores, protects, and enhances wetlands through wetland reserve easements. For acreage owned by an Indian tribe, there is an additional enrollment option of a 30-year contract.

    Through the wetland reserve enrollment options, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) may enroll eligible land through:  

    Permanent Easements – Permanent easements are conservation easements in perpetuity. NRCS pays 100 percent of the easement value for the purchase of the easement. Additionally, NRCS pays between 75 to 100 percent of the restoration costs.

    30-year Easements – 30-year easements expire after 30 years. Under 30-year easements, NRCS pays 50 to 75 percent of the easement value for the purchase of the easement. Additionally, NRCS pays between 50 to 75 percent of the restoration costs.  

    Term Easements - Term easements are easements that are for the maximum duration allowed under applicable State laws. NRCS pays 50 to 75 percent of the easement value for the purchase of the term easement. Additionally, NRCS pays between 50 to 75 percent of the restoration costs.

    30-year Contracts – 30-year contracts are only available to enroll acreage owned by Indian tribes, and program payment rates are commensurate with 30-year easements.

    For wetland reserve easements, NRCS pays all costs associated with recording the easement in the local land records office, including recording fees, charges for abstracts, survey and appraisal fees, and title insurance.

    Learn more: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/easements/acep/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners and Indian Tribes
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local NRCS office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Center locator.
  • Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA)

    • Landowner Benefits: Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    Agricultural Management Assistance helps agricultural producers manage financial risk through diversification, marketing, or natural resource conservation practices. The Natural Resource Conservation Service administers the conservation provisions, while the Agricultural Marketing…
    Agency
    • USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
    Description
    Agricultural Management Assistance helps agricultural producers manage financial risk through diversification, marketing, or natural resource conservation practices. The Natural Resource Conservation Service administers the conservation provisions, while the Agricultural Marketing Service and the Risk Management Agency implement the production diversification and marketing provisions.

    Learn more: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/ama/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners, Agricultural Producers and Indian Tribes
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local NRCS office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Center locator.
  • Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Programs

    • Landowner Benefit: Disaster Relief
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) Program provides revenue loss coverage at the county level. ARC-CO payments are issued when the actual county crop revenue of a covered commodity is less…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) Program provides revenue loss coverage at the county level. ARC-CO payments are issued when the actual county crop revenue of a covered commodity is less than the ARC-CO guarantee for the covered commodity. Price Loss Coverage Program payments are issued when the effective price of a covered commodity is less than the respective reference price for that commodity. The effective price equals the higher of the market year average price or the national average loan rate for the covered commodity.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/arcplc_program/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Disaster Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Anne Arundel and Charles County Forestry Grants

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Education and Training, Grant
    • Location: Maryland
    The Chesapeake Bay Trust provides funding for forestry and land protection projects in Anne Arundel County and Charles County. These programs provide grants to implement reforestation and increase the amount…
    Agency
    • Chesapeake Bay Trust
    Description
    The Chesapeake Bay Trust provides funding for forestry and land protection projects in Anne Arundel County and Charles County. These programs provide grants to implement reforestation and increase the amount of protected forestland in the state. Grants are intended to fund programs which increase tree cover, create more green space, reduce erosion, and improve water quality. The Trust also funds educational and community engagement projects to raise conservation awareness. While projects do not usually create conservation easements, the goal is to create and maintain more open undeveloped spaces, and this may benefit nearby military facilities.

    Learn more: https://cbtrust.org/grants/forestry-and-forested-land-protection/

    Learn more: https://cbtrust.org/grants/charles-county-forestry/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Education and Training, Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners, Local Governments (Counties, Cities, Towns, and Municipalities), and Conservation Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    The Chesapeake Bay Trust
    (410) 974-2941
  • Arizona Adopt-A-Ranch Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Adopt-A-Ranch Program is a voluntary program that enables interested members of the public to “adopt” a ranch to perform ranch maintenance. Volunteers work directly with the landowner(s) and…
    Agency
    • Arizona Game and Fish Department
    Description
    The Arizona Adopt-A-Ranch Program is a voluntary program that enables interested members of the public to “adopt” a ranch to perform ranch maintenance. Volunteers work directly with the landowner(s) and Arizona Game and Fish Department to maintain access on the land. The program helps to mitigate problems associated with public recreational access. The program is part of the larger Landowner Relations and Habitat Enhancement Program that partners with landowners to protect and enhance surrounding habitat and provide public recreational access throughout the state.

    Learn more: https://www.azgfd.com/Wildlife/LandOwners/
    Category
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners, Permitees, Lessees, Conservation Organizations, Local Government (Cities, Counties, Towns and Municipalities) and Federal Government and State Agencies
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Troy Christensen
    Arizona Game and Fish Department
    Adopt-A-Ranch and Respect
    Programs Coordinator
    (602) 319-0645
  • Arizona Citrus Research Council and Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Citrus Research Council supports the development of citrus research programs and projects within the Arizona citrus industry. Council programs and projects target production, plant pest and disease control,…
    Agency
    • Arizona Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Arizona Citrus Research Council supports the development of citrus research programs and projects within the Arizona citrus industry. Council programs and projects target production, plant pest and disease control, efficient fertilization and irrigation techniques, and varietal development. The council is comprised of 5 producers appointed by the Governor.

    Learn more: https://agriculture.az.gov/boards-councils/arizona-citrus-research-council
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Citrus Producers
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Lisa James
    Arizona Department of Agriculture
    Administrator
    (602) 542-3262
  • Arizona Community Challenge Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Community Challenge Grant Program provides funding for projects that enhance lands and manage natural resources under the Arizona Forest Action Plan. The program is intended to promote citizen…
    Agency
    • Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
    Description
    The Arizona Community Challenge Grant Program provides funding for projects that enhance lands and manage natural resources under the Arizona Forest Action Plan. The program is intended to promote citizen involvement in supporting long-term, sustainable urban, and community forestry programs at the local level.

    Learn more: https://dffm.az.gov/grants/community/Community-Challenge-Grants
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), Nonprofit Organizations, Public Educational Institutions, and Tribal Governments
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Department of Forestry and Fire Management
    (602) 771-1400
  • Arizona Grain Research and Promotion Council Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Grain Research and Promotion Council (AGRPC) Grant Program helps Arizona grain producers identify solutions to production issues. The AGRPC provides all research findings, abstracts, and reports resulting from…
    Agency
    • Arizona Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Arizona Grain Research and Promotion Council (AGRPC) Grant Program helps Arizona grain producers identify solutions to production issues. The AGRPC provides all research findings, abstracts, and reports resulting from grant funds to Arizona grain producers.

    Learn more: https://agriculture.az.gov/boards-councils/arizona-grain-research-promotion-council
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), Academic Institutions, Consortia Tribal Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Lisa James
    Arizona Department of Agriculture
    Administrator
    (602) 542-3262
  • Arizona Heritage Fund

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Heritage Fund protects endangered species, acquires sensitive wildlife habitat, and provides access to recreational and educational opportunities. Grants are awarded for projects that occur on publicly held lands…
    Agency
    • Arizona Game and Fish Department
    Description
    The Arizona Heritage Fund protects endangered species, acquires sensitive wildlife habitat, and provides access to recreational and educational opportunities. Grants are awarded for projects that occur on publicly held lands as specified under the Arizona Game and Fish Administrative Rules. Eligible applicants may sponsor a private or not-for-profit organization to act as the applicant and grant participant.

    Learn more: https://www.azgfd.com/wildlife/heritagefund/grantapply/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Federal Government, State Agencies, Tribal Governments, Local Governments (Cities, Counties, and Towns), School Districts, Charter Schools, Political Subdivisions, and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Ryan Babel
    Arizona Game and Fish Department
    Acting Heritage Grants Coordinator, Funds Planning Section
    (623) 236-7521
  • Arizona Iceberg Lettuce Research Council and Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Iceberg Lettuce Research Council conducts research for an Arizona industry that produces more than 29 million cartons of iceberg lettuce annually. The Council reviews and awards a wide…
    Agency
    • Arizona Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Arizona Iceberg Lettuce Research Council conducts research for an Arizona industry that produces more than 29 million cartons of iceberg lettuce annually. The Council reviews and awards a wide range of research proposals on topics such as variety development and lettuce pest eradication. Awards are also made for programs relating to production, harvesting, handling, and hauling lettuce from fields to markets. The council is comprised of 7 members that are appointed by the Governor.

    Learn more: https://agriculture.az.gov/boards-councils/iceberg-lettuce-research-council
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Lettuce Producers
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Lisa James
    Arizona Department of Agriculture
    Administrator
    (602) 542-3262
  • Arizona Invasive Plants Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Invasive Plant Grant Program supports the management of invasive and noxious plants that threaten forested, woodland, and rangeland areas in Arizona. The program aims to increase the local…
    Agency
    • Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
    Description
    The Arizona Invasive Plant Grant Program supports the management of invasive and noxious plants that threaten forested, woodland, and rangeland areas in Arizona. The program aims to increase the local capacity to manage and prevent encroachment of invasive and noxious weeds through Cooperative Weed Management Areas. Projects should focus on invasive plant species found on the Arizona Noxious Weed List, however other plants may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Learn more: https://dffm.az.gov/grants/forest-health/invasive-plant-grants
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), Nonprofit Organizations, Tribal Governments, and Public Educational Institutions
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Department of Forestry and Fire Management
    (602) 771-1400
  • Arizona Landowner Respect Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Other
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Landowner Respect Program is a voluntary program designed to improve sportsmen ethics. The program is intended to increase cooperation between landowners/lessees and the public in order to avoid…
    Agency
    • Arizona Game and Fish Department
    Description
    The Arizona Landowner Respect Program is a voluntary program designed to improve sportsmen ethics. The program is intended to increase cooperation between landowners/lessees and the public in order to avoid potential conflicts. The program is part of the larger Landowner Relations and Habitat Enhancement Program, which partners with landowners to protect and enhance surrounding habitat and provide public recreational access throughout the state.

    Learn more: https://www.azgfd.com/Wildlife/LandOwners/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Other
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners, Lessees
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Don Larsen
    Arizona Game and Fish Department
    Landowner Relations & Habitat Enhancement Program Manager
    (623) 236-7624
  • Arizona Military Installation Fund

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Military Installation Fund is a state-funded program that provides funding for acquisition of private property, real estate, real estate rights, property management, and infrastructure to help mitigate encroachment…
    Agency
    • Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs
    Description
    The Arizona Military Installation Fund is a state-funded program that provides funding for acquisition of private property, real estate, real estate rights, property management, and infrastructure to help mitigate encroachment and preserve military installations in Arizona. The land must be located near a military installation or range or otherwise address some mission encroachment issue. Annual applications are prioritized based on proximity to the installations, noise contour zones, and accident potential zones as well as factors such as use limitation on the property, length of ownership, and measures previously taken to mitigate impact from the installation.

    Learn more: https://dema.az.gov/resources/military-affairs-commission/military-installation-fund
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), and Private Landowners
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Lucrecia Hernadez
    Department of Emergency and Military Affairs
    (602) 464-6349

    Military Installation Fund
    (602) 267-2732
  • Arizona Mitigation Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Mitigation Grants Program provides funding for hazard mitigation plans and projects that reduce overall risks from future hazardous events. Landowners that require mitigation projects following a natural disaster…
    Agency
    • Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs
    Description
    The Arizona Mitigation Grants Program provides funding for hazard mitigation plans and projects that reduce overall risks from future hazardous events. Landowners that require mitigation projects following a natural disaster are eligible applicants. The program includes mitigation grants such as the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant and the Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants.

    Learn more: https://dema.az.gov/emergency-management/operationscoordination/recovery-branch/mitigation-grant-process
    Category
    • Community Resilience
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), and Private Landowners
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Lucrecia Hernadez
    Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs
    (602) 464-6349
  • Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle Program Small Grant

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle Program provides funding to pay for contractors working with federal, state, county, local, and tribal governments to develop and maintain off-highway vehicle routes and trails throughout…
    Agency
    • Arizona State Parks and Trails
    Description
    The Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle Program provides funding to pay for contractors working with federal, state, county, local, and tribal governments to develop and maintain off-highway vehicle routes and trails throughout the state. Activities may include the development or maintenance of trailheads, staging areas, and associated off-highway vehicle routes and trail facilities. All projects must be on lands designated as off-highway vehicle routes and must be open to the public. Off-Highway Vehicles include off-highway all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, recreational utility vehicles, and snowmobiles. Grant proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed when accepted.

    Learn more: https://azstateparks.com/funding-opportunities
    Category
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), Tribal Governments, State and Federal Agencies, and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Mickey Rogers
    Arizona State Parks and Trails
    (602) 542-6942

    Jeff Schmidt
    Arizona State Parks and Trails
    (602) 542-7124

    Matt Eberhart
    Arizona State Parks and Trails
    (602) 542-2146
  • Arizona Recreational Trails Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Recreational Trails Program develops and maintains recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The Trail Maintenance Program is funded through the Recreational…
    Agency
    • Arizona State Parks and Trails
    Description
    The Arizona Recreational Trails Program develops and maintains recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The Trail Maintenance Program is funded through the Recreational Trails Program for non-motorized trail projects. Projects may include land acquisition, facility development, and trail maintenance.

    Learn more: https://azstateparks.com/recreational-trails-program
    Category
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    State and Federal Agencies, Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), Tribal Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Mickey Rogers
    Arizona State Parks and Trails
    (602) 542-6942

    Jeff Schmidt
    Arizona State Parks and Trails
    (602) 542-7124

    Matt Eberhart
    Arizona State Parks and Trails
    (602) 542-2146
  • Arizona Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery…
    Agency
    • Arizona Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Arizona Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” Funding is available for projects that address consumer or producer education, food safety, marketing and promotion, pests and plant health, and research. The program is administered by the Arizona Department of Agriculture, and it is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

    Learn more: https://agriculture.az.gov/about-us/divisions/agricultural-consultation-training/specialty-crop-block-grant-program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    State or Local Organizations, Government Entities, Producer Associations, Academia, Community Based Organizations, and other Specialty Crop Stakeholders
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Lisa James
    Arizona Department of Agriculture
    Administrator
    (602) 542-3262

    Ashley Estes
    Arizona Department of Agriculture
    (602) 542-0972
  • Arizona Specialty Crop Block Multi-State Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Specialty Crop Multi-State Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through collaborative, multi-state projects. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits,…
    Agency
    • Arizona Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Arizona Specialty Crop Multi-State Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through collaborative, multi-state projects. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” Funding is available for collaborative, multi-state projects that address food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific common issues, and marketing and promotion. The program is administered by the Arizona Department of Agriculture, and it is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

    Learn more: https://agriculture.az.gov/about-us/divisions/agricultural-consultation-training/specialty-crop-multi-state-program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    State Government, Tribal Governments, Individuals, Public Entities, Nonprofit Organizations, and Associations
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Lisa James
    Arizona Department of Agriculture
    Administrator
    (602) 542-3262

    Ashley Estes
    Arizona Department of Agriculture
    (602) 542-0972
  • Arizona State Fuel Mitigation Grant Programs

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona State Fuel Mitigation Grant Programs protect communities from the risk of wildfire by funding hazardous waste fuels mitigation treatments. These programs include the State Fire Assistance Grant program,…
    Agency
    • Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
    Description
    The Arizona State Fuel Mitigation Grant Programs protect communities from the risk of wildfire by funding hazardous waste fuels mitigation treatments. These programs include the State Fire Assistance Grant program, also known as the Wildland Urban Interface Grant program, and the Wildland Fire Hazardous Fuels Grant program. The programs are funded under the Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazardous Mitigation Grant Process.

    Learn more: https://dffm.az.gov/grants/hazard-fuels/wfhf
    Category
    • Community Resilience
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Arizona Fire Departments and Fire Districts, Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), Nonprofit Organizations, Tribal Governments, and Private Landowners
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Department of Forestry and Fire Management
    (602) 771-1400
  • Arizona State Historic Property Tax Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona State Historic Property Tax program offers a substantial reduction in the state property tax assessment for owners of qualifying homes. The program reduces the property taxes between 35-45percent…
    Agency
    • Arizona State Parks and Trails
    Description
    The Arizona State Historic Property Tax program offers a substantial reduction in the state property tax assessment for owners of qualifying homes. The program reduces the property taxes between 35-45percent (dependent on special assessments). In order to qualify, a property must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places and must meet the minimum maintenance standards established by the Arizona State Parks Board either individually or as a contributor to a historic district. The State Historic Preservation Office determines program eligibility and monitors property maintenance, and the county assessor enacts tax classification changes and manages issues of property value and tax calculation.

    Learn more: https://azstateparks.com/state-historic-property-tax-reclassification-spt-for-owneroccupied-homes
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Mickey Rogers
    Arizona State Parks and Trails
    (602) 542-6942

    Jeff Schmidt
    Arizona State Parks and Trails
    (602) 542-7124

    Matt Eberhart
    Arizona State Parks and Trails
    (602) 542-2146
  • Arizona Tree Resource Enhancement & Engagement Grants

    • Landowner Benefits: Cost-Share Payments, Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Tree Resource Enhancement and Engagement (TREE) Grant Program is a competitive cost-share tree care program. The program provides reimbursement of $1,500 to $5,000 to assist currently recognized Tree…
    Agency
    • Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
    Description
    The Arizona Tree Resource Enhancement and Engagement (TREE) Grant Program is a competitive cost-share tree care program. The program provides reimbursement of $1,500 to $5,000 to assist currently recognized Tree City USA communities and Tree Campus USA campuses with the management, improvement, or conservation of community trees. TREE funding projects include tree planting to reach canopy cover goals, tree inventory, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree ordinance review/development, and training of volunteers and city/county employees to best care for community forests.

    Learn more: https://dffm.az.gov/tree-resource-enhancement-and-engagement-grants
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments, Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Communities or Public Educational Entities, Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), and Tribal Governments
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    John Richardson
    Department of Forestry and Fire Management
    (602) 771-1400
  • Arizona Water Protection Fund

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Water Protection Fund is a competitive grant program that provides funding for the development and implementation of measures that will restore, maintain, and enhance river and riparian resources…
    Agency
    • Arizona Department of Water Resources
    Description
    The Arizona Water Protection Fund is a competitive grant program that provides funding for the development and implementation of measures that will restore, maintain, and enhance river and riparian resources throughout Arizona. This includes projects that benefit fish and wildlife that are dependent on these resources. The Arizona Water Protection Fund Commission typically awards grants under three categories: capital projects, research and data collection, and water conservation. A wide range of projects has been funded including channel restoration, riparian revegetation, wetland creation/restoration, fencing and other grazing management improvements, upland restoration, erosion control, and applied ecological research.

    Learn more: http://www.azwpf.gov/FY2019GrantCycle.htm
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Individuals, Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), Tribal Governments, Organizations, and Political Subdivision
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Reuben Teran
    Arizona Water Protection Fund
    c/o Arizona Department of Water Resources
    (602) 771-8528
  • Arizona Water Quality Improvement Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Water Quality Improvement Grant Program funds projects that address polluted runoff, also known as “non-point source pollution.” This type of pollution occurs when rainfall, snowmelt, or irrigation picks…
    Agency
    • Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
    Description
    The Arizona Water Quality Improvement Grant Program funds projects that address polluted runoff, also known as “non-point source pollution.” This type of pollution occurs when rainfall, snowmelt, or irrigation picks up pollutants and carries them to rivers, lakes, or groundwater. Some common pollutants in Arizona are bacteria, nutrients, and sediment, with potential sources that include agriculture, forestry, grazing, septic systems, recreation, non-permitted regulated urban runoff, construction, and physical changes to stream channels. The program allocates money from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and fulfills the requirements of Section 319 Clean Water Act.

    Learn more: https://azdeq.gov/WQIGP_Apply
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private and Public Entities, Government Entities, Tribal Governments, Universities, Nonprofit Organizations, Environmental Groups, Watershed Partnerships, and Private Individuals
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Samuel "Jake" Breedlove
    Program Coordinator
    (602) 771-4243
  • Arizona Western Bark Beetle Initiative Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Western Bark Beetle Initiative Grant Program focuses on reducing adverse bark beetle impacts through thinning and removal of green host trees and related slash treatments, in areas where…
    Agency
    • Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
    Description
    The Arizona Western Bark Beetle Initiative Grant Program focuses on reducing adverse bark beetle impacts through thinning and removal of green host trees and related slash treatments, in areas where ponderosa pine is the main host tree. Funding through this grant aims to protect high value trees and forests, create and maintain healthy stands of trees, reduce bark beetle attacks and tree mortality, encourage landowners to implement prevention and restoration projects, restore and maintain healthy ecosystems, and reduce wildland fire risk secondarily. Minimum acreage is 10 acres.

    Learn more: https://dffm.az.gov/grants/forest-health/western-bark-beetle-initiative-grant-program
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), Nonprofit Organizations, and Public Educational Institutions
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Department of Forestry and Fire Management
    John Richardson
    (602) 771-1400
  • Arizona Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Arizona Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Program works to accomplish habitat restoration. The program supports projects that are designed to bolster populations of game and nongame species, support landscape-scale habitat restoration,…
    Agency
    • Arizona Game and Fish Department
    Description
    The Arizona Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Program works to accomplish habitat restoration. The program supports projects that are designed to bolster populations of game and nongame species, support landscape-scale habitat restoration, and leverage capacity of external partnerships and funding sources. The program is part of the larger Landowner Relations and Habitat Enhancement Program that partners with landowners to protect and enhance surrounding habitat and provide public recreational access throughout the state. The program is funded through a combination of State and Federal funding.

    Learn more: https://www.azgfd.com/Wildlife/LandOwners/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners, Permitees, Lessees, Conservation Organizations, Local Government (Cities, Counties, Towns and Municipalities) and Federal Government and State Agencies
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Dan Sturla
    Arizona Game and Fish Department
    Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Coordinator
    (623) 236-7282
  • Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loan Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loan Program makes and guarantees loans to beginning farmers who are unable to obtain financing from commercial lenders. Each fiscal year, the Farm Service Agency…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loan Program makes and guarantees loans to beginning farmers who are unable to obtain financing from commercial lenders. Each fiscal year, the Farm Service Agency targets a portion of its direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loan funds to beginning farmers.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/beginning-farmers-and-ranchers-loans/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers who are in their first 10 years of operation
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Best Management Practices Cost-Share Programs

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service works with multiple partners, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, FDEP, Florida's water management districts, and Florida's soil and water…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Description
    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service works with multiple partners, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, FDEP, Florida's water management districts, and Florida's soil and water conservation districts, to provide funds that assist farmers in implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs). BMPs are practical, cost-effective actions that agricultural producers can take to conserve water and reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, animal waste and other pollutants entering our water resources. BMPs are designed to benefit water quality and water conservation while maintaining or even enhancing agricultural production.

    Learn more: https://www.fdacs.gov/Agriculture-Industry/Water/Agricultural-Best-Management-Practices
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    For more information on current cost-share programs, please contact
  • Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP)

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) is part of the national strategy to reduce the United States’ reliance on foreign oil, improve domestic energy security, and reduce carbon pollution by…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) is part of the national strategy to reduce the United States’ reliance on foreign oil, improve domestic energy security, and reduce carbon pollution by developing more agricultural products made in rural America. BCAP provides funds to assist farmers and forester landowners with growing, maintaining, and harvesting biomass that can be used for energy or bio-based products.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/energy-programs/BCAP/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Bio-Fuel Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAAs)

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAAs) encourage landowners that support at-risk species on their properties to engage in voluntary proactive conservation by offering assurances in return that limit future conservation…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAAs) encourage landowners that support at-risk species on their properties to engage in voluntary proactive conservation by offering assurances in return that limit future conservation obligations. The CCAA program specifically targets non-federal landowners and provides them with the assurance that if they implement various conservation activities, they will not be subject to additional restrictions if the respective species were to be listed under the Endangered Species Act.

    Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/permits/enhancement/ccaa/index.html
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Non-federal Landowners
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your Regional USFWS Representative.
  • Candidate Conservation Agreements (CCAs)

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    Candidate Conservation Agreements (CCAs) are formal, voluntary agreements between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and one or more parties to address the conservation needs of one or more candidate…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    Candidate Conservation Agreements (CCAs) are formal, voluntary agreements between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and one or more parties to address the conservation needs of one or more candidate species or species likely to become candidates in the near future. Participants voluntarily commit to implement specific actions designed to remove or reduce threats to the covered species, so that listing may not be necessary. The degree of detail in CCAs can vary widely, and there are no specific permits or assurances associated with them.

    Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/cca.html
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Federal and Non-federal Landowners
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your Regional USFWS Representative.
  • Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology

    • Landowner Benefit: Education and Training
    • Location: Florida
    The University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology conducts interdisciplinary research and provides science-based education on landscape practices to protect and conserve Florida’s natural resources. The center has…
    Agency
    • University of Florida
    Description
    The University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology conducts interdisciplinary research and provides science-based education on landscape practices to protect and conserve Florida’s natural resources. The center has several extension programs to help landowners.

    Learn more: http://clce.ifas.ufl.edu/grants/
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Education and Training
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Emily Eubanks
    Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology
    (352) 273-4511
  • Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, Small Watershed Grants-- Implementation

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Locations: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia
    The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund protects the Chesapeake Bay by helping local communities clean up and restore their polluted rivers and streams. Small Watershed Grants (SWG)—Implementation grants range from $20,000…
    Agency
    • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
    Description
    The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund protects the Chesapeake Bay by helping local communities clean up and restore their polluted rivers and streams. Small Watershed Grants (SWG)—Implementation grants range from $20,000 to $200,000 and are awarded to projects within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that promote community-based efforts to protect and restore the bay’s natural resources and its tributary rivers and streams. Funded projects result in improvements to local stream health and habitat, and/or the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. 

    Learn more: https://www.nfwf.org/chesapeake/Pages/small-watershed-grants.aspx
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and K-12 educational institutions.
    Location
    Delaware, Maryland, Virginia
    Contact
    For more information, please contact:
  • Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, Small Watershed Grants—Planning and Assistance

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Locations: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia
    The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund protects the Chesapeake Bay by helping local communities clean up and restore their polluted rivers and streams. Small Watershed Grants (SWG)—Planning and Technical Assistance grants…
    Agency
    • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
    Description
    The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund protects the Chesapeake Bay by helping local communities clean up and restore their polluted rivers and streams. Small Watershed Grants (SWG)—Planning and Technical Assistance grants fund projects that focus on assessment, planning, design, and other technical activities that build capacity for future conservation efforts. Potential SWG-Planning and Assistance grants can be enhanced through Technical Assistance Providers. View a list of participating Technical Assistance Providers, including their expertise, geographic service area and contact information.  SWG-Planning and Assistance grants are a maximum of $50,000 and have no matching requirements. 

    Learn more: https://www.nfwf.org/chesapeake/Pages/small-watershed-grants.aspx
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, and for-profit entities.
    Location
    Delaware, Maryland, Virginia
    Contact
    For more information, please contact:
  • Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP)

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program purchases threatened coastal and estuarine lands or obtains conservation easements from willing landowners. Lands selected to be protected through the program are ecologically…
    Agency
    • DOC, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    Description
    The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program purchases threatened coastal and estuarine lands or obtains conservation easements from willing landowners. Lands selected to be protected through the program are ecologically important or possess other coastal conservation values, such as historic features, scenic views, or recreational opportunities.

    Learn more: https://coast.noaa.gov/czm/landconservation/
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    State and Local Governments
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact the Office of Coastal Management at: https://coast.noaa.gov/contactform/
  • Coastal Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Grant, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Coastal Program is a voluntary, community-based program that provides technical and financial assistance through cooperative agreements to coastal communities, conservation partners, and landowners to restore and protect fish and…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    The Coastal Program is a voluntary, community-based program that provides technical and financial assistance through cooperative agreements to coastal communities, conservation partners, and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. The Coastal Program is delivered through a network of locally-based field staff in 23 priority coastal areas around the country. Coastal Program staff coordinates with project partners, stakeholders, and other U.S. Fish and Wildlife programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas are where the Coastal Program directs resources to conserve habitat for Federal trust species. 

    Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/coastal/
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Non-federal Landowners
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    To learn more, please contact your Regional Coastal Program Representative.
  • Compatible Use and Joint Land Use Study Grants

    • Landowner Benefits: Grant, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment provides technical and financial assistance to state and local governments to plan and implement civilian actions necessary to alleviate and /or…
    Agency
    • Department of Defense (DoD)
    Description
    The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment provides technical and financial assistance to state and local governments to plan and implement civilian actions necessary to alleviate and /or prevent incompatible civilian development and other civilian activities that are likely to impair the continued operational utility of a DoD installation, range, special use air space, military operations area, and/or military training route. The program enables states and communities to assist local installations to optimize their mission: support lethality; and enhance the readiness and military value of their local installation.

    Learn more: http://www.oea.gov/
    Category
    • Community Resilience
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Interstate, Intrastate, State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals), Local, State-designated Indian Tribes,
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact the Office of Economic Adjustment at, http://www.oea.gov/
  • Conservation Partners Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Conservation Partners Program, a partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, provides grant funding to support organizations that provide staff and technical…
    Agency
    • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
    Description
    The Conservation Partners Program, a partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, provides grant funding to support organizations that provide staff and technical assistance to private landowners to maximize the benefits of Farm Bill programs on working lands.  Through these regional grants, the Conservation Partners Program has begun to place expert staff where they can maximize outreach to the private landowner. In this way, Farm Bill conservation dollars can be utilized most efficiently and effectively.

    Learn more: https://www.nfwf.org/conservationpartners/Pages/home.aspx
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Non-profit 501(c) Organizations, Farmer and Commodity-led Organizations, Educational Institutions, Tribal Governments, and State or Local units of Government
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact:
  • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

    • Landowner Benefit: Rental Payment
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), an offshoot of the Conservation Reserve Program, targets high-priority conservation issues identified by government and non-governmental organizations. While both programs focus on environmentally sensitive…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), an offshoot of the Conservation Reserve Program, targets high-priority conservation issues identified by government and non-governmental organizations. While both programs focus on environmentally sensitive land, CREP is a partnership between state governments and the federal government. This partnership is in place to address high priority conservation concerns. Farmland that falls under these conservation issues is removed from production in exchange for annual rental payments.  Land cannot be enrolled in CREP if your state does not have a CREP agreement.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/conservation-reserve-enhancement/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Rental Payment
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

    • Landowner Benefit: Rental Payment
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Conservation Reserve Program pays a yearly rental payment in exchange for farmers removing environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and planting species that will improve environmental quality. Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/conservation-reserve-program/index
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Conservation Reserve Program pays a yearly rental payment in exchange for farmers removing environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and planting species that will improve environmental quality. 

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/conservation-reserve-program/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Rental Payment
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producer
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) –Transition Incentives Program (TIP)

    • Landowner Benefit: Rental Payment
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Transition Incentive Program (TIP) provides annual payments for an additional two years beyond the expiration of a Conservation Reserve Program contract to participants who sell their land, or lease…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Transition Incentive Program (TIP) provides annual payments for an additional two years beyond the expiration of a Conservation Reserve Program contract to participants who sell their land, or lease it long-term, to a beginning, veteran, or socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has developed a website to provide a tool to connect retired or retiring land owners or operators with beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers who are interested in the Transition Incentives Program. For more information, please visit FSA's TIP Net.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/transition-incentives/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Rental Payment
    Applicant Eligibility
    Retiring Landowners and Operators
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

    • Landowner Benefit: Other
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities that will address priority resource concerns. Participants earn CSP payments…
    Agency
    • USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
    Description
    The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities that will address priority resource concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance—the higher the performance, the higher the payment. 

    Learn more: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/csp/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Other
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners, Agricultural Producers and Indian Tribes
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local NRCS office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Center locator.
  • Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) Program provides landowners with the conservation technology and delivery systems needed to achieve the benefits of a healthy and productive landscape.  CTA helps landowners address…
    Agency
    • USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
    Description
    The Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) Program provides landowners with the conservation technology and delivery systems needed to achieve the benefits of a healthy and productive landscape.  CTA helps landowners address opportunities, concerns, and problems related to the use of natural resources and helps landowners make sound natural resource management decisions on private, tribal, and other non-federal lands.

    Learn more: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/technical/cta/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local NRCS office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Center locator.
  • Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act), Conservation Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Nationwide
    Section 6 Conservation Grants provide financial assistance to states and territories to implement conservation projects for listed species and at-risk species. Funded activities include habitat restoration, species status surveys, public…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    Section 6 Conservation Grants provide financial assistance to states and territories to implement conservation projects for listed species and at-risk species. Funded activities include habitat restoration, species status surveys, public education and outreach, captive propagation and reintroduction, nesting surveys, genetic studies, and development of management plans. States and territories must contribute a minimum non-federal match of 25 percent of the estimated program costs of approved projects, or 10 percent when two or more states or territories implement a joint project.

    Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    States or Territories that have entered into cooperative agreements with USFWS for endangered and threatened species conservation
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your Regional USFWS Program Contact.
  • Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act), Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Nationwide
    Section 6 Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants provide funds to states and territories to support the development of Habitat Conservation Plans through support of baseline surveys and inventories, document preparation,…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    Section 6 Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants provide funds to states and territories to support the development of Habitat Conservation Plans through support of baseline surveys and inventories, document preparation, outreach, and similar planning activities. States and territories must contribute a minimum non-federal match of 25 percent of the estimated program costs of approved projects, or 10 percent when two or more states or territories implement a joint project.

    Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    States or Territories that have entered into cooperative agreements with USFWS for endangered and threatened species conservation
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your Regional USFWS Program Contact.
  • Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act), Habitat Conservation Planning Land Acquisition Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Nationwide
    Section 6 Habitat Conservation Planning Land Acquisition Grants provide funding to states and territories to acquire land associated with approved Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP). Grants do not fund the mitigation…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    Section 6 Habitat Conservation Planning Land Acquisition Grants provide funding to states and territories to acquire land associated with approved Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP). Grants do not fund the mitigation required of an HCP permittee; instead, they support land acquisition by the State or local governments that complement mitigation. States and territories must contribute a minimum non-federal match of 25 percent of the estimated program costs of approved projects, or 10 percent when two or more states or territories implement a joint project.

    Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    States or Territories that have entered into cooperative agreements with the Service for endangered and threatened species conservation
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your regional program contact. A list contacts can be found at the regional contact page.
  • Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act), Recovery Land Acquisition Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Nationwide
    Section 6 Recovery Land Acquisition Grants provide funds to states and territories for the acquisition of habitat for endangered and threatened species in support of draft and approved recovery plans.…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    Section 6 Recovery Land Acquisition Grants provide funds to states and territories for the acquisition of habitat for endangered and threatened species in support of draft and approved recovery plans. Acquisition of habitat to secure long-term protection is often an essential element of a comprehensive recovery effort for a listed species. States and territories must contribute a minimum non-federal match of 25 percent of the estimated program costs of approved projects, or 10 percent when two or more states or territories implement a joint project.

    Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    States or Territories that have entered into cooperative agreements with the Service for endangered and threatened species conservation
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your regional program contact. A list contacts can be found at the regional contact page.
  • Cooperative Funding Initiative Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    The Southwest Florida Water Management District Cooperative Funding Initiative Program provides a cost-share of up to 50 percent reimbursement for projects that address water supply, flood protection, water quality, or…
    Agency
    • Southwest Florida Water Management District
    Description
    The Southwest Florida Water Management District Cooperative Funding Initiative Program provides a cost-share of up to 50 percent reimbursement for projects that address water supply, flood protection, water quality, or natural systems. Projects designed to further the implementation of the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Strategic Plan, Water Management Plan, Comprehensive Watershed Management Plans, Surface Water Improvement and Management Plans, and Regional Water Supply Plan receive priority. The program may provide funding to assist with the cost of data collection; research; feasibility studies; conservation and environmental education initiatives; ecosystem restoration; water resource investigation and plan development; and design, permitting and construction of capital projects.

    Learn more: https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/business/finance/cooperative-funding-initiative
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Counties and Municipalities), Water Supply Authorities, and Other Entities
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Contacts by County
    Frank Gargano
    Southwest Florida Water Management District
    (352) 796-7211

    Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Levy, Marion, Sumter (Brooksville Headquarters)
    Joel Brown
    Southwest Florida Water Management District
    (813) 985-7481

    Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas (Tampa Service Office)
    Cindy Rodriguez
    Southwest Florida Water Management District
    (863) 534-1448

    Hardee, Highlands, Polk (Bartow Service Office)
    Dennis Ragosta
    Southwest Florida Water Management District
    (941) 377-3722

    Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, Sarasota (Sarasota Service Office)
  • Cooperative Funding Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    The South Florida Water Management District Cooperative Funding Program provides funding for alternative water supply and water conservation projects. For the alternative water supply component of the program, the program…
    Agency
    • South Florida Water Management District
    Description
    The South Florida Water Management District Cooperative Funding Program provides funding for alternative water supply and water conservation projects. For the alternative water supply component of the program, the program supports the development of alternative water supply projects that will diversify the supply while reducing dependence on freshwater resources. Examples of alternative water supply projects include aquifer storage and recovery, reclaimed water plant expansions and transmission mains, reverse osmosis plants, and brackish water supply wells. The water conservation component of the program supports water conservation efforts of public and private water providers and users. Examples of water conservation projects include high-efficiency indoor plumbing retrofits and/or rebates; automatic line flushing devices and/or hydrant flushing devices; pre-rinse spray valves; and irrigation retrofits, including soil moisture sensors, rain sensors, and irrigation head upgrades.

    Learn more: https://www.sfwmd.gov/doing-business-with-us/coop-funding
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments, Special Districts, Water Supply Authorities, Agricultural Water Users, Commercial Water Users, Industrial Water Users, Institutional Water Users, and Homeowner Associations
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Stacey Adams
    South Florida Water Management District
    (561) 682-2577
  • Crop Insurance

    • Landowner Benefit: Insurance
    • Location: Nationwide
    Crop Insurance protects agricultural producers against crop losses resulting from natural causes. The program, administered by the Risk Management Agency (RMA), offers several different plans for crops and livestock. Availability…
    Agency
    • USDA, Risk Management Agency (RMA)
    Description
    Crop Insurance protects agricultural producers against crop losses resulting from natural causes. The program, administered by the Risk Management Agency (RMA), offers several different plans for crops and livestock. Availability of these crop policy plans varies by state and county. For a listing of insurance companies offering crop insurance coverage, visit RMA Agent Locator.

    Learn more: https://www.rma.usda.gov/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Insurance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact the Risk Management Agency at:
  • Dairy Margin Coverage Program (DMC)

    • Landowner Benefit: Disaster Relief
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program is a voluntary risk management program for dairy producers. DMC replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy. DMC continues to offer protection to dairy…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program is a voluntary risk management program for dairy producers. DMC replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy. DMC continues to offer protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all milk price and the average feed price falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/dairy-margin-coverage-program/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Disaster Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Dairy Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Dairy Wastewater System Improvement Cost-Share Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    The Suwannee River Dairy Wastewater System Improvement Cost-Share Program provides funding to dairy producers interested in projects designed to conserve water and/or nutrients through upgrades to their wastewater systems.Learn more:…
    Agency
    • Suwannee River Water Management District
    Description
    The Suwannee River Dairy Wastewater System Improvement Cost-Share Program provides funding to dairy producers interested in projects designed to conserve water and/or nutrients through upgrades to their wastewater systems.

    Learn more: www.srwmd.state.fl.us/366/Agricultural-Cost-Share-Program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Dairy Producers
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Suwannee River Water Management District
    (386) 362-1001
  • Delaware Agricultural Land Preservation Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Agricultural Land Preservation Program protects agricultural lands by purchasing development rights from landowners. The program allows landowners to preserve farmland by engaging in a two-phase process. The first…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Delaware Agricultural Land Preservation Program protects agricultural lands by purchasing development rights from landowners. The program allows landowners to preserve farmland by engaging in a two-phase process. The first phase involves establishing an Agricultural Preservation District--a ten-year agreement where the landowner can only use the land for agriculture. During this phase, other parties may purchase an Agricultural Preservation District through a contingent sale application that exempts participants in the transaction from realty transfer tax if certain conditions are met. The second phase allows landowners to sell their development rights if they choose. If a landowner chooses to permanently preserve the farmland, then the agreement is replaced by a permanent agricultural easement.

    Learn more: https://agriculture.delaware.gov/agland-preservation-planning/the-preservation-program/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Austin Short
    Department of Agriculture
    Deputy Secretary/Program Manager
    (302) 698-4505
  • Delaware Coastal Programs

    • Landowner Benefits: Grant, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Coastal Programs offer financial and technical assistance to local governments and other entities who want to preserve and manage Delaware’s costal and ocean resources. More specifically, the Coastal…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Description
    The Delaware Coastal Programs offer financial and technical assistance to local governments and other entities who want to preserve and manage Delaware’s costal and ocean resources. More specifically, the Coastal Training Program provides technical assistance and training to local governments to help them better understand strategies for addressing climate change resilience challenges and wetland restoration. The Resilient Community Partnership provides grants and technical assistance to local governments that are geared toward helping communities deal with coastal and climate hazards more effectively. This assistance helps communities assess their vulnerabilities, prioritize potential planning and adaption options, and implement resilience plans.

    Learn more: https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/coastal-programs/planning-training/
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments and Other Entities
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Kelly Valencik
    Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Delaware Coastal Programs
    (302) 735.3417
  • Delaware Community Water Quality Improvement Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Community Water Quality Improvement Grant is a subprogram of the Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund that is designed to support projects that improve water quality in Delaware…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Description
    The Delaware Community Water Quality Improvement Grant is a subprogram of the Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund that is designed to support projects that improve water quality in Delaware watersheds that have been designated as impaired. The projects must enhance water quality as part of a watershed improvement plan. Each project requires a 25 percent match, which may be sourced from federal, state, or local funds. Eligible projects include stream and wetland restoration and the development of new best management practices.

    Learn more: https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/environmental-finance/community-water-quality-improvement/
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Delaware Nonprofit Organizations, Local Conservation Districts, Educational Institutions, Community Organizations, and Homeowner Associations
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Sharon Webb
    Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Division of Watershed Stewardship
    (302) 739-9922
  • Delaware Cost-Share Programs

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Forest Service offers several cost-share programs to private landowners for a variety of projects, including tree planting and timber stand improvement. The Service cooperates and coordinates with the…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Delaware Forest Service offers several cost-share programs to private landowners for a variety of projects, including tree planting and timber stand improvement. The Service cooperates and coordinates with the United States Department of Agriculture to implement these programs. Available programs include the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, the Federal Environmental Quality Improvement Program, and the State of Delaware Forestry Cost-Share Program.

    Learn more: https://agriculture.delaware.gov/forest-service/landowner-assistance/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Samuel L. Topper
    Department of Agriculture
    Senior Forester
    Wood Utilization & Marketing Specialist
    (302) 856-2893
  • Delaware Forest Stewardship Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Forest Stewardship Program provides private landowners with assistance to help sustainably manage their forestland properties. The Department will send a forester to visit the land and discuss resource…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Delaware Forest Stewardship Program provides private landowners with assistance to help sustainably manage their forestland properties. The Department will send a forester to visit the land and discuss resource management objectives. After the objectives are discussed, the forester will prepare a Forest Stewardship Plan. The Forest Stewardship Plans provide guidance on how landowners can achieve objectives, such as increased production of timber or wildlife and riparian habitat enhancement.

    Learn more: https://agriculture.delaware.gov/forest-service/forest-stewardship/
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Samuel L. Topper
    Department of Agriculture
    Senior Forester
    Wood Utilization & Marketing Specialist
    (302) 856-2893
  • Delaware Free Forest Management Plans Timber Harvest Assistance

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Forest Service helps landowners develop management plans for woodlots. The Service can conduct a forest inventory, supervise reforestation and timber stand improvement projects, and assist with timber sales…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Delaware Forest Service helps landowners develop management plans for woodlots. The Service can conduct a forest inventory, supervise reforestation and timber stand improvement projects, and assist with timber sales by providing sample timber sale contracts and lists of potential buyers. The Forest Service maintains a list of consultants that appraise the timber value of the landowner’s property.

    Learn more: https://agriculture.delaware.gov/forest-service/landowner-assistance/
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Samuel L. Topper
    Department of Agriculture
    Senior Forester
    Wood Utilization & Marketing Specialist
    (302) 856-2893
  • Delaware Land Conservation Loan Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Land Conservation Loan Program allows municipalities who have wastewater projects on the fundable portion of the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund Project Priority List to enter into sponsorship…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Description
    The Delaware Land Conservation Loan Program allows municipalities who have wastewater projects on the fundable portion of the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund Project Priority List to enter into sponsorship agreements with partners like the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Eligible projects include conservation easements and land purchases. Projects must conserve forestland, open space, or wetlands, and they must be managed in perpetuity.

    Learn more: https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/environmental-finance/land-conservation/
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Municipalities
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Carla Cassell-Carter
    Acting Chief of Administration
    Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Environmental Finance
    (302) 739-9941
  • Delaware Landowner Incentive Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Landowner Incentive Program provides both financial assistance and technical assistance to private landowners who want to develop or enhance wetland, riparian forest, and grassland habitat designed to benefit…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Description
    The Delaware Landowner Incentive Program provides both financial assistance and technical assistance to private landowners who want to develop or enhance wetland, riparian forest, and grassland habitat designed to benefit threatened or at-risk species. Financial and technical assistance are offered in several categories including wetlands restoration and enhancement, upland early successional habitat enhancement, reforestation and selective thinning, and invasive species control. The program offers two types of financial assistance: cost-sharing and conservation easements. For restoration efforts on agricultural lands, landowners may receive $146.52 per year in compensation. The Department also offers technical assistance to private landowners who are interested in restoring or protecting their property.

    Learn more: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/dplap/services/LIP/Pages/LIP%20Practices%20Available.aspx
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Jason Davis
    Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    (302) 735-3600
  • Delaware Open Space Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Tax Relief
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Open Space Program coordinates the state’s efforts to acquire ecologically valuable land for conservation. The program accepts permanent conservation easements; uses private, federal, and state funds to purchase…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Description
    The Delaware Open Space Program coordinates the state’s efforts to acquire ecologically valuable land for conservation. The program accepts permanent conservation easements; uses private, federal, and state funds to purchase lands to expand state parks and preserves; and encourages land donations by promoting tax benefits and estate planning tools.

    Learn more: https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/parks/open-space/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private and Public Landowners
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Robert Ehemann
    Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Outdoor Recreation Planner
  • Delaware Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Trails Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Outdoor Recreation Parks & Trails Program is a matching grant program that acquires land and provides funding for development to improve and expand public parkland and outdoor recreation…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Description
    The Delaware Outdoor Recreation Parks & Trails Program is a matching grant program that acquires land and provides funding for development to improve and expand public parkland and outdoor recreation facilities. Eligible projects include land acquisition, planning and design of parks or trails, and construction of outdoor recreation facilities. The acquired land must permanently be used for public outdoor recreation. Staff from the Division of Parks and Recreation provides technical assistance to local agencies and other entities.

    Learn more: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/parks/Services/Pages/Grants.aspx
    Category
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities and Counties), and Park Districts
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Robert Ehemann
    Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Outdoor Recreation Planner
  • Delaware Property Tax Exemptions (Commercial Forest Plantation Act)

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Delaware
    The Commercial Forest Plantation Act gives landowners a property tax exemption for forests that are managed for timber production. The exemption lasts 30 years but must be renewed if the…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Commercial Forest Plantation Act gives landowners a property tax exemption for forests that are managed for timber production. The exemption lasts 30 years but must be renewed if the ownership or rights to the land change. Landowners must have a Forest Management Plan approved by staff from the Delaware Forest Service in order to receive a property tax exemption. The landowner must follow the Plan. Application forms must be completed by a Delaware Forest Service forester.

    Learn more: https://agriculture.delaware.gov/forest-service/landowner-assistance/
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Samuel L. Topper
    Senior Forester
    Wood Utilization & Marketing Specialist
    (302) 856-2893
  • Delaware Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Delaware Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” Funding is available for projects that address consumer or producer education, food safety, marketing and promotion, pests and plant health, and research. The program is administered by the Delaware Department of Agriculture, and it is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

    Learn more: https://agriculture.delaware.gov/communications-marketing/specialty-crop-block-grant-program/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Individual Producers, Producer Groups, Organizations and Associations, State and Local Organizations, and Academia
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Jo-Ann Walston
    Department of Agriculture
    (302) 698-4592
  • Delaware State Revolving Agricultural Nonpoint Source Loan Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Delaware
    The State Revolving Agricultural Nonpoint Source Loan Program provides low interest funds to help farmers manage dairy parlor waste and manure, dead poultry, poultry manure, and other sources of dairy…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Description
    The State Revolving Agricultural Nonpoint Source Loan Program provides low interest funds to help farmers manage dairy parlor waste and manure, dead poultry, poultry manure, and other sources of dairy and poultry related pollution. The program is aimed to help farmers manage poultry and dairy related waste in a both environmentally friendly and cost-effective manner. Applicants for managing poultry waste must have a grower contract with a poultry integrator company that has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to participate in the program. Applicants for managing diary waste must have a producer or supplier contract with a dairy cooperative or milk processor that has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to participate in the program.

    Learn more: https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/environmental-finance/dairy-loans/

    https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/environmental-finance/poultry-loans/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Dairy and Poultry Producers
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Sharon Webb
    Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Division of Watershed Stewardship
    (302) 739-9922
  • Delaware Surface Water Matching Planning Grant

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Surface Water Matching Planning Grants provide funding for projects that help manage water pollution for nonpoint and point sources. The program assists eligible entities plan and develop surface…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Description
    The Delaware Surface Water Matching Planning Grants provide funding for projects that help manage water pollution for nonpoint and point sources. The program assists eligible entities plan and develop surface water projects. Eligible projects include restoring streams and wetlands, studying small watersheds, and developing surface water and drainage plans. The main goal of the program is to improve water quality in impaired watersheds. The program is a set aside in the Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund Non-Federal Administrative Account.

    Learn more: https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/environmental-finance/surface-water-planning-grants/
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Counties and Municipalities), Government agencies, Governmental Subdivisions and Programs
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Jim Sullivan
    Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Division of Watershed Stewardship
    State Street Commons
    (302) 739-9922
  • Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Grant, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Urban and Community Forest Grant Program provides grant opportunities and technical assistance. The grant program is available for eligible entities to implement tree projects on public lands. Projects…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Delaware Urban and Community Forest Grant Program provides grant opportunities and technical assistance. The grant program is available for eligible entities to implement tree projects on public lands. Projects may include planting trees or conducting tree inventories. Forest Service staff provide technical assistance to cities, towns, and communities to help them develop and maintain urban forests.

    Learn more: http://delaware.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/61194454e0d54df8b71926a6f88963fe
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities and Towns), Community Groups, Homeowner Associations, and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Kesha Braunskill
    Department of Agriculture
  • Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund

    • Landowner Benefits: Grant, Loan
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund provides loans and grants using federal seed grants and matching state funds to finance projects that provide water quality benefits. Eligible projects include…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Description
    The Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund provides loans and grants using federal seed grants and matching state funds to finance projects that provide water quality benefits. Eligible projects include municipal wastewater treatment, nonpoint source pollution abatement, watershed protection, restoration, and estuary management. The Department prepares a Project Priority List that ranks the proposed projects according to anticipated benefit to water quality in the state. The amount of funding, the priority ranking of each proposal, and the readiness of the project’s participants to begin the project determine which projects are selected.

    Learn more: https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/environmental-finance/revolving-fund/
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant, Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Municipalities, Private Organizations, Nonprofit Organizations and Private Individuals
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Greg Pope
    Acting Chief of Administration
    Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Environmental Finance
    (302) 739-9941
  • Delaware Water Quality Improvement Loan Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Water Quality Improvement Loan Program issues loans to fund projects that improve water quality. Eligible projects include the establishment and restoration of riparian areas, wetlands, shorelines, floodplains, and…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Description
    The Delaware Water Quality Improvement Loan Program issues loans to fund projects that improve water quality. Eligible projects include the establishment and restoration of riparian areas, wetlands, shorelines, floodplains, and other habitats; the outright purchase of wetlands, forested lands, or agricultural lands; the purchase of conservation easements for wetlands, forested lands, or agricultural lands; and the development of urban forestry programs. In addition, projects must have proven water quality benefits. Projects must be managed for the entire course of the improvement. The program allocates money from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and fulfills the requirements of Section 319 Clean Water Act.

    Learn more: https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/environmental-finance/water-quality-improvement/
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities and Towns)
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Carla Cassell-Carter
    Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Environmental Finance
    Acting Chief of Administration
    (302) 739-9941
  • Delaware Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Education and Training, Other, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program is designed to assess the condition, or health, of wetlands and the functions and ecosystem benefits that wetlands provide. This information is used…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Description
    The Delaware Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program is designed to assess the condition, or health, of wetlands and the functions and ecosystem benefits that wetlands provide. This information is used to inform the citizens of Delaware and to improve existing education, restoration, protection, and land use planning efforts. The Delaware Wetland Monitoring Strategy will guide future efforts of the program in the areas of protocol development, wetland monitoring and assessment activities, research, and application of information.

    Learn more: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Admin/DelawareWetlands/Pages/Wetland-Monitoring-and-Assessment.aspx
    Category
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Education and Training, Other, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    General Public
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Alison Rogerson
    Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    (302) 739-9939
  • Delaware Young Farmers Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Delaware
    The Delaware Young Farmers Program helps qualified beginning or young farmers purchase farmland for sustainable agricultural uses. The program offers a 30-year, no interest loan to help young farmers purchase…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Delaware Young Farmers Program helps qualified beginning or young farmers purchase farmland for sustainable agricultural uses. The program offers a 30-year, no interest loan to help young farmers purchase farmland. Eligible applicants must be 18 to 40 years of age with at least 3 years farming experience.

    Learn more: https://agriculture.delaware.gov/agland-preservation-planning/young-farmers-program/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Austin Short
    Department of Agriculture
    Deputy Secretary/Program Manager
    (302) 698-4505
  • Dispersed Water Management Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    The South Florida Water Management District Dispersed Water Management Program encourages private landowners to retain water on their land, accept and detain regional runoff for storage, or both. Landowners may…
    Agency
    • South Florida Water Management District
    Description
    The South Florida Water Management District Dispersed Water Management Program encourages private landowners to retain water on their land, accept and detain regional runoff for storage, or both. Landowners may participate in the program through cost share cooperative projects, easements, or payments for environmental services.

    Learn more: https://www.sfwmd.gov/our-work/water-storage-strategies
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Ansley Marr
    South Florida Water Management District
    (561) 682-6419
  • Districtwide Agricultural Cost-Share Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    The St. Johns River Districtwide Agricultural Cost-Share Program provides funding for water conservation and run-off nutrient reduction projects. Eligible projects include surface drip irrigation, center pivot or linear move overhead,…
    Agency
    • St. Johns River Water Management District
    Description
    The St. Johns River Districtwide Agricultural Cost-Share Program provides funding for water conservation and run-off nutrient reduction projects. Eligible projects include surface drip irrigation, center pivot or linear move overhead, center pivot retrofits, expanded waste storage, soil moisture/climate sensor telemetry, fertilizer application equipment with GPS, micro-Irrigation, irrigation/drain tile, tailwater recovery and reuse, over saran irrigation (freeze protection), precision agriculture equipment, variable frequency drive for pumps, and other conservation/quality projects that meet program objectives. Participants must enroll in applicable Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services best management practices.

    Learn more: https://www.sjrwmd.com/localgovernments/funding/#agriculture-2019
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Dale Jenkins
    St. Johns River Water Management District
    (386) 312-2304

    Mark Brandenburg
    St. Johns River Water Management District
    (407) 659-4806
  • Districtwide Cost-Share Funding Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    The St. Johns River Water Management District Districtwide Cost-Share Funding Program provides funding to assist with the construction cost of projects. Projects designed to further the implementation of the St.…
    Agency
    • St. Johns River Water Management District
    Description
    The St. Johns River Water Management District Districtwide Cost-Share Funding Program provides funding to assist with the construction cost of projects. Projects designed to further the implementation of the St. John’s River Water Management District’s Core Mission Areas, Strategic Plan, Water Management Program, Surface Water Improvement and Management Plans, and Regional Water Supply Plan receive priority. The program may provide funding for up to 33 percent of the construction costs for selected alternative water supply, water quality, flood protection, and natural systems projects and up to 50 percent of the construction costs for water conservation projects. Projects may span a maximum of two years from the start of construction.

    Learn more: https://www.sjrwmd.com/localgovernments/funding/#FY2019-2020-general
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Counties and Municipalities), Water Supply Authorities, Public Entities, and Private Entities
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Dale Jenkins
    St. Johns River Water Management District
    (386) 312-2304

    Mark Brandenburg
    St. Johns River Water Management District
    (407) 659-4806
  • Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm Raised Fish Program (ELAP)

    • Landowner Benefit: Disaster Relief
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm Raised Fish Program provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish. It covers losses due to an eligible…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm Raised Fish Program provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish. It covers losses due to an eligible adverse weather or loss condition, including blizzards, disease (including cattle tick fever), water shortages, and wildfires.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/emergency-assist-for-livestock-honey-bees-fish/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Disaster Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)

    • Landowner Benefits: Cost-Share Payments, Disaster Relief, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to restore farmland damaged by natural disasters and for emergency water conservation measures in severe droughts. …
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to restore farmland damaged by natural disasters and for emergency water conservation measures in severe droughts.  The ECP does this by giving ranchers and farmers funding and assistance to repair the damaged farmland or to install methods for water conservation.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/emergency-conservation/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments, Disaster Relief, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Emergency Farm Loan Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Disaster Relief, Loan
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Emergency Farm Loan Program is triggered when a natural disaster is designated by the Secretary of Agriculture or a natural disaster or emergency is declared by the President under the Stafford…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Emergency Farm Loan Program is triggered when a natural disaster is designated by the Secretary of Agriculture or a natural disaster or emergency is declared by the President under the Stafford Act. These loans help producers who suffer qualifying farm-related losses directly caused by the disaster in a county declared or designated as a primary disaster or quarantine area. In addition, farmers located in counties that are contiguous to the declared, designated, or quarantined area may qualify for Emergency loans.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/emergency-farm-loans/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Disaster Relief, Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP)

    • Landowner Benefits: Cost-Share Payments, Disaster Relief, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP), which is very similar to the Emergency Conservation Program, provides funding to restore privately owned forests damaged by natural disasters. The EFRP does this…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP), which is very similar to the Emergency Conservation Program, provides funding to restore privately owned forests damaged by natural disasters. The EFRP does this by authorizing payments to owners of private forests to restore disaster-damaged forests.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/emergency-forest-restoration/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments, Disaster Relief, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Nonindustrial Private Forest Owners
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

    • Landowner Benefits: Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides technical and financial assistance to eligible agricultural producers to address soil, water, air, and related natural resource concerns on agricultural land and non-industrial…
    Agency
    • USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
    Description
    The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides technical and financial assistance to eligible agricultural producers to address soil, water, air, and related natural resource concerns on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. EQIP provides payments up to 75 percent of the incurred costs and income foregone of certain conservation practices and activities. However, certain historically under-served producers may receive up to 90 percent of the incurred costs and income foregone and be eligible for advance payments up to 50 percent of the cost needed to purchase materials or contracting services to begin installation of approved conservation practices. Farmers and ranchers may elect to use a certified Technical Service Provider for technical assistance needed for certain eligible activities and services.

    Learn more: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/eqip/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local NRCS office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Center locator.
  • Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    The Southwest Florida Water Management District Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems Program is a cost-share program that provides funding incentives to agricultural landowners for the implementation of best management practices…
    Agency
    • Southwest Florida Water Management District
    Description
    The Southwest Florida Water Management District Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems Program is a cost-share program that provides funding incentives to agricultural landowners for the implementation of best management practices (BMP). The purpose of the program is to expedite the implementation of production-scale, best management practices in the agricultural sector, which will result in reductions in groundwater withdrawals and improvements in water quality, water resources, and ecology. The program is implemented by the South Florida Water Management District in cooperation with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Eligible projects include implementation of BMPs that reduce withdrawals from the Upper Floridan aquifer or from any combination of ground, surface, or reclaimed water sources and have a cost-benefit that is equal to or less than the Model Farms Costs: BMPs that improve ground or surface water quality impacted by ground water withdrawals: BMPs that improve natural system functions within the Upper Myakka River Watershed: and BMPs that reduce frost/freeze protection withdrawals authorized by a District Water Use Permit from the Upper Floridan aquifer within a designated boundary.

    Learn more: https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/business/agriculture/facilitating-agricultural-resource-management-systems-farms
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Chris Zajac
    Southwest Florida Water Management District
    (813) 985-7481, ext. 4413
  • Farm Operating Loans (Direct and Guaranteed)

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers farm operating loans to family farmers and ranchers to promote, build and sustain family farms in support of a thriving agricultural economy. FSA provides…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers farm operating loans to family farmers and ranchers to promote, build and sustain family farms in support of a thriving agricultural economy. FSA provides guaranteed and direct loans. Under a guaranteed loan, a commercial lender makes and services the loan, and FSA guarantees it against loss up to a maximum of 95 percent of loan value. For those not yet meeting the qualifications for a loan guarantee from a commercial lender, FSA also makes available direct loans, which are serviced by FSA. FSA has the responsibility of providing credit counseling and supervision to its direct borrowers by making a thorough assessment of the farming operation. The goal of FSA's farm loan programs is to graduate its borrowers to commercial credit. Once a farmer is able to obtain credit from the commercial lending sector, the agency's mission of providing temporary, supervised credit is complete.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/farm-operating-loans/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Farm Ownership Loans (Direct and Guaranteed)

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Nationwide
    Farm Ownership Loans help agricultural producers purchase or enlarge a farm or ranch, construct a new or improve an existing farm or ranch building, pay closing costs, and pay for…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    Farm Ownership Loans help agricultural producers purchase or enlarge a farm or ranch, construct a new or improve an existing farm or ranch building, pay closing costs, and pay for soil and water conservation and protection. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides guaranteed and direct loans. Under a guaranteed loan, a commercial lender makes and services the loan, and FSA guarantees it against loss up to a maximum of 95 percent of loan value. For those not yet meeting the qualifications for a loan guarantee from a commercial lender, FSA also makes direct loans, which are serviced by an FSA Official. FSA has the responsibility of providing credit counseling and supervision to its direct borrowers by making a thorough assessment of the farming operation.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/farm-ownership-loans/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Farm Storage Facility Loans

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Nationwide
    Farm Storage Facility Loans provide low-interest financing to agricultural producers to build or upgrade facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include grains, oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, hay, honey, renewable biomass…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    Farm Storage Facility Loans provide low-interest financing to agricultural producers to build or upgrade facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include grains, oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, hay, honey, renewable biomass commodities, fruits and vegetables, floriculture, hops, maple sap, milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, eggs, meat/poultry (unprocessed), rye and aquaculture. Eligible facility types include grain bins, hay barns, bulk tanks, and facilities for cold storage. Drying and handling and storage equipment is also eligible, including storage and handling trucks. Eligible facilities and equipment may be new or used, permanently affixed or portable.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/price-support/facility-loans/farm-storage/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Farmable Wetlands Program (FWP)

    • Landowner Benefits: Cost-Share Payments, Rental Payment
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Farmable Wetlands Program (FWP) is designed to restore previously farmed wetlands and wetland buffer to improve both vegetation and water flow. FWP is a voluntary program to restore up…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Farmable Wetlands Program (FWP) is designed to restore previously farmed wetlands and wetland buffer to improve both vegetation and water flow. FWP is a voluntary program to restore up to one million acres of farmable wetlands and associated buffers. Participants must agree to restore the wetlands, establish plant cover, and to not use enrolled land for commercial purposes. Plant cover may include plants that are partially submerged or specific types of trees.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/farmable-wetlands/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments, Rental Payment
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Farmer’s Tax Guide

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Farmers Tax Guide is designed to offer Federal income tax credit to farmers. No application is needed to use this program. However, you must file your taxes using the…
    Agency
    • U.S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
    Description
    The Farmers Tax Guide is designed to offer Federal income tax credit to farmers. No application is needed to use this program. However, you must file your taxes using the guidelines in Publication 225. For more information, view Publication 225, Farmer’s Tax Guide online or www.irs.gov/forms.
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    N/A
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
  • Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program focuses on the stewardship and restoration of coastal, wetland, and riparian ecosystems across the country. The program requires the establishment and/or enhancement…
    Agency
    • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
    Description
    The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program focuses on the stewardship and restoration of coastal, wetland, and riparian ecosystems across the country. The program requires the establishment and/or enhancement of diverse partnerships and an education/outreach component that will help shape and sustain behavior to achieve conservation goals. Funding priorities for this program include on-the-ground wetland, riparian, in-stream and/or coastal habitat restoration; education and training activities, either through community outreach, participation and/or integration with K-12 environmental curriculum; ecological, educational and community benefits; and partnerships: Five Star projects engage a diverse group of community partners to achieve ecological and educational outcomes.

    Learn more: https://www.nfwf.org/fivestar/Pages/home.aspx
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Non-profit 501(c) Organizations, State Government Agencies, Local Governments, Municipal Governments, Indian Tribes, and Educational Institutions
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact:
  • Florida Beach Management Funding Assistance Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Beach Management Funding Assistance Program provides grants to local governments for the planning and implementation of beach and inlet management projects. Projects may protect upland structures and infrastructure,…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    Description
    The Florida Beach Management Funding Assistance Program provides grants to local governments for the planning and implementation of beach and inlet management projects. Projects may protect upland structures and infrastructure, provide critical habitat for threatened and endangered species, provide recreational opportunities, and support local economies through tourism.

    Learn more: https://floridadep.gov/water/beaches-funding-program
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Rob Buda
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-8336
  • Florida Conservation Property Tax Assessments

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Florida
    Florida provides a conservation assessment for land used for conservation. The owner must convey the development right of the land or establish a covenant for conservation purposes for a term…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Revenue
    Description
    Florida provides a conservation assessment for land used for conservation. The owner must convey the development right of the land or establish a covenant for conservation purposes for a term of not less than 10 years. The land must meet the requirements of a conservation easement, be designated as environmentally endangered by resolution of a municipality or county, be designated as conservation land in an adopted local comprehensive plan or be used for outdoor recreational or park purposes.

    Learn more: http://floridarevenue.com/property/Pages/Forms.aspx
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Florida Department of Revenue
    (850) 717-6570
  • Florida Conservation Property Tax Exemptions

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Florida
    Florida provides a full property tax exemption for land that is dedicated in perpetuity and used exclusively for conservation purposes. A partial exemption (up to 50 percent of the assessed…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Revenue
    Description
    Florida provides a full property tax exemption for land that is dedicated in perpetuity and used exclusively for conservation purposes. A partial exemption (up to 50 percent of the assessed value) is also available for land that is dedicated in perpetuity and used for allowed commercial purposes. Land that is comprised of less than 40 contiguous acres does not qualify for an exemption unless the land is used for conservation purposes to fulfill a clearly delineated state conservation policy and yield a significant public benefit as determined by the Acquisition and Restoration Council. In making a determination of public benefit, the Acquisition and Restoration Council must give particular consideration to land that contains a natural sinkhole or natural spring that serves a water recharge or production function; contains a unique geological feature; provides habitat for endangered or threatened species; provides nursery habitat for marine and estuarine species; provides protection or restoration of vulnerable coastal areas; preserves natural shoreline habitat; or provides retention of natural open space in otherwise densely built-up areas.

    Learn more: http://floridarevenue.com/property/Pages/Forms.aspx
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Florida Department of Revenue
    (850) 717-6570
  • Florida Deepwater Horizon Program Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund

    • Landowner Benefit: Disaster Relief
    • Location: Florida
    The National Fish and Wildlife Federation’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund supports projects that remedy harm to natural resources (habitats and species) affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Department…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Environmental Protection Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    Description
    The National Fish and Wildlife Federation’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund supports projects that remedy harm to natural resources (habitats and species) affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission work directly with the National Fish and Wildlife Federation to identify projects for Florida. After consultation with the Governor’s office, the Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission submit projects to the National Wildlife Federation for funding consideration. Funding is available for projects that restore and maintain the ecological functions of landscape-scale coastal habitats, restore and maintain the ecological integrity of priority coastal bays and estuaries, and replenish and protect living resources.

    Learn more: https://floridadep.gov/wra/deepwater-horizon
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Disaster Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Any Individual or Organization
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2836
  • Florida Deepwater Horizon Program Natural Resource Damage Assessment

    • Landowner Benefit: Disaster Relief
    • Location: Florida
    Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) funds are used to offset damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The NRDA goals include restoring and conserving habitat, restoring water quality, replenishing…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Environmental Protection Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Description
    Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) funds are used to offset damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The NRDA goals include restoring and conserving habitat, restoring water quality, replenishing and protecting coastal and marine resources, and providing and enhancing recreational opportunities. The Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in consultation with the Governor’s office, submit projects to the Florida Trustee Implementation Group for funding consideration. Example projects include stormwater improvements, pier construction, dune restoration, land acquisition, living shoreline projects, hydrologic restoration, and shorebird predation control.

    Learn more: https://floridadep.gov/wra/deepwater-horizon
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Disaster Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Any Individual or Organization
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2836
  • Florida Deepwater Horizon Program The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act)

    • Landowner Benefits: Disaster Relief, Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast Act of 2012 dedicates penalties to the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund for ecosystem restoration, economic…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    Description
    The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast Act of 2012 dedicates penalties to the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund for ecosystem restoration, economic recovery, and tourism promotion in the Gulf Coast region. The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council awards grants for projects under the Council-Selected Restoration Component (Bucket 2). The Governor’s office submits projects for Bucket 2 funding consideration. Example projects include stormwater improvements, wastewater projects, hydraulic restoration, living shorelines projects, and land acquisition.

    Learn more: https://floridadep.gov/wra/deepwater-horizon
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Disaster Relief, Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Any Individual or Organization
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2836
  • Florida Defense Infrastructure Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity coordinates and implements the Florida Defense Infrastructure Grant Program. The program provides grants for projects related to encroachment, transportation and access, utilities, communications, housing,…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
    Description
    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity coordinates and implements the Florida Defense Infrastructure Grant Program. The program provides grants for projects related to encroachment, transportation and access, utilities, communications, housing, environment, and security. Grants may be used for land purchases, easements, and other activities.

    Learn more: http://www.floridajobs.org/business-growth-and-partnerships/military-community-programs/florida-defense-infrastructure-grant-program
    Category
    • Community Resilience
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    State Government, Local Governments (Counties and Municipalities), and Special Districts
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Liz Miller
    Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
    (850) 717-8968
  • Florida Defense Reinvestment Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity coordinates and implements the Florida Defense Reinvestment Grant Program. The program provides grants for projects to support community-based activities that protect existing military installations,…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
    Description
    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity coordinates and implements the Florida Defense Reinvestment Grant Program. The program provides grants for projects to support community-based activities that protect existing military installations, diversify the economy of a defense-dependent community, or develop plans for the reuse of closed or realigned military installations. Eligible applicants include defense-dependent counties and cities and local economic development councils located within such communities

    Learn more: http://www.floridajobs.org/business-growth-and-partnerships/military-community-programs/florida-defense-reinvestment-grant-program
    Category
    • Community Resilience
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments and Local Economic Development Councils
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Liz Miller
    Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
    (850) 717-8968
  • Florida Forever Program Parks and Open Space Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Communities Trust administers the Parks and Open Space Program, which is funded through the Florida Forever Program. The Parks and Open Space Program provides grants for the acquisition…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Environmental Protection Florida Communities Trust
    Description
    The Florida Communities Trust administers the Parks and Open Space Program, which is funded through the Florida Forever Program. The Parks and Open Space Program provides grants for the acquisition of community-based projects, urban open spaces, parks, and greenways to implement local government comprehensive plans. Eligible applicants include local governments and nonprofit environmental organizations.

    Learn more: https://floridadep.gov/lands/land-and-recreation-grants/content/fct-florida-communities-trust-home
    Category
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments and Nonprofit Environmental Organizations
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Linda Reeves
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2501

    Contacts by County
    Bill Bibby
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2501

    Pam Lister
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2501

    Rita Ventry
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2501
  • Florida Gopher Tortoise Recipient Site Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Florida
    The Gopher Tortoise Recipient Site Program allows public and private landowners to certify their properties as gopher tortoise recipient sites. Recipient sites are lands where displaced tortoises may be relocated…
    Agency
    • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    Description
    The Gopher Tortoise Recipient Site Program allows public and private landowners to certify their properties as gopher tortoise recipient sites. Recipient sites are lands where displaced tortoises may be relocated using a permitting system created under the management plan. Landowners who have their lands certified as recipient sites may receive financial compensation from the donor site owner. Technical and financial assistance is available for several habitat management activities. Long-term protected recipient sites may qualify to receive up to four gopher tortoises per acre depending on site characteristics. Long-term protected recipient sites must be protected by a conservation easement. Short-term or unprotected recipient sites may qualify to receive up to two gopher tortoises per acre depending on site characteristics. Eligible applicants include public and private landowners with 40 acres of contiguous suitable uplands for long-term protected recipient sites or 25 acres of contiguous suitable uplands for short-term or unprotected recipient sites.

    Learn more: https://myfwc.com/license/wildlife/gopher-tortoise-permits/recipient-site/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    State Government, Local Governments, and Private Landowners
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    (850) 921-1031
  • Florida Historic Preservation Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Special Category Grant Program provides grants to assist major local, regional, and statewide efforts to preserve significant historic and archaeological resources; to assist major archaeological excavations or research…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of State
    Description
    The Florida Special Category Grant Program provides grants to assist major local, regional, and statewide efforts to preserve significant historic and archaeological resources; to assist major archaeological excavations or research projects; and to assist in the development and fabrication of major museum exhibits that will promote knowledge and appreciation of the history of Florida. Eligible project types include development projects, archeological research projects, museum exhibit projects, and acquisition of a single historic property or archaeological site or group of historic properties or archaeological sites. The maximum grant amount is $500,000.

    Learn more: https://dos.myflorida.com/historical/grants/special-category-grants/
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Public Entities (Counties, Municipalities, School Districts, Community Colleges, Colleges, Universities, and State Agencies) and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Timothy Knoepke
    Florida Department of State
    (850) 245-6333

  • Florida Historic Preservation Grant Program Florida Small Matching Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Small Matching Grant Program provides grants to assist local, regional, and statewide efforts to preserve significant historic and archaeological resources and to promote knowledge and appreciation of the…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of State
    Description
    The Florida Small Matching Grant Program provides grants to assist local, regional, and statewide efforts to preserve significant historic and archaeological resources and to promote knowledge and appreciation of the history of Florida. Eligible project types include survey projects, planning projects, National Register of Historic Places nomination projects, education and publication projects, main street projects, historical marker projects, and statewide special projects. The maximum grant amount is $50,000, depending on the project type.

    Learn more: https://dos.myflorida.com/historical/grants/small-matching-grants/
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Public Entities (Counties, Municipalities, School Districts, Community Colleges, Colleges, Universities, and State Agencies) and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Timothy Knoepke
    Florida Department of State
    (850) 245-6333

  • Florida Historic Property Tax Exemption

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Florida
    Florida allows counties and municipalities to adopt ordinances to allow a property tax exemption for up to 100 percent of the increase in assessed improvements resulting from an approved rehabilitation…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of State
    Description
    Florida allows counties and municipalities to adopt ordinances to allow a property tax exemption for up to 100 percent of the increase in assessed improvements resulting from an approved rehabilitation of a qualified historic property. The exemption may remain in effect for up to 10 years. The exemption applies only to the portion of the property tax levied by the unit of government granting the exemption.

    Learn more: https://dos.myflorida.com/historical/preservation/architectural-preservation-services/property-tax-exemption-for-historic-properties/
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Property Owners
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Florida Department of State
    (850) 487-2333
  • Florida Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Land and Recreation Grants staff administers grants to local governments through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF is a federal competitive program…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    Description
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Land and Recreation Grants staff administers grants to local governments through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF is a federal competitive program that provides grants for acquisition or development of land for public outdoor recreation.

    Learn more: https://floridadep.gov/lands/land-and-recreation-grants/content/lwcf-assistance
    Category
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    county governments, municipalities in Florida and other legally constituted local governmental entities with the responsibility for providing outdoor recreational sites and facilities for the general public
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    For more information, please contact the Land and Recreation Grants office at (850) 245-2501
  • Florida Landowner Assistance Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Landowner Assistance Program is a cooperative, voluntary effort among Florida private landowners, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and other partners to improve habitat conditions for fish…
    Agency
    • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    Description
    The Florida Landowner Assistance Program is a cooperative, voluntary effort among Florida private landowners, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and other partners to improve habitat conditions for fish and wildlife. The Landowner Assistance Program provides conservation plans and technical assistance for habitat management techniques. These techniques include prescribed burning, mechanical and chemical vegetation enhancements, wildlife openings, wetlands enhancement and restoration, native tree and grasses restoration, and nest box construction. In addition, the Landowner Assistance Program provides information about other available resources, including information about financial assistance and technical assistance from state agencies and federal agencies.

    Learn more: https://myfwc.com/conservation/special-initiatives/lap/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Anthony Grossman
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    (850) 410-5268

    Contacts by Region
    Arlo Kane
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    (850) 767-3616

    Northwest
    Ginger Morgan
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    (386) 758-0525

    North Central
    Mark Asleson
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    (352) 732-1225

    Northeast/South
    Luis Gonzalez
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    (863) 648-3200

    Southwest
  • Florida Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentive Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentive Program provides technical guidance and incentive payments to non-industrial private forest landowners for conducting certain approved forest management practices that help establish or…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    • Florida Forest Service
    Description
    The Florida Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentive Program provides technical guidance and incentive payments to non-industrial private forest landowners for conducting certain approved forest management practices that help establish or improve longleaf pine stands. To participate in the program, landowners must own 5 to 5,000 acres of land in designated counties. The program offers incentive payments for invasive exotic plant control, timber stand improvement, prescribed burning, longleaf understory native vegetation establishment, mechanical underbrush treatment, and longleaf pine seedling establishment. The practice must be maintained for at least 5 years.

    The program is administered by the Florida Forest Services, and it is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with support from the Southern Company, United State Department of Defense, United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Halliburton Company, and United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Learn more: https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/For-Landowners/Programs/Longleaf-Pine-Private-Landowner-Incentive-Program
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners (Private Individuals or Entities, Joint Owners, Nonprofit Organizations, or Corporations)
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection
    (850) 681-5874
    Contacts by County
    Florida County Foresters
    https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Our-Forests/Field-Operations/County-Foresters/Find-a-County-Forester
  • Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program provides grants to qualified local governmental entities to acquire or develop land for public outdoor recreation purposes. Land owned by a local governmental entity…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    Description
    The Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program provides grants to qualified local governmental entities to acquire or develop land for public outdoor recreation purposes. Land owned by a local governmental entity must be dedicated in perpetuity as an outdoor recreation site for the use and benefit of the general public. Land under control other than ownership, such as by lease, must be dedicated for a minimum period of 25 years. Eligible applicants include county governments, municipalities (incorporated cities, towns, or villages), and independent special districts of Florida with legal responsibility for the provision of outdoor recreational sites and facilities for use and benefit of the public.

    Learn more: https://floridadep.gov/lands/land-and-recreation-grants/content/frdap-assistance
    Category
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Counties and Municipalities) and Special Districts
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Linda Reeves
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2501

    Contacts by County
    Tamika Bass
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2501

    Alachua, Citrus, Collier, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jefferson, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Martin, Miami-Dade, Nassau, Ockeechobee, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Putnam, Seminole, Suwannee, Taylor, Wakulla
    Angie Bright
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2501

    Baker, Bay, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Highlands, Jackson, Lafayette, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, St. Lucie, Sumter, Volusia, Walton
    LaShae Grice
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2501

    Bradford, Calhoun, Clay, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Holmes, Liberty, Okaloosa, St. Johns, Union, Washington
  • Florida Rural and Family Lands Protection Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Rural and Family Lands Protection Program acquires perpetual agricultural land conservation easements to protect agricultural lands threatened by development. To qualify, agricultural land must protect the integrity and…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Description
    The Florida Rural and Family Lands Protection Program acquires perpetual agricultural land conservation easements to protect agricultural lands threatened by development. To qualify, agricultural land must protect the integrity and function of working landscapes, ensure opportunities for viable agricultural activities on working lands threatened by conversion to other uses, and meet at least one of the following public purposes: perpetuate open space on working lands that contain significant natural areas; protect, restore, or enhance water bodies, wetlands, watersheds, or aquifer recharge areas including uplands and springsheds; promote a more complete pattern of protection by establishing or maintaining buffers to natural areas, ecological greenways, and functioning ecosystems, while protecting military installations; or promote the restoration, enhancement, or management of species habitat, consistent with the purposes for which the easement is acquired.

    Learn more: https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Consumer-Resources/Protect-Our-Environment/Rural-and-Family-Lands-Protection-Program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    A. Keith Rowell
    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    (850) 681-5818

    Hank Vinson
    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    (850) 681-5828
  • Florida Safe Harbor Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Florida
    Florida’s Safe Harbor Program is a voluntary program for private landowners who want to manage their lands to provide habitat for imperiled species. The program is for state-listed species other…
    Agency
    • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    Description
    Florida’s Safe Harbor Program is a voluntary program for private landowners who want to manage their lands to provide habitat for imperiled species. The program is for state-listed species other than the red-cockaded woodpecker. The program provides private landowners with assurances against future land use restrictions if they manage their land to provide habitat for imperiled species. Landowners can develop their own agreements, or they can enroll in programmatic agreements administered by an agency or conservation organization.

    Learn more: https://myfwc.com/conservation/terrestrial/safe-harbor/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Tom Ostertag
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    (850) 488-3831
  • Florida Safe Harbor Program for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Florida
    Florida’s Safe Harbor Program for red-cockaded woodpeckers is a voluntary program for private landowners who want to manage their lands to support the recovery of the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.…
    Agency
    • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    Description
    Florida’s Safe Harbor Program for red-cockaded woodpeckers is a voluntary program for private landowners who want to manage their lands to support the recovery of the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. The program provides private landowners with assurances that no additional regulatory restrictions will result if the landowners are able to increase woodpecker populations on their properties. To participate in the program, a landowner enters into a Safe Harbor Agreement. If a landowner decides to no longer participate in the program, the landowner can cancel the Safe Harbor Agreement with a 60-day notice. The program is authorized through an agreement between the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission under the federal Endangered Species Act.

    Learn more: https://myfwc.com/conservation/terrestrial/rcw/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Rebecca Pfaller
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    (850) 488-3831
  • Florida Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program provides cost-share or incentive payments to non-industrial private forest landowners for conducting certain approved forest management practices that help prevent and…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    • Florida Forest Service
    Description
    The Florida Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program provides cost-share or incentive payments to non-industrial private forest landowners for conducting certain approved forest management practices that help prevent and reduce the occurrence of southern pine beetle infestations. To participate in the program, landowners must own 5 to 5,000 acres of land in designated counties. The approved practices include first pulpwood thinning, prescribed burning, mechanical underbrush treatment, and seedling establishment. The practice area must be maintained as a forest stand for at least 5 years. This program is administered by the Florida Forest Service and funded by the United States Forest Service.

    Learn more: https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Our-Forests/Forest-Health/Forest-Insects/Southern-Pine-Beetle/Southern-Pine-Beetle-Prevention
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners (Private Individuals or Entities) Joint Owners, Nonprofit Organizations, or Corporations)
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Jeffrey Eickwort
    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    (352) 395-4689
  • Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Description
    The Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” Funding is available for projects that address consumer or producer education, food safety, marketing and promotion, pests and plant health, and research. The program is administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and it is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

    Learn more: https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Business-Services/Grant-Opportunities/Florida-Specialty-Crop-Block-Grant-Program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations, Individuals, Public Entities, Commercial Entities, and Associations
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Joshua Johnson
    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    (850) 617-7340
  • Florida Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Specialty Crop Multi-State Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through collaborative, multi-state projects. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits,…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Description
    The Florida Specialty Crop Multi-State Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through collaborative, multi-state projects. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” Funding is available for collaborative, multi-state projects that address food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific common issues, and marketing and promotion. The program is administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and it is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

    Learn more: https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Business-Services/Grant-Opportunities/Florida-Specialty-Crop-Multi-State-Program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    State Government, Tribal Governments, Individuals, Public Entities, Nonprofit Organizations, and Associations
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Joshua Johnson
    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    (850) 617-7340
  • Florida State Wildlife Grants Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Florida
    Florida's State Wildlife Grants Program is supported by the Federal, State, and Tribal Wildlife Grants Programs, which provide annually appropriated funding to every state and territory. The program provides grants…
    Agency
    • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    Description
    Florida's State Wildlife Grants Program is supported by the Federal, State, and Tribal Wildlife Grants Programs, which provide annually appropriated funding to every state and territory. The program provides grants for projects that address conservation needs identified in the State Wildlife Action Plan. Eligible applicants include persons affiliated with other state agencies, local government entities, educational facilities, organizations, or individuals. Individuals must partner with other state agencies.

    Learn more: https://myfwc.com/conservation/special-initiatives/fwli/grant/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    State Government, Local Governments, Individuals, Organizations, Private Landowners, and Education Facilities
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Andrea Alden
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    (850) 617-9558
  • Florida Statewide Endangered and Threatened Plant Conservation Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Statewide Endangered and Threatened Plant Conservation Program provides grants for projects to conserve federal- and state-regulated rare plants. The program issues small- to medium-size grants commonly ranging from…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    • Florida Forest Service
    Description
    The Florida Statewide Endangered and Threatened Plant Conservation Program provides grants for projects to conserve federal- and state-regulated rare plants. The program issues small- to medium-size grants commonly ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 per year. These grants are given as 75:25 matching funds. Each applicant is responsible for acquiring the project's match (25 percent) for the federal funds (75 percent). Eligible applicants include individuals and non-federal institutions. Projects are funded on an annual basis. The program is funded through grants from the Unites States Fish and Wildlife Service under Section 6 of the United States Endangered Species Act.

    Learn more: https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Business-Services/Grant-Opportunities/Florida-Statewide-Endangered-and-Threatened-Plant-Conservation-Program
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    State Government, Local Governments, and Private Landowners
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Michael Jenkins
    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    (850) 681-5876
  • Florida Tree Enhancement Programs

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Forest Service administers federal, state, and privately sponsored tree planting programs designed to assist private rural landowners and urban communities. Tree enhancement programs relate to maintaining native plant…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    • Florida Forest Service
    Description
    The Florida Forest Service administers federal, state, and privately sponsored tree planting programs designed to assist private rural landowners and urban communities. Tree enhancement programs relate to maintaining native plant species, including those providing for prescribed burning, treating non-native invasive plant species, site preparation, timber stand improvement, and other related practices.

    Learn more: https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Contacts by County
    Florida County Foresters
    https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Our-Forests/Field-Operations/County-Foresters/Find-a-County-Forester
  • Forest Legacy Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Forest Legacy Program (FLP) is a conservation program administered by the U.S. Forest Service in partnership with state agencies to encourage the protection of privately-owned forest lands through conservation…
    Agency
    • USDA, Forest Service (USFS)
    Description
    The Forest Legacy Program (FLP) is a conservation program administered by the U.S. Forest Service in partnership with state agencies to encourage the protection of privately-owned forest lands through conservation easements or land purchases. FLP projects must be at least 75 percent forested and located in landscapes that the state has designated as a Forest Legacy Areas.

    Learn more: https://www.fs.fed.us/managing-land/private-land/forest-legacy
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    State and Territorial Forestry Agencies
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact a Forest Legacy Program Manager or your Forest Legacy State Coordinator.
  • Forest Stewardship Program (FSP)

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Forest Stewardship Program works with state forestry agencies, cooperative extension, and conservation districts to connect landowners with the information and tools they need to manage their forests and woodlands.…
    Agency
    • USDA, Forest Service (USFS)
    Description
    The Forest Stewardship Program works with state forestry agencies, cooperative extension, and conservation districts to connect landowners with the information and tools they need to manage their forests and woodlands. Forestry professionals assist landowners in meeting their objectives to sustain healthy working forests for current and future generations.

    Learn more: https://www.fs.fed.us/managing-land/private-land/forest-stewardship
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Forest Landowners
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your Regional Community Forest Program contact or your Forest Stewardship Program State Coordinator.
  • Georgia 319 Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Georgia
    The Georgia 319 Grant Program is funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The program’s goal is to reduce nonpoint source pollution. The state awards grants for watershed restoration…
    Agency
    • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    The Georgia 319 Grant Program is funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The program’s goal is to reduce nonpoint source pollution. The state awards grants for watershed restoration projects, which include agricultural best management practices and cleanup of impaired streams. Grant projects must restore waterways which have been polluted by nonpoint source pollution.

    Learn more: https://epd.georgia.gov/section-319h-georgias-nonpoint-source-implementation-grant
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local governments, (Counties, Cities, Towns, Municipalities) Interstate/Intrastate Agencies, Educational Institutions, and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Joyce McClain
    Georgia Department of Natural Resources
    (404) 651-8525
  • Georgia Conservation Tax Credit Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Georgia
    The General Assembly created the Georgia Conservation Tax Credit to provide landowners with a financial incentive to donate land for conservation. Georgians seeking to help preserve natural resources can donate…
    Agency
    • Georgia Department of Revenue
    Description
    The General Assembly created the Georgia Conservation Tax Credit to provide landowners with a financial incentive to donate land for conservation. Georgians seeking to help preserve natural resources can donate a conservation easement to the state or an accredited land trust qualified organization and potentially qualify for credit against their state income tax. The State will only award up to $30 million in tax credits per calendar year, and the credit expires December 31.

    Learn more: https://gadnr.org/GCTCP
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Chris Canalos
    Georgia Department of Natural Resources
    Wildlife Resources Division
    (706) 557-3225
  • Georgia Development Authority

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Georgia
    The Georgia Development Authority serves as an agricultural lending alternative to traditional financial institutions. The Development Authority’s purpose is to provide accessible credit to farmers, a group which has been…
    Agency
    • Georgia Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Georgia Development Authority serves as an agricultural lending alternative to traditional financial institutions. The Development Authority’s purpose is to provide accessible credit to farmers, a group which has been traditionally underserved by financial institutions. The Development Authority provides farm loans to qualified applicants and makes credit more accessible to farmers. This program offers agribusiness loans to purchase land or equipment and alternative loans to pay school fees or to refinance other debts.

    Learn more: http://www.gdaonline.com/Content/Default/1/5/0/about/the-history.html
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Thomas G. Carter
    Executive Director
    (770) 207-4250
  • Georgia Environmental Finance Authority

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Georgia
    The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) is a state entity which provides local governments loans for conservation projects. These loans are meant to fund local environmental initiatives, including water infrastructure…
    Agency
    • Georgia Environmental Finance Authority
    Description
    The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) is a state entity which provides local governments loans for conservation projects. These loans are meant to fund local environmental initiatives, including water infrastructure projects, energy efficiency projects, and land conservation projects. GEFA has a variety of different loan programs, including conservation loans. As of 2019, the 20-year interest rate for this type of loan is 1.44 percent, and the maximum loan amount is $3,000,000.

    Learn more: https://gefa.georgia.gov/about-us
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, and Infrastructure Authorities)
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Sarah Oken 
    Program Manager, Water Resources Division
    Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (\
    (404) 584-1075
  • Georgia Family Farm Tax Exemption

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Georgia
    The General Assembly enacted a tax exemption for qualified farm and harvested agricultural products from small family owned farms. A family owned farm is defined as a business entity owned…
    Agency
    • Georgia Department of Revenue
    Description
    The General Assembly enacted a tax exemption for qualified farm and harvested agricultural products from small family owned farms. A family owned farm is defined as a business entity owned by one or more citizens who are related to one another. Eligible farms must gain 80 percent of their gross income from agricultural uses. Farm products grown and harvested in Georgia on eligible farms may be exempt from all ad valorem property tax.

    Learn more: https://forms.agr.georgia.gov/GATE
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Georgia Department of Revenue
    State Government Office
    (877) 423-6711
  • Georgia Forest Legacy Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Georgia
    The Georgia Forest Legacy Program is a partnership between the Georgia Forestry Commission and the United States Forest Service. The partnership provides grants for conserving important forests that are threatened…
    Agency
    • Georgia Forestry Commission
    Description
    The Georgia Forest Legacy Program is a partnership between the Georgia Forestry Commission and the United States Forest Service. The partnership provides grants for conserving important forests that are threatened by development or conversion into other non-forest uses. This program allows for donations and purchase of conservation easements for those who wish to keep the land in forestry use. Working Forest Conservation Easements strip development rights from a property but allow landowners to continue deriving economic value from their land. The Legacy program provides financial and technical assistance.

    Learn more: http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/forest-management/private-forest-management/landowner-programs/forest-legacy/
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Buford Sanders
    Georgia Forestry Commission
    (478) 951-8238
  • Georgia Forest Stewardship Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Georgia
    The Georgia Forest Stewardship Program provides technical support for landowners from a professional team of experts and biologists. The program helps landowners manage forested property and customize long-term sustainability plans.…
    Agency
    • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    The Georgia Forest Stewardship Program provides technical support for landowners from a professional team of experts and biologists. The program helps landowners manage forested property and customize long-term sustainability plans. The plans include maps of locations of natural resource stand types, descriptions and recommendations for each, and 10-year management schedules. Furthermore, the plans will notify the landowner of any special natural resource concerns and financial assistance programs available.

    Learn more: http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/forest-management/private-forest-management/management-plans/
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Brad Alexandria
    Georgia Forest Stewardship Program
    (229) 308-8561
  • Georgia Heritage Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Georgia
    The General Assembly created the Georgia Heritage Grant Program in 1994 to preserve properties with historical and cultural significance to Georgia. The program provides grants to local governments and nonprofit…
    Agency
    • Georgia Historic Preservation Division
    Description
    The General Assembly created the Georgia Heritage Grant Program in 1994 to preserve properties with historical and cultural significance to Georgia. The program provides grants to local governments and nonprofit organizations to assist with the preservation and restoration of historic property. Only properties which meet the criteria for inclusion on the Georgia Register of Historic Places are eligible for this program. Grant recipients must agree in writing to maintain the property and comply with the program’s preservation standards for at least 5 years.

    Learn more: https://georgiashpo.org/heritagegrant
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Counties, Cities, Towns, Municipalities), and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Allison Asbrock
    Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation District
    Outreach Program Manager and Grants Coordinator
    (770) 389-7868
  • Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Georgia
    The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act provides stewardship opportunities for sensitive water, land, and wildlife areas, including land near military installments. This program provides grants to any city, county, department, agency,…
    Agency
    • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act provides stewardship opportunities for sensitive water, land, and wildlife areas, including land near military installments. This program provides grants to any city, county, department, agency, or approved nongovernmental entity on the condition that the grant’s primary purpose is the stewardship of “conservation land.” Eligible entities may apply to fund programs which protect water quality and wildlife habitat, prevent commercial encroachment on military installations, or promote conservation.

    Learn more: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20172018/HB/332

    And: https://gadnr.org/gosp
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Counties, Cities, Towns, Municipalities, Recreation Authorities), State Agencies, and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Rob Stokes
    Outdoor Stewardship Grant Specialist
    (404) 463-8570

    Taylor Brown
    Grants Unit Supervisor
    (404) 463-8601
    Email:
  • Georgia Private Land Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Georgia
    The Georgia Private Land Partnership helps private landowners implement conservation measures to preserve wildlife habitat. The land partnership’s goal is to partner with private landowners and provide professional support to…
    Agency
    • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    The Georgia Private Land Partnership helps private landowners implement conservation measures to preserve wildlife habitat. The land partnership’s goal is to partner with private landowners and provide professional support to help them meet their wildlife habitat and population objectives. This program is voluntary, and the objectives are determined by the landowner.

    Learn more: https://georgiawildlife.com/privatelandsprogram#partnership
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Georgia Private Lands Program
    (229) 420-1183
  • Georgia Small Landowner Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Georgia
    The Georgia Small Landowner Program provides technical assistance to landowners who want to conserve small woodlands. The Commission provides step-by-step guidance on how to practice sustainable forestry management. Any landowner…
    Agency
    • Georgia Forestry Commission
    Description
    The Georgia Small Landowner Program provides technical assistance to landowners who want to conserve small woodlands. The Commission provides step-by-step guidance on how to practice sustainable forestry management. Any landowner with 10 acres or less can utilize the Small Landowner Program.

    Learn more: http://www.gatrees.org/community-forests/management/plan-resources/
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private landowners with fewer than 10 acres
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Al Hoke
    Georgia Small Landowner Program
    Safety and Training Manager
    (678) 476-6222
  • Georgia Southern Beetle Cost Share Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Georgia
    The Georgia Southern Pine Beetle Cost Share Program helps landowners combat southern pine beetle infestations. This type of beetle infests pine trees and can critically damage wooded areas. The cost-share…
    Agency
    • Georgia Forestry Commission
    Description
    The Georgia Southern Pine Beetle Cost Share Program helps landowners combat southern pine beetle infestations. This type of beetle infests pine trees and can critically damage wooded areas. The cost-share program provides technical assistance, financial incentive, and staff to help landowners develop management plans to fight forest infestations. Eligible land must be non-industrial, at least 10 acres, and either privately owned or owned by a local government agency.

    Learn more: http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/forest-management/forest-health/pine-bark-beetles/spb-cost-share-program/index.cfm
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners, Local Governments (Counties, Cities, Towns, Municipalities)
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Georgia Forestry Commission
    (478) 751-3500
  • Georgia Specialty Crop Block Grant program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Georgia
    The Georgia Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery…
    Agency
    • Georgia Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Georgia Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” Funding is available for projects that address consumer or producer education, food safety, marketing and promotion, pests and plant health, and research. The program is administered by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and it is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

    Learn more: http://agr.georgia.gov/grants.aspx
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    State and/or Local Organizations, Producer Associations, Academia, Community-Based Organizations, Individuals, and other Specialty Crops Stakeholders
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Jen Erdmann
    Assistant Director of Grants/SCBGP Coordinator
    (404) 656-3600
  • Georgia State Tax Credits for Historic Property

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Georgia
    The General Assembly created two tax credit programs to encourage landowners to preserve and restore historic property. The Georgia State Income Tax Credit Program for Rehabilitated Historic Property allows eligible…
    Agency
    • Georgia Department of Revenue
    Description
    The General Assembly created two tax credit programs to encourage landowners to preserve and restore historic property. The Georgia State Income Tax Credit Program for Rehabilitated Historic Property allows eligible landowners to apply for state income tax credits in return for restoring their properties. Participants may apply for a tax credit equaling 25 percent of all qualifying restoration expenses up to $100,000 for personal residences. Landowners restoring commercial or industrial properties may be eligible for tax credits ranging from $300,000 to $10 million. The Preferential Property Tax Assessment Program is designed to allow eligible landowners apply for an 8 ½ year property tax assessment freeze.

    Learn more: https://georgiashpo.org/tax-stateprograms
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private and Commercial Landowners
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Molly McLamb
    Georgia Department of Natural Resources
    Tax Incentives Architectural Reviewer and Specialist
    (770) 389-7847

    Rachel Rice
    Tax Incentives Program Manager
    (770) 389-7849
  • Georgia Water Quality Cost-Share Projects

    • Landowner Benefits: Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Georgia
    The Georgia Water Quality Cost-Share Projects assist interested Georgians with water planning and conservation. The projects provide technical and financial support for the preservation of dams, river basins, and waterways.…
    Agency
    • Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission
    Description
    The Georgia Water Quality Cost-Share Projects assist interested Georgians with water planning and conservation. The projects provide technical and financial support for the preservation of dams, river basins, and waterways. Protection of the water quality is a crucial part of the program’s objective. The scope of the projects range depending on the level of importance and sustainability. Projects that take place within the Georgia Sentinel Landscape receive priority consideration for this program.

    Learn more: https://gaswcc.georgia.gov/watersheds-water-resources
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Any Georgian
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Ben Hyer
    Rural Water Resources Program Manager
    Georgia Soil and Water Commission
    (706) 552-4470
  • Habitat Conservation Planning (HCP)

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) are planning documents for landowners who have federally listed wildlife species on their property or habitat that would likely support these species and desire economic actions…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) are planning documents for landowners who have federally listed wildlife species on their property or habitat that would likely support these species and desire economic actions that are incompatible with maintaining those species. Because the Endangered Species Act prohibits activities that would be harmful to listed species, the way landowners use their property may be affected. As a compromise, HCPs can be developed that allow landowners to conduct activities that might be detrimental to listed species as long as the landowners have an approved HCP for mitigating those impacts. HCPs are highly variable and reflect a landowner’s interests, the needs of the species, and the recommendations of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Learn more: www.fws.gov/endangered
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your Regional USFWS Representative.
  • Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) helps landowners restore, enhance, and protect forestland resources on private and tribal lands through easements and financial assistance. Through HRFP, landowners promote the recovery…
    Agency
    • USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
    Description
    The Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) helps landowners restore, enhance, and protect forestland resources on private and tribal lands through easements and financial assistance. Through HRFP, landowners promote the recovery of endangered or threatened species, improve plant and animal biodiversity, and enhance carbon sequestration. HFRP provides landowners with 10-year restoration agreements and 30-year or permanent easements for specific conservation actions. Some landowners may avoid regulatory restrictions under the Endangered Species Act by restoring or improving habitat on their land for a specified period of time.

    Learn more: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/easements/forests/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners and Indian Tribes
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local NRCS office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Center locator.
  • Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

    • Landowner Benefit: Education and Training
    • Location: Florida
    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and life sciences. By making that information accessible, the…
    Agency
    • University of Florida
    Description
    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and life sciences. By making that information accessible, the Institute hopes to enhance and sustain the quality of human life. The institute has several extension programs to help landowners.

    Learn more: https://ifas.ufl.edu/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Education and Training
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
    (352) 392-1761
  • Jackson Blue Spring Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Jackson Blue Spring Grant Program provides funding for projects that improve water quality and reduce water use demands in and around Jackson Blue Spring. Eligible projects include irrigation system…
    Agency
    • Northwest Florida Water Management District
    Description
    The Jackson Blue Spring Grant Program provides funding for projects that improve water quality and reduce water use demands in and around Jackson Blue Spring. Eligible projects include irrigation system improvements, pump upgrades (high to low pressure), remote controlling systems for irrigation, control panel upgrades, end gun controls, fertigation systems, and other precision agriculture tools and services. Enrollment in applicable Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services best management practices is required.

    Learn more: https://nwfwater.com/Water-Resources/Funding-Programs/Jackson-Blue-Spring-BMP-Cost-Share
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Christina Coger
    Northwest Florida Water Management District
    (850) 539-5999

  • Landowner Incentive Program (LIP)

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) provides grants to States to protect and restore wildlife habitat on private lands that benefits Federally listed, proposed or candidate species, or other species determined…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    The Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) provides grants to States to protect and restore wildlife habitat on private lands that benefits Federally listed, proposed or candidate species, or other species determined to be at-risk. States compete for two sets of LIP funding. Tier I grants provide funding to States to staff and operate programs that work with landowners. Typically, these grants pay for a state program coordinator who works for the wildlife agency and field biologists who interact with landowners and help plan projects. Tier II grants provide funding to states which the state in turn awards to private landowners for the protection, restoration, or management of rare wildlife habitats.

    Learn more: https://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/LIP/lip.htm
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    States, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Insular Areas fish & wildlife agencies
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your Regional Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Coordinator.
  • Landscape Scale Restoration Program (LSR)

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Program is a competitive grant program focused on landowner projects that promote collaborative, science-based restoration on priority forest landscapes. State forestry agencies develop projects in…
    Agency
    • USDA, Forest Service (USFS)
    Description
    The Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Program is a competitive grant program focused on landowner projects that promote collaborative, science-based restoration on priority forest landscapes. State forestry agencies develop projects in partnership with diverse stakeholders and effectively leverage local knowledge, expertise, and resources. LSR projects focus on nonindustrial private forest land or State forest land that is also rural. Projects within sentinel landscapes may receive priority consideration for this program

    Learn more: https://www.fs.fed.us/managing-land/private-land/landscape-scale-restoration
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    State and Territorial Forestry Agencies
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your State Forestry Organization.
  • Legacy Resource Management Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Other
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Legacy Resource Program provides financial assistance for DoD efforts to preserve natural and cultural heritage by protecting and enhancing resources while supporting military readiness. The…
    Agency
    • Department of Defense (DoD)
    Description
    The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Legacy Resource Program provides financial assistance for DoD efforts to preserve natural and cultural heritage by protecting and enhancing resources while supporting military readiness. The Legacy Program funds high priority projects that address current military mission needs and emerging issues. Legacy determines which projects to fund based on the timing of the funding request in relation to many factors that include, but are not limited to, Military Service interest, DoD priorities, available funding, any related work that is underway or already funded, and how the project relates to the current Program Areas of Emphasis

    Learn more: https://denix.osd.mil/legacy/home/
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Other
    Applicant Eligibility
    Individuals, Organizations (public or private), Institutions, or Agency
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact the DoD Legacy Resource Program at, https://www.denix.osd.mil/contact/.
  • Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP)

    • Landowner Benefit: Disaster Relief
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides payments to eligible livestock owners and contract growers who have covered livestock and who are also producers of grazed forage crop acreage that have…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides payments to eligible livestock owners and contract growers who have covered livestock and who are also producers of grazed forage crop acreage that have suffered grazing losses due to a qualifying drought during the normal grazing period for the county.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/livestock-forage/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Disaster Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Livestock Owners and Contract Growers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)

    • Landowner Benefit: Disaster Relief
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather. In addition, LIP covers attacks by animals reintroduced…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather. In addition, LIP covers attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal Law, including wolves and avian predators. LIP payments are equal to 75 percent of the market value of the applicable livestock.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/livestock-indemnity/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Disaster Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Livestock Owners and Contract Growers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Longleaf Stewardship Fund

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Locations: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia
    The Longleaf Stewardship Fund is a landmark public-private partnership that expands, enhances, and accelerates longleaf pine ecosystem restoration across the Southeastern United States. The Fund targets specific “Significant Geographic Areas”…
    Agency
    • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
    Description
    The Longleaf Stewardship Fund is a landmark public-private partnership that expands, enhances, and accelerates longleaf pine ecosystem restoration across the Southeastern United States. The Fund targets specific “Significant Geographic Areas” anchored by military bases, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and other protected lands to expand, improve and connect existing longleaf habitat. In addition, the Fund supports local partnerships that restore longleaf pine and provide technical assistance to private landowners across the range. Investments are made to achieve specific conservation outcomes, and success will be tracked to evaluate gains in healthy longleaf forest and the recovery of native wildlife.

    Learn more: https://www.nfwf.org/longleaf/Pages/home.aspx
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions. 
    Location
    Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia
    Contact
    For more information, please contact Jon Scott, at .
  • Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Cost-Share Payments, Grant
    • Location: Maryland
    The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program provides farmers grants to install conservation best management practices on their properties. MACS provides participants with information on best…
    Agency
    • Maryland Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program provides farmers grants to install conservation best management practices on their properties. MACS provides participants with information on best management practices and how to implement the conservation measures effectively. The program provides famers with assistance in developing manure management systems with the goal of increasing agriculture productivity and protecting the environment. Program grants can cover up to 87.5 percent of the implementation costs of conservation measures, which include soil erosion prevention and nutrient management.

    Learn more: https://mda.maryland.gov/resource_conservation/Pages/macs.aspx
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments, Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Norman Astle
    Program Administrator
    (410) 841-5864
  • Maryland Agriculture and Land Preservation Fund

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Maryland
    The Maryland Agriculture and Land Preservation Fund purchases preservation easements from landowners to preserve farmland and woodland. Eligible land must be at least 50 contiguous acres and have the capability…
    Agency
    • Maryland Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Maryland Agriculture and Land Preservation Fund purchases preservation easements from landowners to preserve farmland and woodland. Eligible land must be at least 50 contiguous acres and have the capability to produce food. Easements purchased under this program are perpetual. Farmers who donate easements through this program may also be eligible for tax benefits.

    Learn more: https://mda.maryland.gov/malpf/Pages/Overview.aspx
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Michelle Cable
    Executive Director
    (410) 841-5860
  • Maryland Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Maryland
    The Maryland Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a cooperative program between Maryland and the United States Department of Agriculture. CREP pays landowners for conservation easements on their land. The…
    Agency
    • Maryland Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Maryland Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a cooperative program between Maryland and the United States Department of Agriculture. CREP pays landowners for conservation easements on their land. The easement program compensates farmers for voluntarily removing low-producing and environmentally sensitive croplands adjacent to waterways from production.

    Learn more: https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/habitat/milo.aspx
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Norman Astle
    Program Administrator
    (410) 841-5864
  • Maryland Cover Crop Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Maryland
    The Maryland Cover Crop Program provides grants that incentivize farmers to plant cover crops which prevent erosion, recycle nitrogen, and reduce agricultural runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. Eligible cover crops…
    Agency
    • Maryland Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Maryland Cover Crop Program provides grants that incentivize farmers to plant cover crops which prevent erosion, recycle nitrogen, and reduce agricultural runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. Eligible cover crops include wheat, rye, barley, triticale, spring oats, ryegrass, canola, forest radish, Austrian winter peas, and crimson clover. Program participants must apply for planting grants each year and comply with Maryland’s nutrient management regulations.

    Learn more: https://mda.maryland.gov/resource_conservation/Pages/cover_crop.aspx
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Farmers and Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Norman Astle
    Program Administrator
    (410) 841-5864
  • Maryland Forest Legacy Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Maryland
    The Forest Legacy Program is a federal partnership between the United States Forest Service and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources that works to preserve environmentally sensitive forest areas. The…
    Agency
    • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    The Forest Legacy Program is a federal partnership between the United States Forest Service and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources that works to preserve environmentally sensitive forest areas. The goal of the program is to protect forests from development or conversion into non-forest uses. The program uses federal, state, and donated funds to buy land or conservation easements from private landowners. Eligible forests must be at least 75 percent forested and in areas identified by the state as Forest Legacy Areas. Applications for the program are ranked by criteria which includes location, use, cultural value, fish and wildlife habitat and other factors.

    Learn more: https://dnr.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/programapps/forestlegacy.aspx
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Colleen Kenny
    Forest Health Watershed Planner
    (410) 260-8530
  • Maryland Historic Trust Easement

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Maryland
    Through the Maryland Historic Trust Easement, landowners with property eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places or property in a historic district, may donate a perpetual easement…
    Agency
    • Maryland Historic Trust
    Description
    Through the Maryland Historic Trust Easement, landowners with property eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places or property in a historic district, may donate a perpetual easement to the Trust. Landowners who participate in the program often agree to relinquish certain development rights and maintain the property to a certain standard. Donors may be eligible for tax credits, loans, or grants from the Trust.

    Learn more: https://mht.maryland.gov/easement.shtml
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Kate Bolansky
    Easement Administrator
    (410) 697-9537
  • Maryland Installment Purchase Agreements

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Maryland
    The Maryland Agricultural and Resource Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) works with local farmland preservation agencies to purchase conservation easements from landowners. Installment Purchase Agreements (IPAs) are tools which farmland…
    Agency
    • Maryland Agricultural and Resource Based Industry Development Corporation
    Description
    The Maryland Agricultural and Resource Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) works with local farmland preservation agencies to purchase conservation easements from landowners. Installment Purchase Agreements (IPAs) are tools which farmland preservation agencies can use to buy conservation easements in installments. Under an IPA, the property cannot be developed for non-conservation purposes and the buyer takes immediate possession of the conservation easement. This type of installment agreement can be made in increments ranging from 5 to 30 years depending on the parties’ wishes. IPAs make conservation easement purchases more accessible to agencies and may benefit sellers by deferring some taxes.

    Learn more: https://www.marbidco.org/_pages/programs_land_preservation/rural_land_preservation_programs_marbidco_ipa.htm
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners, Local Governments (Counties, Cities, Towns, and Municipalities), Rural Preservation Organizations
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Allison Roe
    Financial Programs Specialist
    (410) 267-6807
  • Maryland Low Interest Loans for Agricultural Conservation

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Maryland
    The Maryland Low-Interest Loans for Agricultural Conservation are available to help farmers install best management practices on their farms and purchase conservation equipment. The goal of this program is to…
    Agency
    • Maryland Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Maryland Low-Interest Loans for Agricultural Conservation are available to help farmers install best management practices on their farms and purchase conservation equipment. The goal of this program is to give farmers the resources to implement conservation efforts that work best on their farms and control agricultural pollution. To be eligible for the loans, the proposed project must take place on a farm and be designed to address agricultural pollution. These loans are often used to supplement other conservation cost-sharing programs and are typically offered at 3 to 4 percent below market interest rates.

    Learn more: https://mda.maryland.gov/resource_conservation/counties/LILAC.pdf
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Interested parties must contact their local soil conservation district, a list can be found here.
  • Maryland Manure Transport and Matching Service

    • Landowner Benefits: Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Maryland
    The Maryland Manure Transport System exists under the Water Quality Improvement Act of 1998. The goal of the program is to provide farmers with cost-share assistance for manure transport. The…
    Agency
    • Maryland Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Maryland Manure Transport System exists under the Water Quality Improvement Act of 1998. The goal of the program is to provide farmers with cost-share assistance for manure transport. The program helps farmers with the transportation costs of manure and provides manure renounce management technical assistance. The free program also connects farmers with excess manure to other farmers who would like to use manure as a sustainable fertilizer. Farmers with animal producing farms that have high soil phosphorous levels can receive up to $18 per ton to transport manure to other farms.

    Learn more: https://mda.maryland.gov/resource_conservation/Pages/manure_management.aspx
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Norman Astle
    Program Administrator
    (410) 841-5864
  • Maryland Next Generation Farmland Acquisition Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    • Location: Maryland
    The Maryland Next Generation Farmland Acquisition Program (“Next Gen”) is run by the Maryland Agricultural and Resource Based Industry Development Corporation, a quasi-public economic development organization chartered by the state.…
    Agency
    • Maryland Agricultural and Resource Based Industry Development Corporation
    Description
    The Maryland Next Generation Farmland Acquisition Program (“Next Gen”) is run by the Maryland Agricultural and Resource Based Industry Development Corporation, a quasi-public economic development organization chartered by the state. The program’s objective is to preserve farmland and help young or beginning farmers purchase land. A “beginner farmer” is defined as a person who has not owned or operated a farm or ranch for more than 10 years prior to applying to the program. Next Gen helps young farmers purchase farmland and ultimately sell a permanent conservation easement to a rural land preservation program.

    Learn more: https://www.marbidco.org/_pages/programs_land_preservation/rural_land_preservation_programs_nextgen_ngfap.htm
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    New or Beginning Farmers
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Allison Roe
    Financial Programs Specialist
    (410) 267-6807
  • Maryland Program Open Space

    • Landowner Benefits: Grant, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Maryland
    Maryland’s Program Open Space provides grants and technical assistance to local governments. These grants preserve natural resources through the creation of parks and protected scenic reserves. The mission of this…
    Agency
    • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    Maryland’s Program Open Space provides grants and technical assistance to local governments. These grants preserve natural resources through the creation of parks and protected scenic reserves. The mission of this program is to help localities acquire and preserve open spaces for public use and preservation for future generations. Examples of funded projects include: parks, forests, wildlife management areas, hunting and fishing areas, hiking trails, historic sites, and Chesapeake water access trails. Only local governments may apply for this program; however, landowners may donate a perpetual conservation easement to grantee agencies and be eligible for certain tax credits.

    Learn more: https://dnr.maryland.gov/land/Pages/ProgramOpenSpace/home.aspx
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local governments (Counties, Cities, Towns, and Municipalities)
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Cheryl Wise
    Conservation Easements Staff
    (410) 260-8410
  • Maryland Property Tax Credit

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Maryland
    Maryland provides a property tax credit on land that has been donated to the Maryland Environmental Trust through a conservation easement. Donors will pay no property tax on the property…
    Agency
    • Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation
    Description
    Maryland provides a property tax credit on land that has been donated to the Maryland Environmental Trust through a conservation easement. Donors will pay no property tax on the property for 15 years after the donation.

    Learn more: https://dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/pages/homeowners'-property-tax-credit-program.aspx
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Individuals, Corporations
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Department of Assessments and Taxation
    (410) 767-1184
  • Maryland Rural Legacy Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Maryland
    The Maryland Rural Legacy Program preserves agricultural land and open space and promotes sustainable natural resource-based businesses. The program provides grants to nonprofit conservation groups and local governments (known as…
    Agency
    • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    The Maryland Rural Legacy Program preserves agricultural land and open space and promotes sustainable natural resource-based businesses. The program provides grants to nonprofit conservation groups and local governments (known as “sponsors”) to fund projects which preserve large contiguous tracts of land. Sponsors may purchase conservation easements from willing landowners to preserve agricultural land, green spaces, and wildlife habitat. Conservation easements purchased under this program are perpetual and must be held by a government entity.

    Learn more: https://dnr.maryland.gov/land/Pages/RuralLegacy/home.aspx
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Nonprofit Conservation Groups and Local Governments Sponsors
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Stacy J. Schaefer
    Associate Director
    Maryland Rural Legacy Program
    (410) 260-8532
  • Maryland Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Maryland
    The Maryland Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery…
    Agency
    • Maryland Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Maryland Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” Funding is available for projects that address consumer or producer education, food safety, marketing and promotion, pests and plant health, and research. The program is administered by the Maryland Department of Agriculture, and it is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

    Learn more: https://mda.maryland.gov/maryland_products/Pages/Specialty-Crop-Block-Grant-Program.aspx
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    State and/or Local Organizations, Producer Associations, Academia, Community-Based Organizations, Individuals, and other Specialty Crops Stakeholders
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Karen Fedor
    Program Manager
    (410) 841-5773
  • Maryland State Income Tax

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Maryland
    Maryland provides a state income tax credit for entities and individuals who donate conservation easements to the Maryland Environmental Trust. A claimant may claim a maximum credit of $5,000 per…
    Agency
    • Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation
    Description
    Maryland provides a state income tax credit for entities and individuals who donate conservation easements to the Maryland Environmental Trust. A claimant may claim a maximum credit of $5,000 per year and may continue to claim the credit for up to 15 years for a maximum of $80,000. The credit is based on the appraised value of the easement.

    Learn more: https://dnr.maryland.gov/met/pages/tax_benefits.aspx
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Individuals, Corporations
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Department of Assessments and Taxation
    (410) 767-1184
  • Microloan Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Microloan Program serves the unique financial operating needs of beginning, niche, and the smallest of family farm operations. The program offers flexible access to credit and serves as an…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Microloan Program serves the unique financial operating needs of beginning, niche, and the smallest of family farm operations. The program offers flexible access to credit and serves as an attractive loan alternative for smaller farming operations such as specialty crop producers and operators of community supported agriculture.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/microloans/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Military Base Protection Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity coordinates and implements the Military Base Protection Program. The functions of the Military Base Protection Program include, but are not limited to, securing non-conservation…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
    Description
    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity coordinates and implements the Military Base Protection Program. The functions of the Military Base Protection Program include, but are not limited to, securing non-conservation lands to serve as a buffer to protect military installations against encroachment and supporting local community efforts to engage in service partnerships with military installations.

    Learn more: http://www.floridajobs.org/community-planning-and-development/programs/technical-assistance/economic-development/military-base-encroachment
    Category
    • Community Resilience
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    State Governments
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Liz Miller
    Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
    (850) 717-8968
  • Mini Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    The Southwest Florida Water Management District Mini Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems (FARMS) Program is a cost-share program that assists agricultural operations of 100 acres or less to conserve water…
    Agency
    • Southwest Florida Water Management District
    Description
    The Southwest Florida Water Management District Mini Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems (FARMS) Program is a cost-share program that assists agricultural operations of 100 acres or less to conserve water and protect water quality within the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Mini-FARMS projects implement the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services-adopted best management practices. Eligible applicants include agricultural operations of 100 acres of less.

    Learn more: https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/business/agriculture/facilitating-agricultural-resource-management-systems-farms
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Matt Warren
    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    (863) 773-2164

    Patricia Hobson
    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    (941) 377-3722, ext. 6516
  • Minnesota Advanced Biofuel Production Incentive Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Advanced Biofuel Production Incentive Program provides various incentives to produce advanced biofuel based on the eligibility requirements for producers of the fuels. The fuels must meet the definition…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Advanced Biofuel Production Incentive Program provides various incentives to produce advanced biofuel based on the eligibility requirements for producers of the fuels. The fuels must meet the definition of national Renewable Fuel Standard Program, which requires a 50 percent improvement of greenhouse emissions compared to petroleum-based fuels. Advanced biofuels are made from non-food, non-feed feedstocks, and agricultural waste.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/environment-sustainability/advanced-biofuel-production-incentive-program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Biofuel Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Kevin Hennessy
    Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Marketing & Development
    (651) 201-6223
  • Minnesota Aggie Bond Beginning Farmer Loan Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Aggie Bond Beginning Farmer Loan Program is a federal bonding program administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The program offers financing for qualified beginning farmers. By applying…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Aggie Bond Beginning Farmer Loan Program is a federal bonding program administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The program offers financing for qualified beginning farmers. By applying for a loan through the program, applicants can secure a reduced interest rate. A beginning farmer is a person who intends, over time, to become a full-time farmer.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/business-dev-loans-grants/aggie-bond-beginning-farmer-loan-program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Department of Agriculture
    Rural Finance Authority Office
    Finance & Budget
    (651) 201-6004
  • Minnesota Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Agricultural Biofuel Blending Infrastructure Grant

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Agricultural Biofuel Blending Infrastructure Grant provides funding for biofuel blending infrastructure equipment. The program is intended to promote economic growth within the…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Agricultural Biofuel Blending Infrastructure Grant provides funding for biofuel blending infrastructure equipment. The program is intended to promote economic growth within the industry. Projects should aim to develop new or enhanced markets that improve biofuel blending outcomes (increasing sales, greater access to fuels, etc.). The grants can be used for equipment purchases and installation costs.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/environment-sustainability/agri-biofuel-blending-infrastructure-grant
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Biofuel Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Ann Kuzj
    Department of Agriculture
    Marketing & Development
    (651) 201-6028
  • Minnesota Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Beginning Farmer Farm Business Management Scholarship

    • Landowner Benefit: Education and Training
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Beginning Farmer Farm Business Management Scholarship Program helps new farmers learn essential skills required to meet the business’s needs. Participants receive an…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Beginning Farmer Farm Business Management Scholarship Program helps new farmers learn essential skills required to meet the business’s needs. Participants receive an end-of-year financial and business analysis, along with a database to compare similar farms. Individuals in the program will meet one-on-one with an instructor to design a program that fits their needs. Beginning Farmers must be Minnesota residents who have owned and operated a farm for 10 years or fewer, have less than forty credits in the program, and enroll in eight to ten credits per academic year.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/agri-beginning-farmer-farm-business-management-scholarships
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Education and Training
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Becky Balk
    Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Marketing & Development
    (651) 201-6369
  • Minnesota Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Dairy Farm Improvement Grant

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Dairy Farm Grant assists dairy producers in maximizing their profitability. This grant program reimburses the cost of equipment, services, or physical improvements…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Dairy Farm Grant assists dairy producers in maximizing their profitability. This grant program reimburses the cost of equipment, services, or physical improvements that will help the dairy operation to meet requirements for Grade A milk production as established by the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance. Eligible applicants must be principal operators of dairy cow operations currently producing Grade B milk, or Grade A milk producers who require capital or operational improvements to stay compliant with Grade A requirements.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/business-dev-loans-grants/agri-dairy-farm-improvement-grant
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Dairy Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Michael Greene
    Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Marketing & Development
    (651) 201-6458
  • Minnesota Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Livestock Investment Grant

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Livestock Investment Grant encourages long-term industry development for Minnesota livestock farmers and ranchers by helping them improve, update, and modernize their livestock…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Livestock Investment Grant encourages long-term industry development for Minnesota livestock farmers and ranchers by helping them improve, update, and modernize their livestock operation infrastructure and equipment. Applicants must be in good standing with the state, be a current Minnesota resident, and be the principal operator of the farm. Livestock includes beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, poultry, goats, mules, bison, sheep, horses, farmed cervidae (deer), ratitae (flightless birds including emu), and llamas.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/business-dev-loans-grants/agri-livestock-investment-grant
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Michael Greene
    Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Marketing & Development
    (651) 201-6458
  • Minnesota Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program supports innovative on-farm research and demonstrations. The program funds projects that explore sustainable agriculture practices and systems…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program supports innovative on-farm research and demonstrations. The program funds projects that explore sustainable agriculture practices and systems that could make farming more profitable, resource efficient, and personally satisfying.  The projects explore the profitability, energy efficiency, and environmental benefits of practices or systems from production through marketing.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/business-dev-loans-grants/agri-sustainable-agriculture-demonstration-grant-program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Sustainable Agriculture Nonprofit Organizations, and Educational Organizations
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Ann Kuzj
    Department of Agriculture
    Marketing & Development
    (651) 201-6028
  • Minnesota Agricultural Improvement Loan Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Agricultural Improvement Loan Program aids eligible farmers in financing capital improvements. Under the program, agricultural improvements mean improvements to a farm, including the purchase and construction or installation…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Agricultural Improvement Loan Program aids eligible farmers in financing capital improvements. Under the program, agricultural improvements mean improvements to a farm, including the purchase and construction or installation of improvements to land, buildings, or other permanent structures. This includes equipment incorporated in or permanently affixed to the land, buildings, or structures which are useful for and intended to be used for the purpose of farming.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/agricultural-improvement-loan-program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Ryan Roles
    Department of Agriculture
    Finance & Budget
    (651) 201-6666
  • Minnesota Agricultural Land Preservation Programs

    • Landowner Benefits: Grant, Tax Relief
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Agricultural Land Preservation Program conserves agricultural land, protects soil and water resources, and encourages orderly development of rural and urban land uses. Local governments identify long-term agricultural lands…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Agricultural Land Preservation Program conserves agricultural land, protects soil and water resources, and encourages orderly development of rural and urban land uses. Local governments identify long-term agricultural lands and establish protective zones that limit land use to agricultural or forestry for 8 years. In return, landowners receive property tax credits and protection for standard agricultural practices, among other benefits. There are two types of agricultural land preservation programs: The Metropolitan Agricultural Preserves Program for the 7-county Twin Cities metro area and the Minnesota Agricultural Land Preservation Program for counties outside the Twin Cities metro area.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/environment-sustainability/farmland-protection-tools
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant, Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Counties, Cities, Towns, and Municipalities), Private Landowners, and Farmers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Becky Balk
    Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Marketing & Development
    (651) 201-6369
  • Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Education and Training, Grant, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program assists farmers and landowners in implementing conservation best practices to protect water resources. Certified participants of the program are eligible for grant awards…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program assists farmers and landowners in implementing conservation best practices to protect water resources. Certified participants of the program are eligible for grant awards up to $5,000 to aid in implementing best practices. The program allows participants to promote their businesses' use of conservation practices.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/environment-sustainability/minnesota-agricultural-water-quality-certification-program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Education and Training, Grant, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners, Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Brad Redlin
    Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Pesticide & Fertilizer Management
    (651) 201-6489 
  • Minnesota Agriculture Best Management Practices Loan Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Agriculture Best Management Practices Loan Program is a water quality program that provides low-interest loans to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses. The purpose is to encourage…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Agriculture Best Management Practices Loan Program is a water quality program that provides low-interest loans to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses. The purpose is to encourage agricultural best management practices that prevent or reduce runoff from feedlots, farm fields, and other areas that may cause pollution as identified in local water plans.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/agbmploan
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Dwight Wilcox
    Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Finance & Budget
    (651) 201-6608
  • Minnesota Beginning Farmer Loan Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Beginning Farmer Program helps minimize financial risk farmers face. The program offers affordable financing, a reasonable down payment, and built-in safeguards, such as farm management training and financial…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Beginning Farmer Program helps minimize financial risk farmers face. The program offers affordable financing, a reasonable down payment, and built-in safeguards, such as farm management training and financial planning. This is a partnership approach backed by the State's financial participation. A participant may finance a purchase or possibly refinance an existing farm debt.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/business-dev-loans-grants/beginning-farmer-loan-program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Ryan Roles
    Department of Agriculture
    Finance & Budget
    (651) 201-6666
  • Minnesota Beginning Farmer Tax Credit

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Beginning Farmer Tax Credit provides the rent or sale of farmland to beginning farmers. The Regional Finance Authority certifies beginning farmers, assists farmers with locating eligible financial management…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Beginning Farmer Tax Credit provides the rent or sale of farmland to beginning farmers. The Regional Finance Authority certifies beginning farmers, assists farmers with locating eligible financial management program options, and certifies that owners of agricultural assets are eligible for the tax credit. Agricultural asset is defined as agricultural land, livestock, facilities, buildings, and machinery used for farming in Minnesota.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/bftc
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Department of Agriculture
    Beginning Farmer Tax Credit
    (651) 201-6004
  • Minnesota Biomass Thermal Energy Production Incentive Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Biomass Thermal Energy Production Incentive Program offers a production incentive for production facilities. The production facilities must have started prior to July 1, 2015 and produce at least…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Biomass Thermal Energy Production Incentive Program offers a production incentive for production facilities. The production facilities must have started prior to July 1, 2015 and produce at least 250 MMBtu per quarter and during each quarter of participation to enter the program. Biomass thermal energy is heat and electricity created through biomass combustion, gasification, or anaerobic digestion of organic material from plants and animals.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/environment-sustainability/biomass-thermal-energy-production-incentive-program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Biomass Thermal Energy Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Kevin Hennessy
    Department of Agriculture
    Ag Marketing & Development
    (651) 201-6223
  • Minnesota Buffer Law

    • Landowner Benefit: Other
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Buffer Law requires vegetative buffers up to fifty feet along lakes, rivers, and streams. A buffer, also known as a riparian filter strip, is vegetated land adjacent to a…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
    Description
    The Minnesota Buffer Law requires vegetative buffers up to fifty feet along lakes, rivers, and streams. A buffer, also known as a riparian filter strip, is vegetated land adjacent to a stream, river, lake, or wetland. The law provides flexibility for landowners to install alternative practices with equivalent water quality benefits.

    Learn more: https://bwsr.state.mn.us/minnesota-buffer-law
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Other
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Tom Gile
    Minnesota Resource Conservation Section Manager
    (507) 206-2894
  • Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is a voluntary federal and state funded natural resource conservation program. The program uses a science-based approach to protect land and conservation practices through…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
    Description
    The Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is a voluntary federal and state funded natural resource conservation program. The program uses a science-based approach to protect land and conservation practices through payments to farmers and agricultural landowners.

    Learn more: https://bwsr.state.mn.us/mn-crep-landowners
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
    Local Assistance Provided
    (651) 690-9028
  • Minnesota Cropland Grazing Exchange

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Cropland Grazing Exchange (CGE) matches livestock farmers with crop farmers who have forage (crop residues, cover crops, etc.) to harvest. The CGE is an interactive map that shows the locations of…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Cropland Grazing Exchange (CGE) matches livestock farmers with crop farmers who have forage (crop residues, cover crops, etc.) to harvest. The CGE is an interactive map that shows the locations of farmers who have livestock to graze and farmers who have cropland they want grazed. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota to develop this tool. Incorporating livestock into a cropping rotation benefits both crop and livestock farmer by improving soil health, reducing tillage, and lengthening the grazing season.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/cropland-grazing-exchange-1
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners, Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Kelly Anderson
    Department of Agriculture
    Marketing & Development
    (320) 634-7354
  • Minnesota Dairy Assistance, Investment, and Relief Initiative

    • Landowner Benefit: Disaster Relief
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Dairy Assistance, Investment, and Relief Initiative Program aids small to medium sized dairy operations that participate in the United States Department of Agriculture Dairy Margin Coverage program. To…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Dairy Assistance, Investment, and Relief Initiative Program aids small to medium sized dairy operations that participate in the United States Department of Agriculture Dairy Margin Coverage program. To be eligible, participants must be the principal operator of a dairy cow operation that produced less than 16,000,000 pounds of milk in 2018 and sign up for five years of coverage. Two payments are made to eligible producers based on the amount of milk produced, up to 50,000 cwt.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/dairi
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Disaster Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Dairy Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Ashley Bress
    Department of Agriculture
    Marketing & Development
    (651) 201-6648
  • Minnesota Disaster Recovery Loan Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Disaster Relief, Loan
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Disaster Recovery Loan Program provides funds to repair and replace farm structures, septic and water systems, seed, other crop inputs, feed, and livestock. The program allows for loans…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Disaster Recovery Loan Program provides funds to repair and replace farm structures, septic and water systems, seed, other crop inputs, feed, and livestock. The program allows for loans when the property is damaged by high winds, hail, tornado, floods, or excessive rainfall or snowfall. The program funds can also be used to replace flocks. Farmers will work with local lenders through the Rural Finance Authority.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/disasterloan
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Disaster Relief, Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Ryan Roles
    Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Finance & Budget
    (651) 201-6666
  • Minnesota Farm Opportunity Loan Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Farm Opportunity Loan Program finances the purchase of equipment to add to the value of crops or livestock. Loans may not be used for operating expenses, such as…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Farm Opportunity Loan Program finances the purchase of equipment to add to the value of crops or livestock. Loans may not be used for operating expenses, such as the purchase of seed, fertilizer, or fuel. The Rural Finance Authority must have a completed Master Participation Agreement with the lender on file.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/business-dev-loans-grants/farm-opportunity-loan-program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners, Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Ryan Roles
    Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Finance & Budget
    (651) 201-6666
  • Minnesota Green Acres Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Green Acres Program can be used to reduce property taxes for owners of agricultural property if the land value is affected by development pressure. The program allows farmers…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Green Acres Program can be used to reduce property taxes for owners of agricultural property if the land value is affected by development pressure. The program allows farmers to pay property taxes based on the agricultural value of the land and defer the higher property taxes based on the land’s value.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/environment-sustainability/farmland-protection-tools
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Becky Balk
    Minnesota Department of Agriculture Marketing & Development
    (651) 201-6369
  • Minnesota Historic Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Historic Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit offers a 20 percent state tax credit for qualified historic rehabilitations.  The tax credit offers project investors an option of a grant in lieu…
    Agency
    • Minnesota State Historical Preservation Office
    Description
    The Minnesota Historic Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit offers a 20 percent state tax credit for qualified historic rehabilitations.  The tax credit offers project investors an option of a grant in lieu of a credit.  The program is expected to expire in 2021. 

    Learn more: https://mn.gov/admin/shpo/incentives/state/
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Property Owners
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Natascha Wiener
    Senior Design Reviewer
    Minnesota State Historical Preservation Office
    (651) 201-3294
  • Minnesota Homestead Credit Refund

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Department of Revenue has two property tax refund programs for homeowners: The Regular Homestead Credit Refund and the Special Homestead Credit Refund. Individuals must have lived in the…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Revenue
    Description
    The Minnesota Department of Revenue has two property tax refund programs for homeowners: The Regular Homestead Credit Refund and the Special Homestead Credit Refund. Individuals must have lived in the home on January 2, 2019 and have an income of less than $113,150 to claim the regular Homestead Credit Refund. Individuals must have a net property tax increase by more than 12 percent among other requirements to claim the special credit. In order to qualify for either refund, an individual needs a valid social security number and property that is classified as a homestead. The homeowner also must have paid property taxes by August 15, 2020.

    Learn more: https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/homeowners-homestead-credit-refund
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Homeowners
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Department of Revenue
    (651) 296-3781
  • Minnesota Livestock Equipment Loan Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Livestock Equipment Loan Program helps to finance the purchase of livestock-related equipment. Loans may be used for the acquisition of equipment for animal housing, confinement, animal feeding, milk…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Livestock Equipment Loan Program helps to finance the purchase of livestock-related equipment. Loans may be used for the acquisition of equipment for animal housing, confinement, animal feeding, milk production, and waste management. The loan will be for a maximum of 10 years.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/livestock-equipment-loan-program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners, Principal Operators
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Ryan Roles
    Department of Agriculture
    Finance & Budget
    (651) 201-6666
  • Minnesota Livestock Expansion Loan Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Livestock Expansion Loan Program allows livestock and dairy producers to finance the construction of new facilities to expand their operations. Under the program, livestock expansion means improvements to…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Livestock Expansion Loan Program allows livestock and dairy producers to finance the construction of new facilities to expand their operations. Under the program, livestock expansion means improvements to a livestock operation, including the purchase or the improvement of land, buildings, and other permanent structures which are intended to be used for the purpose of raising livestock.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/livestock-expansion-loan-program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Livestock and Dairy Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Ryan Roles
    Department of Agriculture
    Finance & Budget
    (651) 201-6666
  • Minnesota One Watershed, One Plan Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Grant, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota One Watershed, One Plan Program develops comprehensive watershed management plans. The Program supports partnerships of local governments in developing prioritized, targeted, and measurable implementation plans. The plans align…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
    Description
    The Minnesota One Watershed, One Plan Program develops comprehensive watershed management plans. The Program supports partnerships of local governments in developing prioritized, targeted, and measurable implementation plans. The plans align local water planning purposes and procedures to create a systematic, watershed-wide approach to watershed management. The science-based approach makes use of data and information about watershed restoration strategies. The grants provided by the program can be used to develop the management plans.

    Learn more: https://bwsr.state.mn.us/one-watershed-one-plan
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Government (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities)
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Julie Westerlund
    One Watershed, One Plan Coordinator
    (651) 600-0694
  • Minnesota Right to Farm Laws

    • Landowner Benefit: Other
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Right to Farm Laws protect farms and ranches from most public and private nuisance actions. Counties and townships have similar protections, which speaks to the importance of agriculture…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Description
    The Minnesota Right to Farm Laws protect farms and ranches from most public and private nuisance actions. Counties and townships have similar protections, which speaks to the importance of agriculture in local economy. Potential residents are still notified of noise, odor, and dust that result from the common farming operations.

    Learn more: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/environment-sustainability/farmland-protection-tools

    And: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/561.19
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Other
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners, Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Becky Balk
    Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Marketing & Development
    (651) 201-6369
  • Minnesota State Historical Preservation Act

    • Landowner Benefit: Other
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota State Historical Preservation Act sets criteria to determine if a property is eligible for historic preservation based on the National Register criteria. Properties are assessed based on their…
    Agency
    • Minnesota State Historical Preservation Office
    Description
    The Minnesota State Historical Preservation Act sets criteria to determine if a property is eligible for historic preservation based on the National Register criteria. Properties are assessed based on their quality of significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture, among other considerations. Owners of private property nominated to the Register have an opportunity to concur with or object to the listing.

    Learn more: https://mn.gov/admin/shpo/
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Other
    Applicant Eligibility
    Property Owners
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Minnesota State Historical Preservation Office
    (651) 201-3287
  • Minnesota Wild and Scenic Rivers Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Minnesota Wild and Scenic Rivers Program protects six rivers in Minnesota that have outstanding natural, scenic, and historic value. The program creates river management plans for each of the…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    The Minnesota Wild and Scenic Rivers Program protects six rivers in Minnesota that have outstanding natural, scenic, and historic value. The program creates river management plans for each of the designated river segments that outlines the rules and goals for that river. These rules are administered through local zoning ordinances to protect the rivers from water and visual pollution, erosion, over-development, and degradation, factors that undermine the wild, scenic, and recreational qualities for which they were designated.

    Learn more: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/watermgmt_section/wild_scenic/index.html
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners, and Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities)
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Dan Petrik 
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    Land Use Specialist
    (651) 259-5697
  • Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Minnesota
    The Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area Program (MRCCA) is a combination of state, regional and local initiatives that provides for the management and planning of the 72-mile stretch of the…
    Agency
    • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    The Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area Program (MRCCA) is a combination of state, regional and local initiatives that provides for the management and planning of the 72-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that runs through the 7-county metropolitan area. The MRCCA is home to a full range of residential neighborhoods and parks, as well as river-related commerce, industry, and transportation. Though the river corridor has been extensively developed, many intact and remnant natural areas remain, including bluffs, islands, floodplains, wetlands, riparian zones, and native aquatic and terrestrial flora and fauna.

    Learn more: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/watermgmt_section/critical_area/index.html
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Minnesota
    Contact
    Dan Petrik 
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    Land Use Specialist
    (651) 259-5697
  • National Coastal Resilience Fund

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Nationwide
    The National Coastal Resilience Fund restores, increases, and strengthens natural infrastructure to protect coastal communities, while also enhancing habitats for fish and wildlife. Established in 2018, the National Coastal Resilience…
    Agency
    • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
    Description
    The National Coastal Resilience Fund restores, increases, and strengthens natural infrastructure to protect coastal communities, while also enhancing habitats for fish and wildlife. Established in 2018, the National Coastal Resilience Fund invests in conservation projects that restore or expand natural features such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, forests, coastal rivers and floodplains, and barrier islands that minimize the impacts of storms and other naturally occurring events on nearby communities.

    Learn more: https://www.nfwf.org/coastalresilience/Pages/home.aspx
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    • Community Resilience
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    State Governments
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact

    For more information, please contact:
  • National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Nationwide
    The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program annually provides grants of up to $1 million to coastal and Great Lakes states, as well as U.S. territories to protect, restore and…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program annually provides grants of up to $1 million to coastal and Great Lakes states, as well as U.S. territories to protect, restore and enhance coastal wetland ecosystems and associated uplands.

    Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/coastal/CoastalGrants/
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Coastal State Agencies
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your Regional Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Coordinator.
  • Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) program provides matching grants to Neotropical migratory bird conservation projects throughout the Western Hemisphere, with at least 75 percent of funding going to…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) program provides matching grants to Neotropical migratory bird conservation projects throughout the Western Hemisphere, with at least 75 percent of funding going to projects outside the United States. The competitive grants require that grant requests be matched by partner contributions at no less than a 3-to-1 ratio. The purpose of NMBCA is to provide financial support and foster international cooperation for initiatives that will perpetuate healthy bird populations.

    Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/birds/grants/neotropical-migratory-bird-conservation-act.php
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Any U. S., Latin American, or Caribbean individual, corporation, government agency, trust, association, or other private entity
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact: .
  • Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

    • Landowner Benefit: Disaster Relief
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters. NAP…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters. NAP provides basic coverage equivalent to the catastrophic level risk protection plan of insurance coverage, which is based on the amount of loss that exceeds 50 percent of expected production at 55 percent of the average market price for the crop

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/noninsured-crop-disaster-assistance/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Disaster Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Nontidal Wetlands Project

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Maryland
    The Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Maryland Department of the Environment provide funds for projects to conserve wetlands. The program seeks to protect local watersheds, the Chesapeake Bay, Youghiogheny River,…
    Agency
    • Chesapeake Bay Trust
    Description
    The Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Maryland Department of the Environment provide funds for projects to conserve wetlands. The program seeks to protect local watersheds, the Chesapeake Bay, Youghiogheny River, and the Atlantic Coastal Bays. Eligible projects are ones which promote cost-effective wetland preservation methods. Grants fund the following project types wetland restoration, wetland creation, wetland enhancement, and wetland preservation.

    Learn more: https://cbtrust.org/grants/non-tidal-wetlands/
    Category
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Nonprofit Organizations, and Community Groups
    Location
    Maryland
    Contact
    Sarah Koser
    (410) 974-2941 x 106
  • North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants 

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Nationwide
    The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Program is a non-regulatory, incentive-based, voluntary wildlife conservation program that stimulates public-private partnerships to protect, restore, and manage wetland habitats for migratory birds and…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Program is a non-regulatory, incentive-based, voluntary wildlife conservation program that stimulates public-private partnerships to protect, restore, and manage wetland habitats for migratory birds and other wildlife. NAWCA grants not only increase bird populations and wetland habitat, but also supporting local economies and American traditions such as hunting, fishing, bird watching, family farming, and cattle ranching. The NAWCA program is active in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. NAWCA includes a Standard and a Small Grants Program. Both are competitive grants programs and require at least a 1-to-1 match.

    Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/birds/grants/north-american-wetland-conservation-act.php
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private or Public Organizations or Individuals
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact Rodecia McKnight, , (703) 358-2266 or Anya Rushing (), (703) 358-2032.
  • North Carolina 319 Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: North Carolina
    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality receives funds from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the 319 Grant Program to reduce nonpoint source pollution. The state awards grants…
    Agency
    • North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
    Description
    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality receives funds from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the 319 Grant Program to reduce nonpoint source pollution. The state awards grants for watershed restoration projects, which include agricultural best management practices and cleanup of impaired streams. Grant projects must restore waterways which have been polluted by nonpoint source pollution.

    Learn more: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/planning/nonpoint-source-management/319-grant-program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments, Interstate/Intrastate Agencies, Educational Institutions, and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Rishi Bastoki
    North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
    319 Grant Administrator
    (919) 707-3623
  • North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    • Location: North Carolina
    Founded in 2005, the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund preserves and supports the North Carolina agricultural industry. The Trust provides grants to nonprofit conservation groups, county…
    Agency
    • North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Description
    Founded in 2005, the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund preserves and supports the North Carolina agricultural industry. The Trust provides grants to nonprofit conservation groups, county agencies, and private landowners in partnership with a nonprofit or government agency. The grants fund farmland preservation by helping landowners sell conservation easements and maintain sustainable and profitable farms. ***Projects within the Eastern North Carolina Sentinel Landscape receive priority consideration for this program.

    Learn more: https://ncadfp.org/index.htm
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Nonprofit Organizations, County Agencies, Individual Landowners Partnering with a Nonprofit or Government Agency
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Dewitt Hardee
    North Carolina Agriculture Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund
    Director
    (919) 707-3069
  • North Carolina Agricultural Finance Authority

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: North Carolina
    The General Assembly founded the North Carolina Agricultural Finance Authority to provide small farmers with accessible credit. The Authority’s goal is to provide credit to family sized farms, a demographic…
    Agency
    • North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Description
    The General Assembly founded the North Carolina Agricultural Finance Authority to provide small farmers with accessible credit. The Authority’s goal is to provide credit to family sized farms, a demographic that has traditionally been underserved by financial institutions. The Authority originates, finances, and services agricultural loans. These loans help small farmers buy and improve property, as well as establish and expand agribusiness and other agricultural activities.

    Learn more: https://www.ncagr.gov/agfinance/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Charles Walls
    Program Loan Officer
    North Carolina Agricultural Finance Authority
    (919) 790-3949
  • North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    • Location: North Carolina
    The North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund provides grants to local governments, state agencies, and conservation nonprofits to help finance projects that specifically address water pollution problems. These projects…
    Agency
    • Clean Water Management Trust Fund
    Description
    The North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund provides grants to local governments, state agencies, and conservation nonprofits to help finance projects that specifically address water pollution problems. These projects may include the establishment of a network of riparian buffers and greenways through the acquisition of conservation easements. Some of the funded projects create buffers between residential areas and military property through protected waterways. Projects within the Eastern North Carolina Sentinel Landscape receive priority consideration for this program.

    Learn more: https://cwmtf.nc.gov/
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), State Agencies and Conservation Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Damon Hearne
    North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust
    Western Region Contact
    (828) 296-7230
    Justin Mercer
    Eastern Region Contact
    (919) 707-8105
  • North Carolina Coastal Public Access Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: North Carolina
    The North Carolina Coastal Public Access Grant Program preserves North Carolina’s coastlines for public use. The program awards grants to local governments for coastal restoration projects. The grants fund projects…
    Agency
    • North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
    Description
    The North Carolina Coastal Public Access Grant Program preserves North Carolina’s coastlines for public use. The program awards grants to local governments for coastal restoration projects. The grants fund projects which restore and increase access to coastal lands.

    Learn more: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/coastal-management/coastal-management-beach-waterfront-awareness-program/public-access-grant-application-package
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local governments
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Applicants must contact the district planner for their region. The list can be found here.
  • North Carolina Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: North Carolina
    The North Carolina Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a partnership between the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the federal government. The program improves water quality…
    Agency
    • North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Description
    The North Carolina Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a partnership between the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the federal government. The program improves water quality by limiting agricultural pollution. CREP pays landowners for permanent conservation easements on their land. The easement program compensates farmers for voluntarily removing low-producing and environmentally sensitive croplands adjacent to waterways from production. Eligible property must be located in an approved watershed area.

    Learn more: http://www.ncagr.gov/SWC/easementprograms/CREP/index.html
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Each region has their own CREP specialist, the list is found here.
  • North Carolina Division of Mitigation Services In-Lieu Fee Programs

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: North Carolina
    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Mitigation Services (DMS) offers four voluntary In-Lieu Fee (ILF) Programs. These programs assist private and public developers in meeting environmental mitigation…
    Agency
    • North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
    Description
    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Mitigation Services (DMS) offers four voluntary In-Lieu Fee (ILF) Programs. These programs assist private and public developers in meeting environmental mitigation requirements. Participants pay the Division fees, and in turn, the Division implements required environmental practices on behalf of the participant. The programs are designed to make it easier for companies to comply with environmental practices that restore waterways.

    Learn more: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/mitigation-services/about-dms/dms-programs
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Businesses, Landowners, and Government Entities
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Kelly Williams
    North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
    In-Lieu Program Coordinator
    (919) 707-8915
  • North Carolina Energy, Waste, and Water Conservation Technical Assistance

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: North Carolina
    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Environmental Assistance provides free energy, water, and waste assessments and resources for businesses, industries, and public facilities. The Division provides free…
    Agency
    • North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
    Description
    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Environmental Assistance provides free energy, water, and waste assessments and resources for businesses, industries, and public facilities. The Division provides free technical assistance to citizens who wish to implement energy, water, and waste reduction best management practices on their properties. The Division helps property owners and businesses increase productivity, while also preserving natural resources.

    Learn more: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/environmental-assistance-customer-service/deacs-energy-water-waste-reduction
    Category
    • Other
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners, Businesses, and Public Facilities
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Rod Pridgeon
    North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
    (919) 707-8143
  • North Carolina Forest Legacy Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: North Carolina
    The North Carolina Forest Legacy Program is a partnership between the United States and North Carolina Forest Services. The goal of the program is to protect environmentally sensitive forests from…
    Agency
    • North Carolina Forest Service
    Description
    The North Carolina Forest Legacy Program is a partnership between the United States and North Carolina Forest Services. The goal of the program is to protect environmentally sensitive forests from non-conservation development. Landowners with environmentally sensitive forests on their property may apply for this program. The program uses a combination of state and federal funds to purchase conservation easements. Landowners also have the option to put their land in trust with the state.

    Learn more: https://www.ncforestservice.gov/fsandfl/legacy_faq.htm
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Les Hunter
    North Carolina State Parks
    Forest Stewardship/Legacy Coordinator
    (919) 857-4833
  • North Carolina Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: North Carolina
    The North Carolina General Assembly created an income tax credit for the restoration of income-producing, historically significant properties and owner-occupied, residential properties. The tax credit’s purpose is to encourage the…
    Agency
    • North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
    Description
    The North Carolina General Assembly created an income tax credit for the restoration of income-producing, historically significant properties and owner-occupied, residential properties. The tax credit’s purpose is to encourage the preservation of culturally significant property. Income producing properties may qualify for a 20 percent tax credit. Homeowners may receive a 15 percent credit for residential restoration.

    Learn more: https://www.ncdcr.gov/about/history/division-historical-resources/state-historic-preservation-office/restoration-2
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners, and Business Owners
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Tim E. Simons
    North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resouces
    Income-producing project contact
    (919) 814-6585

    Residential restoration project contact: David Christenbury
    (919) 814-6574
  • North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: North Carolina
    The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund provides grants to local governments for the acquisition and/or development of parks and nature preserves. Grantees may use these funds to acquire…
    Agency
    • North Carolina State Parks
    Description
    The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund provides grants to local governments for the acquisition and/or development of parks and nature preserves. Grantees may use these funds to acquire land and create a scenic land reserve or park that protects natural resources. The Trust provides dollar for dollar matching grants. Projects within the Eastern North Carolina Sentinel Landscape receive priority consideration for this program.

    Learn more: https://www.ncparks.gov/more-about-us/parks-recreation-trust-fund/parks-and-recreation-trust-fund
    Category
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities)
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Nate Halubka
    North Carolina State Parks
    Grants & Outreach Manager
    (919)707-933
  • North Carolina Recreational Trails Program Grant

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: North Carolina
    The North Carolina Recreational Trails Program Grant encourages land conservation by creating and maintaining outdoor trail options for citizens. The program provides grants to local governments and nonprofits for the…
    Agency
    • North Carolina State Parks
    Description
    The North Carolina Recreational Trails Program Grant encourages land conservation by creating and maintaining outdoor trail options for citizens. The program provides grants to local governments and nonprofits for the construction, maintenance, and improvement of state trails. Applicants may apply for grants to build trails which are accessible to the public.

    Learn more: https://trails.nc.gov/trail-grants/apply-grant
    Category
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Scott Crocker
    North Carolina State Parks
    Program Manager
    (919) 707-9326
  • North Carolina Small and Minority Farm Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: North Carolina
    The North Carolina Small and Minority Farm Program helps traditionally underserved farmers. The program provides technical assistance to small, limited resource, and minority farmers. Some of these services include farmland…
    Agency
    • North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Description
    The North Carolina Small and Minority Farm Program helps traditionally underserved farmers. The program provides technical assistance to small, limited resource, and minority farmers. Some of these services include farmland preservation, providing information on agricultural law and regulations, and grant application assistance.

    Learn more: https://www.ncagr.gov/SmallFarms/index.htm
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Underserved Farmers
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Archie Hart
    North Carolina Small and Minority Farm Program
    (919) 707-3068
  • North Carolina Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: North Carolina
    The North Carolina Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and…
    Agency
    • North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Description
    The North Carolina Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” Funding is available for projects that address consumer or producer education, food safety, marketing and promotion, pests and plant health, and research. The program is administered by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and it is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

    Learn more: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/scgrant/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    State and/or Local Organizations, Producer Associations, Academia, Community-Based Organizations, Individuals and other Specialty Crops Stakeholders
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Sarah Pearce
    Program Administrator
    North Carolina Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
    (919) 707-3158
  • North Carolina Swine Floodplain Buyout Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: North Carolina
    The North Carolina Swine Floodplain Buyout is a partnership between the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the United States Department of Agriculture. The program’s goal is to purchase…
    Agency
    • North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Description
    The North Carolina Swine Floodplain Buyout is a partnership between the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the United States Department of Agriculture. The program’s goal is to purchase conservation easements on swine production properties within 100-year floodplains to minimize the environmental impact of flooding near animal producing operations. Eligible swine operations must comply with state requirements and have been in the animal production industry since 2016.

    Learn more: http://www.ncagr.gov/SWC/easementprograms/SwineFloodplainBuyout.html
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    David B. Williams
    North Carolina Swine Floodplain Buyout
    Deputy Director
    (919) 707-3772
  • North Carolina Watershed Initiatives – Nutrient Sensitive Waters Strategies

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: North Carolina
    Certain North Carolina waterways have a history of exceeding healthy nutrient and chemical standards, thus are deemed “nutrient sensitive.” The North Carolina Nutrient Sensitive Waters Strategies Program protects these sensitive…
    Agency
    • North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Description
    Certain North Carolina waterways have a history of exceeding healthy nutrient and chemical standards, thus are deemed “nutrient sensitive.” The North Carolina Nutrient Sensitive Waters Strategies Program protects these sensitive waters. The program allows local soil and water conservation districts to help farmers comply with agriculture laws and regulations, by assisting them in managing chemical runoff. The four major watersheds targeted by the program are: Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, Neuse, and Tar-Pamlico. Farmers can receive financial and technical assistance through the program, including help implementing best management practice strategies.

    Learn more: http://www.ncagr.gov/SWC/watershed/NSW_strategies.html
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Vernon Cox
    Division of Soil and Water Conservation
    Director
    (919) 707-3770
  • North Carolina Wildlife Conservation Land Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: North Carolina
    The North Carolina Wildlife Conservation Land Program allows landowners to apply for a reduced property tax assessment if they manage a protected wildlife species or habitat. If the land is…
    Agency
    • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
    Description
    The North Carolina Wildlife Conservation Land Program allows landowners to apply for a reduced property tax assessment if they manage a protected wildlife species or habitat. If the land is deemed a wildlife conservation area, it can be taxed at a lower rate than its true value. The difference in taxes becomes a lien against the property.

    Learn more: https://www.ncwildlife.org/Conserving/Programs/Land-Conservation-Program
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    North Carolina
    Contact
    Brad Howard
    North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
    Division Chief, Wildlife
    (919) 707-0050
  • Northern Everglades Payment for Environmental Services Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    The Northern Everglades Payment for Environmental Services Program provides payments to ranchers who provide water retention and nutrient load reduction services. The South Florida Water Management District cooperatively implements the…
    Agency
    • South Florida Water Management District
    Description
    The Northern Everglades Payment for Environmental Services Program provides payments to ranchers who provide water retention and nutrient load reduction services. The South Florida Water Management District cooperatively implements the program with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and United States Department of Agriculture. Ranchers enter into 10-year contracts.

    Learn more: www.fresp.org/ne_pes.php
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Benita Whalen
    South Florida Water Management District
    (561) 682-2957
  • Partners for Fish and Wildlife

    • Landowner Benefits: Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners, cities, counties, and tribes to help meet the habitat needs of Federal Trust Species, which…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners, cities, counties, and tribes to help meet the habitat needs of Federal Trust Species, which include migratory birds, threatened species, endangered species, inter-jurisdictional fish, marine mammals, and other species of concern. The Partners Program can assist with projects in all habitat types, which conserve or restore native vegetation, hydrology, and soils associated with imperiled ecosystems. Participating landowners obtain technical assistance for appropriate management and stewardship of priority resources and financial support to help implement restoration activities.

    Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/partners/aboutus.html
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your Regional or State Partner for Fish and Wildlife Coordinator.
  • Precision Agricultural Cost-Share Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    The Suwannee River Water Management District Precision Agricultural Cost-Share Program provides funding to producers interested in implementing precision agricultural practices on their farms to reduce nutrient inputs and sustain yields.…
    Agency
    • Suwannee River Water Management District
    Description
    The Suwannee River Water Management District Precision Agricultural Cost-Share Program provides funding to producers interested in implementing precision agricultural practices on their farms to reduce nutrient inputs and sustain yields. Producers must enroll in applicable Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services best management practices. The maximum cost-share per producer is $100,000 per 5 years.

    Learn more: www.srwmd.state.fl.us/366/Agricultural-Cost-Share-Program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Ben Glass
    Suwannee River Water Management District
    (386) 362-1001
  • Private Projects that Support Estuary Programs

    • Landowner Benefit: Loan
    • Location: Delaware
    Private Projects that Support Estuary Programs are eligible to receive loans from the Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund. All projects must help meet Delaware’s water quality goals. Only privately-owned…
    Agency
    • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Description
    Private Projects that Support Estuary Programs are eligible to receive loans from the Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund. All projects must help meet Delaware’s water quality goals. Only privately-owned water quality improvement projects that are located within the watersheds of the Delaware Bay estuary and the Inland Bays estuary are eligible. Projects within the watershed of the Chesapeake Bay are not eligible. These watersheds cover approximately two thirds of the state.

    Learn more: https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/environmental-finance/estuary-programs/
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Loan
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private individuals, Companies, Nonprofit Organizations, and Other Entities
    Location
    Delaware
    Contact
    Greg Pope
    Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Environmental Finance
    (302) 739-9941
  • Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Department of Defense’s REPI Program provides authority and funding for cost-sharing partnerships between the Military Services, state and local governments, and private organizations to acquire conservation easements from willing…
    Agency
    • Department of Defense (DoD)
    Description
    The Department of Defense’s REPI Program provides authority and funding for cost-sharing partnerships between the Military Services, state and local governments, and private organizations to acquire conservation easements from willing landowners. These acquisitions promote compatible land use and preserve important natural resources and habitat surrounding military installations and ranges. Projects within sentinel landscapes receive priority consideration for this program.

    Learn more: https://www.repi.mil/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Military Installations and Ranges
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact the REPI Program office at, .
  • Recreational Trails Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded competitive grant program that provides financial assistance for the development of recreational trails, trailheads, and trailside facilities. Land owned by the grantee…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    Description
    The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded competitive grant program that provides financial assistance for the development of recreational trails, trailheads, and trailside facilities. Land owned by the grantee (or in the case of a nonprofit grantee, owned by a governmental entity) which is developed or acquired with program funds, will be dedicated for 99 years as an outdoor recreational site for the use and benefit of the general public. Land under control other than by ownership of the grantee, such as by lease, will be dedicated for a minimum of 25 years as an outdoor recreation area for the use and benefit of the general public. Eligible applicants include agencies of city, county, state, or federal governments; state and federally recognized Indian tribal governments; and nonprofit organizations that have an agreement with a government agency to develop public lands.

    Learn more: https://floridadep.gov/lands/land-and-recreation-grants/content/rtp-assistance
    Category
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Federal Government, State Government, Local Governments (Counties and Municipalities), Tribal Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Linda Reeves
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2501

    Lauren Cruz
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2501
  • Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Cost-Share Payments, Rental Payment, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is a partner-driven, locally-led approach to conservation. Through RCPP, conservation and agriculture partners propose innovative projects for NRCS to invest in to achieve landscape-level…
    Agency
    • USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
    Description
    The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is a partner-driven, locally-led approach to conservation. Through RCPP, conservation and agriculture partners propose innovative projects for NRCS to invest in to achieve landscape-level results. The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and its partners help producers install and maintain conservation activities in selected project areas. Partners leverage RCPP funding in project areas and report on the benefits achieved. RCPP offers new opportunities for NRCS, conservation partners, and agricultural producers to work together to harness innovation, expand the conservation mission, and demonstrate the value and efficacy of voluntary, private lands conservation.

    Learn more: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/rcpp/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Cost-Share Payments, Rental Payment, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural or silvicultural producer associations, farmer cooperatives or other groups of producers, state or local governments, American Indian tribes, municipal water treatment entities, water and irrigation districts, conservation-driven nongovernmental organizations and institutions of higher education, and conservation districts.
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local NRCS office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Center locator.
  • Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources Cost-Share Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    The Suwannee River Water Management District Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources Cost-Share Program provides funding to implement projects that protect Florida’s water supply by improving water quality, restoring natural systems,…
    Agency
    • Suwannee River Water Management District
    Description
    The Suwannee River Water Management District Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources Cost-Share Program provides funding to implement projects that protect Florida’s water supply by improving water quality, restoring natural systems, and providing flood protection. Eligible projects include those that advance aquifer recharge, conserve the water supply, develop alternative water supplies, enhance or restore natural systems, improve water quality, protect springs, and provide improved flood protection.

    Learn more: http://www.srwmd.state.fl.us/374/RIVER-Cost-Share-Program
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Suwannee River Water Management District
    (386) 362-1001
  • Rural Economic Development Initiative Community and Innovative Projects Cost-Share Funding Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    The St. Johns River Water Management District Rural Economic Development Initiative Community and Innovative Projects Cost-Share Funding Program provides funding for the construction costs of designated Rural Economic Development Initiative…
    Agency
    • St. Johns River Water Management District
    Description
    The St. Johns River Water Management District Rural Economic Development Initiative Community and Innovative Projects Cost-Share Funding Program provides funding for the construction costs of designated Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) communities projects or innovative projects. Projects designed to further the implementation of the St. John’s River Water Management District’s Core Mission Areas, Strategic Plan, Water Management Program, Surface Water Improvement and Management Plans, and Regional Water Supply Plan receive priority. The program may provide funding for up to 50 percent of the construction costs for selected projects and up to 100 percent of the construction costs for projects by REDI communities. Projects may span a maximum of two years from the start of construction.

    Learn more: https://www.sjrwmd.com/documents/funding/#FY2018-2019-redi
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Counties and Municipalities), Water Supply Authorities, and Other Public Entities
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Dale Jenkins
    St. Johns River Water Management District
    (386) 312-2304

    Mark Brandenburg
    St. Johns River Water Management District
    (407) 659-4806
  • Safe Harbor Agreements (SHAs)

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) is a voluntary agreement involving private or other non-federal property owners whose actions contribute to the recovery of species listed as endangered or threatened under the…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) is a voluntary agreement involving private or other non-federal property owners whose actions contribute to the recovery of species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In exchange for actions that contribute to the recovery of listed species on non-federal lands, participating property owners receive formal assurances from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that if they fulfill the conditions of the SHA, USFWS will not require any additional or different management activities by the participants without their consent. In addition, at the end of the agreement period, participants may return the enrolled property to the baseline conditions that existed at the beginning of the SHA.

    Learn more: www.fws.gov/endangered
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Non-federal Landowners
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your Regional USFWS Program Contact.
  • Section 319 Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Department of Environmental Protection administers the Federal Clean Water Act Section 319 Grants. The goal of the grants is to reduce nonpoint source pollution from land activities. Eligible projects…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    Description
    The Department of Environmental Protection administers the Federal Clean Water Act Section 319 Grants. The goal of the grants is to reduce nonpoint source pollution from land activities. Eligible projects include demonstration and evaluation of best management practices, nonpoint source pollution reduction in priority watersheds, green infrastructure/low impact development for stormwater, groundwater protection from nonpoint sources, public education programs on nonpoint source pollution management, and septic to sewer projects.

    Learn more: https://floridadep.gov/wra/319-tmdl-fund
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    State Government, Local Governments, Special Districts, Water Management Districts, and Public Colleges and Universities
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Emily Forinash
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2944
  • Sentinel Landscape Restoration Partnership and Building Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Arizona
    The Sentinel Landscape Restoration Partnership (SLRP) funds projects that will enhance the lands within the Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscape. SLRP is comprised of interested individuals, agencies, organizations, and groups with…
    Agency
    • Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
    • Department of Water Resources
    Description
    The Sentinel Landscape Restoration Partnership (SLRP) funds projects that will enhance the lands within the Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscape. SLRP is comprised of interested individuals, agencies, organizations, and groups with common goals around the Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscape. Through the partnership grants, the State seeks to fund applications that fulfil the common goals of SLRP. These common goals include increasing local collaboration and promoting coordinated action to resolve cross-jurisdictional natural resource issues, such as water quality and quantity, fire prevention, hazardous fuel reduction, urban forestry, invasive species, air quality, at risk ecosystems, economics, education, outreach, and other pressing issues.

    Learn more: https://dffm.az.gov/grants/community/partnership-grants

    https://new.azwater.gov/rural-programs/rural-water-groups
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), Nonprofit Organizations, and Public Educational Institutions
    Location
    Arizona
    Contact
    Department of Forestry and Fire Management
    (602) 771-1400
  • Source Water Protection Program (SWPP)

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Source Water Protection Program is designed to protect surface and ground water used as drinking water by rural residents. Full-time rural source water technicians work to identify areas where…
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Source Water Protection Program is designed to protect surface and ground water used as drinking water by rural residents. Full-time rural source water technicians work to identify areas where pollution prevention is most needed. Once areas for pollution prevention are identified, technicians work with state rural water associations to create local teams made up of citizens and individuals from federal, state, local, and private organizations. These teams collaborate to create a Rural Source Water Protection plan to promote clean source water. The plan identifies voluntary actions that farmers and ranchers can install to prevent source water pollution.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/source-water-protection/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Sport Fisheries Restoration (SFR) Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Sport Fisheries Restoration (SFR) Program provides grants to States to fund fishery, boating access, and aquatic education projects. The SFR Program was created to restore and better manage America's…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    The Sport Fisheries Restoration (SFR) Program provides grants to States to fund fishery, boating access, and aquatic education projects. The SFR Program was created to restore and better manage America's declining fishery resources. Through the purchases of fishing equipment, motorboat and small engine fuels and import duties the SFR Program is one of the most successful user pay, user benefit programs.

    Learn more: https://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/GrantProgramsIndex.htm
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    States, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Insular Areas fish & wildlife agencies
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your Regional Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Coordinator.
  • Springs Restoration Funding

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection provides funding assistance for projects that improve the quality and quantity of the state’s water resources. The Department works closely with the water management…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    Description
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection provides funding assistance for projects that improve the quality and quantity of the state’s water resources. The Department works closely with the water management districts, local governments, and other stakeholders to identify and implement springs projects that achieve restoration goals. Funds may be used for land acquisition to protect springs and for capital projects that protect the quality and quantity of spring water. Eligible projects are categorized into the following project types: agricultural best management practices, water conservation, hydrologic restoration, land acquisition, reuse, wastewater collection and treatment, stormwater, and other water quality.

    Learn more: https://floridadep.gov/springs/restoration-funding
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments, Water Supply Authorities, Public Entities, and Private Entities
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Sandy Waters
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2815

  • Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The Florida Communities Trust administers the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Program, which is funded through the Florida Forever Program. The Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Program provides grants for the acquisition…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Environmental Protection Florida Communities Trust
    Description
    The Florida Communities Trust administers the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Program, which is funded through the Florida Forever Program. The Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Program provides grants for the acquisition of interests in land for the restoration and preservation of working waterfronts.

    Learn more: https://floridadep.gov/lands/land-and-recreation-grants/content/fct-florida-communities-trust-home
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments and Nonprofit Working Waterfronts Organizations
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Linda Reeves
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2501

    Contacts by County
    Bill Bibby
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2501

    Pam Lister
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2501

    Rita Ventry
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2501
  • State Water Quality Assistance Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Florida
    The State Water Quality Assistance Grants support the implementation of best management practices to reduce pollution to impaired waters from urban stormwater discharges. Eligible projects include the development of urban…
    Agency
    • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    Description
    The State Water Quality Assistance Grants support the implementation of best management practices to reduce pollution to impaired waters from urban stormwater discharges. Eligible projects include the development of urban stormwater best management practices, monitoring to determine pollutant loads from the project, and public education activities associated with a project.

    Learn more: https://floridadep.gov/wra/319-tmdl-fund
    Category
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments and Water Management Districts
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Emily Forinash
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    (850) 245-2944
  • Sustainable Suwannee Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    The Suwannee River Water Management District Sustainable Suwannee Program provides funding to producers interested in implementing a sod-based rotation or silviculture on their farm in place of high intensity crops.…
    Agency
    • Suwannee River Water Management District
    Description
    The Suwannee River Water Management District Sustainable Suwannee Program provides funding to producers interested in implementing a sod-based rotation or silviculture on their farm in place of high intensity crops. Producers must enroll in applicable Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services best management practices. Eligible applicants include producers.

    Learn more: www.srwmd.state.fl.us/366/Agricultural-Cost-Share-Program
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Ben Glass
    Suwannee River Water Management District
    (386) 362-1001
  • Tree Assistance Program (TAP)

    • Landowner Benefit: Disaster Relief
    • Location: Nationwide
    The Tree Assistance Program provides financial assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines lost by natural disasters. Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/tree-assistance-program/index
    Agency
    • USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
    Description
    The Tree Assistance Program provides financial assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines lost by natural disasters.

    Learn more: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/tree-assistance-program/index
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Disaster Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Orchardist and Nursery Tree Growers
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    For more information, please contact your local FSA office. To locate the office nearest you, visit the USDA Service Locator page.
  • Tri-County Agricultural Area Water Management Partnership Cost-Share Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Florida
    Multiple agencies contribute funding, education, and technical assistance for growers in the tri-county agricultural areas of Flagler, Putman, and St. Johns counties. The Tri-County Agricultural Area Water Management Partnership Cost-Share…
    Agency
    • Tri-County Agricultural Area Water Management Partnership
    Description
    Multiple agencies contribute funding, education, and technical assistance for growers in the tri-county agricultural areas of Flagler, Putman, and St. Johns counties. The Tri-County Agricultural Area Water Management Partnership Cost-Share Program provides funding for up to 75 percent of the engineering, design, and construction costs of an approved project or up to 75 percent of the costs of approved practices/equipment. Eligible project types include subsurface drip, surface drip, overhead, high tunnels, sub irrigation drain tile, wet detention, and recovery/reuse. Eligible practices/equipment include banding equipment, pump upgrades with soil moisture sensors, soil moisture sensors, observation wells, soil plant analysis development meters, soil compaction meters, nurse tank and injection pumps for fertigation, and automated fertigation and irrigation controllers for drip systems. Growers must enroll in applicable Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services best management practices.

    Learn more: https://www.sjrwmd.com/localgovernments/funding/#tcaa
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Florida
    Contact
    Katie Hallas
    Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    (850) 617-1719
  • Tribal Wildlife Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Nationwide
    Tribal Wildlife Grants provide a competitive funding opportunity for Federally recognized Tribal governments to develop and implement programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural…
    Agency
    • DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    Description
    Tribal Wildlife Grants provide a competitive funding opportunity for Federally recognized Tribal governments to develop and implement programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished. Activities may include but are not limited to: planning for wildlife and habitat conservation, fish and wildlife conservation and management actions, fish and wildlife related laboratory and field research, natural history studies, habitat mapping, field surveys and population monitoring, habitat preservation, conservation easements, and public education that is relevant to the project.

    Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/grants.html
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Federally Recognized Tribal Governments
    Location
    Nationwide
    Contact
    To learn more, please contact your Regional Native American Liaison.
  • University of Georgia Extension Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Education and Training
    • Location: Georgia
    The University of Georgia Extension Program brings research-based agricultural information to people through educational support and advice. The county agents and specialists providing instruction are local experts in food safety,…
    Agency
    • University of Georgia
    Description
    The University of Georgia Extension Program brings research-based agricultural information to people through educational support and advice. The county agents and specialists providing instruction are local experts in food safety, proper eating habits, child safety, and parenting. The extension program reaches more than 2.6 million Georgians through education programs each year.

    Learn more: https://www.caes.uga.edu/extension-outreach/uga-extension.html
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Education and Training
    Applicant Eligibility
    Any Georgian
    Location
    Georgia
    Contact
    Laura Perry Johnson
    University of Georgia
    Associate Dean of Extension
    (706) 542-3824
  • Virginia Farmland Preservation Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Education and Training, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia Farmland Preservation Program preserves Virginia’s agricultural heritage and help farmers. The program provides funding for local governments to purchase agricultural conservation easements from local landowners. The easements preserve…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Description
    The Virginia Farmland Preservation Program preserves Virginia’s agricultural heritage and help farmers. The program provides funding for local governments to purchase agricultural conservation easements from local landowners. The easements preserve farmland for future generations. The program also provides educational resources and technical assistance to individual landowners.

    Learn more: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/conservation-and-environmental-farmland-preservation.shtml
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Education and Training, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), and Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Jennifer Perkins
    Virginia Office of Farmland Preservation
    Farmland Preservation Coordinator
    (804) 786-1906
  • Virginia 319 Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia 319 Grant Program is funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The program’s goal is to reduce nonpoint source pollution. The state awards grants for watershed restoration…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
    Description
    The Virginia 319 Grant Program is funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The program’s goal is to reduce nonpoint source pollution. The state awards grants for watershed restoration projects that follow agricultural best management practices and focus on the restoration of impaired streams. Grant projects must restore waterways which have been polluted by nonpoint source pollution.

    Learn more: https://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/CleanWaterFinancingAssistance/NonpointSourceFunding.aspx
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments, Interstate/Intrastate Agencies, Educational Institutions, and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Staff
    Nonpoint Source Funding
    (804) 698-4000
  • Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia Agricultural Best Practices Management Cost-Share Program assists farmers financially with conservation improvements. The cost-share program encourages farmers to implement conservation best management practices on their properties voluntarily. The…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
    Description
    The Virginia Agricultural Best Practices Management Cost-Share Program assists farmers financially with conservation improvements. The cost-share program encourages farmers to implement conservation best management practices on their properties voluntarily. The state provides landowners with funds to offset the costs of implementing water conservation measures that reduce pollution and increase farm productivity. Individual applicants may receive up to $100,000 in funds per year.

    Learn more: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/costshar2
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Virginia Soil and Water Conservation board
    (804) 786-8445
  • Virginia Agricultural Stewardship Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Virginia
    The General Assembly created the Virginia Agricultural Stewardship Program in 1996 through the Agricultural Stewardship Act. The stewardship program works with farmers to help them voluntarily resolve water quality problems…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Description
    The General Assembly created the Virginia Agricultural Stewardship Program in 1996 through the Agricultural Stewardship Act. The stewardship program works with farmers to help them voluntarily resolve water quality problems before enforcement action is taken. Eligible water quality issues include, but are not limited to manure runoff, nutrient runoff, crop field sediment erosion, and pesticide runoff. The program reviews complaints and helps farmers create action plans to comply with agricultural water quality rules.

    Learn more: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/conservation-and-environmental-agricultural-stewardship.shtml
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Map of regions and corresponding contacts can be found here.
  • Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia Agriculture and Forest Industries Development Fund (AFID) is an economic incentive program that supports the agriculture and forestry industries. AFID provides grants to local governments and other political…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Description
    The Virginia Agriculture and Forest Industries Development Fund (AFID) is an economic incentive program that supports the agriculture and forestry industries. AFID provides grants to local governments and other political subdivisions to attract and expand agribusiness and forestry operations to new communities. Grant amounts and terms vary with each recipient and are determined by the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.

    Learn more: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/agriculture-afid-facility-grants.shtml
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities)
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Stephen Versen
    Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Grant Program
    Fund Coordinator
    (804) 786-6911
  • Virginia Best Management Practices Tax Credit

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia Best Management Practices tax credit allows farmers to qualify for a state income tax credit if they implement state approved water quality best management practices. Participating farmers may…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Taxation
    Description
    The Virginia Best Management Practices tax credit allows farmers to qualify for a state income tax credit if they implement state approved water quality best management practices. Participating farmers may claim up to 25 percent of the first $100,000 spent on best management practices improvements. Eligible farmers must have a conservation plan approved by their Soil and Water Conservation District to participate in the program.

    Learn more: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/costshar3
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Virginia Department of Taxation
    (804) 786-2992
  • Virginia Conservation Easement Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia Department of Forestry is a qualified holder of conservation easements that can assist landowners with the requirements of an easement donation. Eligible land must be at least 50…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Forestry
    Description
    The Virginia Department of Forestry is a qualified holder of conservation easements that can assist landowners with the requirements of an easement donation. Eligible land must be at least 50 acres and 75 percent forested, and the landowner must participate in sustainable forest management. Donors may be eligible for tax benefits.

    Learn more: http://www.dof.virginia.gov/land/easement/donate-easement.htm
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Virginia Department of Forestry
    (434) 977-6555
  • Virginia Conservation Tillage Equipment Tax Credit

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia Conservation Tillage Equipment Tax Credit Programs incentivize farmers to use conservation friendly equipment, specifically “no-till” planters and drills which reduce soil compaction. Participating farmers will receive a tax…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Taxation
    Description
    The Virginia Conservation Tillage Equipment Tax Credit Programs incentivize farmers to use conservation friendly equipment, specifically “no-till” planters and drills which reduce soil compaction. Participating farmers will receive a tax credit for 25 percent of the purchase and installation cost of eligible equipment up to $4,000.

    Learn more: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/costshar3
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers, Landowners, and Corporations
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Virginia Department of Taxation
    (804) 786-2992
  • Virginia Forest Legacy Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia Forest Legacy Program is a partnership between the United States and Virginia Forest Services. Landowners with environmentally sensitive forests on their property may apply for this program. Eligible…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Forestry
    Description
    The Virginia Forest Legacy Program is a partnership between the United States and Virginia Forest Services. Landowners with environmentally sensitive forests on their property may apply for this program. Eligible land parcels must be at least 50 acres, be 75 percent forested, and the property title must be free from any liens or encumbrances. The program uses federal, state, and donated funds to purchase conservation easements. Landowners also have the option of donating land to this program. Land donors may be eligible for the Virginia Land Preservation Tax Program.

    Learn more: http://www.dof.virginia.gov/land/legacy/index.htm
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Andrew Fotinos
    Virginia Forest Legacy Program
    (434) 270-4090
  • Virginia Historic Preservation Easement Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Virginia
    Landowners with historically significant property may apply for the Virginia Historic Preservation Easement Program. The Department of Historic Resources can evaluate properties for easement purchase or landowners can donate an…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Historic Resources
    Description
    Landowners with historically significant property may apply for the Virginia Historic Preservation Easement Program. The Department of Historic Resources can evaluate properties for easement purchase or landowners can donate an easement. Land donors may be eligible for the Virginia Land Preservation Tax Credit Program.

    Learn more: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/land-conservation/lpc
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Karri Richardson
    Virginia Historic Preservation Easement Program
    Easement Program Assistant
    (804) 482-6094
  • Virginia Land Conservation Fund

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia Land Conservation Fund provides grants to state agencies and nonprofits for the purpose of preserving natural resources, farmlands, forests, and other open spaces. Grantees can use the funds…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
    Description
    The Virginia Land Conservation Fund provides grants to state agencies and nonprofits for the purpose of preserving natural resources, farmlands, forests, and other open spaces. Grantees can use the funds to purchase perpetual open space easements from private landowners and use those easements to protect environmentally sensitive areas.

    Learn more: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/virginia-land-conservation-foundation/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Government Sponsors (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), and Nonprofit Conservation Groups,
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Suzan Bulbulkaya
    Virginia Land Conservation Fund
    Environmental Specialist
    (804) 371-5218
  • Virginia Land Preservation Tax Credit

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Virginia
    The General Assembly created the Virginia Land Preservation Tax Credit to encourage landowners to preserve historically and culturally significant buildings. Landowners who donate a conservation easement to a public or…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Taxation
    Description
    The General Assembly created the Virginia Land Preservation Tax Credit to encourage landowners to preserve historically and culturally significant buildings. Landowners who donate a conservation easement to a public or private conservation agency are eligible for an income tax credit of up to 40 percent of the value of the land. Donated land must meet the Virginia Land Conservation Incentives Act requirements to qualify for the credit.

    Learn more: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/land-conservation/lpc
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners, and Corporations
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Virginia Department of Taxation
    (804) 786-2992
  • Virginia Natural Area Dedication Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia Natural Area Dedication Program provides landowners with an opportunity to preserve significant natural areas. Landowners with property that meets specific criteria may voluntarily place their land in the…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
    Description
    The Virginia Natural Area Dedication Program provides landowners with an opportunity to preserve significant natural areas. Landowners with property that meets specific criteria may voluntarily place their land in the Virginia Natural Area Preserve System. Donors retain land ownership, but development on the property is restricted. Land donors may be eligible for certain state tax credits as a result of their donation.

    Learn more: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural-heritage/dedicate
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Land Conservation Manager
    Virginia Natural Area Dedication Program
    (804) 371-5218
  • Virginia Nutrient Management Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Education and Training, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia Nutrient Management Program provides education and technical assistance to help farmers manage agricultural runoff. Nutrient management staff teach farmers how to effectively manage nutrients in an efficient and…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
    Description
    The Virginia Nutrient Management Program provides education and technical assistance to help farmers manage agricultural runoff. Nutrient management staff teach farmers how to effectively manage nutrients in an efficient and environmentally sustainable way. Staff also work with farmers to develop site-specific nutrient management plans for individual properties.

    Learn more: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/nutmgt
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Education and Training, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Tad Williams
    Virginia Nutrient Management Program
    Dairy and Small Farms Nutrient Management Specialist
    (540) 290-3602

    Tammy Holler
    Horticulture and Small Ruminant Nutrient Management Specialist
    (804) 229-2730
  • Virginia Outdoors Foundation

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) accepts donated open-space easements from private landowners. VOF holds a perpetual easement on the land to protect natural resources, habitats, watershed areas, and other environmentally…
    Agency
    • Virginia Outdoors Foundation
    Description
    The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) accepts donated open-space easements from private landowners. VOF holds a perpetual easement on the land to protect natural resources, habitats, watershed areas, and other environmentally significant areas. Landowners may qualify for tax credits from the state after an easement donation and can still use the land for farming and recreation.

    Learn more: https://www.virginiaoutdoorsfoundation.org/protect/easements/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Brett Christina Glymph
    Virginia Outdoors Foundation
    Executive Director
    (540) 347-7727
  • Virginia Poultry Litter Transport Incentive Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia Poultry Litter Transport Incentive Program works to prevent agricultural pollution and encourage sustainable farming. The program encourages the use of poultry litter as an environmentally friendly crop nutrient…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
    Description
    The Virginia Poultry Litter Transport Incentive Program works to prevent agricultural pollution and encourage sustainable farming. The program encourages the use of poultry litter as an environmentally friendly crop nutrient source. The use of poultry litter as an alternative reduces harmful chemical runoff into waterways and improves water quality. The program helps more farmers access poultry litter and aims to create self-sustaining poultry litter markets.

    Learn more: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/nmlitter
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers, and Litter Brokers
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Wayne Davis
    Virginia Poultry Litter Transport Incentive Program
    Eastern Area Contact
    (804) 443-6752
    Jim Echols
    Western Area Contact
    (540) 332-9991
  • Virginia Precision Agricultural Equipment Tax Credit

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia Precision Agricultural Equipment Tax Credit Program incentivizes farmers to use conservation friendly equipment. Landowners may claim a credit of up to 25 percent of the purchase of certain…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Taxation
    Description
    The Virginia Precision Agricultural Equipment Tax Credit Program incentivizes farmers to use conservation friendly equipment. Landowners may claim a credit of up to 25 percent of the purchase of certain equipment. Eligible equipment includes liquid fertilizer sprayers, pneumatic fertilizer applicators, monitors and flow regulators, manure applicators, and other equipment designed to preserve resources.

    Learn more: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/costshar3
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Virginia Department of Taxation
    (804) 786-2992
  • Virginia Shoreline Erosion Advisory Service

    • Landowner Benefits: Education and Training, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia Shoreline Advisory Service assists private landowners, businesses, and local government prevent the spread of coastal erosion. The service provides technical assistance, education, and site and construction inspections for…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
    Description
    The Virginia Shoreline Advisory Service assists private landowners, businesses, and local government prevent the spread of coastal erosion. The service provides technical assistance, education, and site and construction inspections for individuals and entities concerned about erosion, free of charge.

    Learn more: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/seas
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Education and Training, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners, Businesses, and Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities)
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Mike Vanlandingham
    Virginia Shoreline Erosion Advisory Service
    Shoreline Engineer
    (804) 443-1494

    Aaron Wendt
    Virginia Shoreline Erosion Advisory Service
    Shoreline Engineer
    (804) 443-5642
  • Virginia Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Virginia
    The Virginia Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery…
    Agency
    • Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Description
    The Virginia Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” Funding is available for projects that address consumer or producer education, food safety, marketing and promotion, pests and plant health, and research. The program is administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture, and it is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

    Learn more: https://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/sales-specialty-crop-competitive-grant-program.shtml
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    State and/or Local Organizations, Producer Associations, Academia, Community-Based Organizations, Individuals, and other Specialty Crop Stakeholders
    Location
    Virginia
    Contact
    Melissa Ball
    Virginia Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
    Special Projects Manager
    (804) 786-5448
  • Washington Agricultural Conservation Easement Policy

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Washington
    Under the Washington State Conservation Commission’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Policy, the Commission may sponsor landowner proposals for state and federal programs that grant funding for agricultural easements. These programs include…
    Agency
    • Washington State Conservation Commission
    Description
    Under the Washington State Conservation Commission’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Policy, the Commission may sponsor landowner proposals for state and federal programs that grant funding for agricultural easements. These programs include the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s Farmland Preservation Grants and the Federal Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. The Commission partners with county level conservation districts to establish agricultural easements. The Commission is accepting applications for landowner sponsorship.

    Learn more: https://scc.wa.gov/ofp-easements/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Washington State Conservation Commission
    Office of Farmland Preservation
  • Washington All Forest Restoration and Building Forest Partnership Grant Programs

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington All Forest Restoration and Building Forest Partnership Grant Programs help forest collaboratives improve the health of forests. The All Forest Restoration Grant Program provides funding for collaboratives to…
    Agency
    • Washington Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    The Washington All Forest Restoration and Building Forest Partnership Grant Programs help forest collaboratives improve the health of forests. The All Forest Restoration Grant Program provides funding for collaboratives to manage forests by means of tree thinning and prescribed fire. The Program also helps forest collaboratives develop partnerships with other organizations and engage the public.

    Learn more: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/publications/rp_collaboratives_grants_2pager.pdf?m9vnyg&9u73kq
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Conservation Groups, State and Federal Agencies, Tribal Governments, Timber workers and other Community Members
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Amy Ramsey
    Department of Natural Resources
    Forest Health Strategic Plan Coordinator
    (360) 902-1309
  • Washington Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account Grant Program provides funding for the acquisition, improvement, and protection of aquatic lands. Eligible projects include but are not limited to the removal of…
    Agency
    • Washington Recreation and Conservation Funding Board
    Description
    The Washington Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account Grant Program provides funding for the acquisition, improvement, and protection of aquatic lands. Eligible projects include but are not limited to the removal of bulkheads to restore natural beaches, restoration of estuaries, and restoration of shorelines for salmon habitat. A 50 percent match is required for every project. Projects must be completed on a navigable body of water, which includes all marine waters, rivers affected by the tides, and certain rivers and lakes.

    Learn more: https://www.rco.wa.gov/grants/alea.shtml
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    State Agencies, Local Agencies, and Tribal Governments
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Josh Nicholas
    Washington Recreation and Conservation Funding Board
    (360) 902-2685
     
  • Washington Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account Volunteer Cooperative Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Education and Training, Grant
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account Volunteer Cooperative Grant Program is a grant program, which funds projects that engage volunteers and benefit fish and wildlife. Eligible projects include: restoration and…
    Agency
    • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    Description
    The Washington Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account Volunteer Cooperative Grant Program is a grant program, which funds projects that engage volunteers and benefit fish and wildlife. Eligible projects include: restoration and preservation of fish and wildlife habitat; research of fish and wildlife species; public educational initiatives; development of facilities that enhance fish and wildlife related recreation; and efforts to rear and release fish and wildlife.

    Learn more: https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/habitat-recovery/alea
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Education and Training, Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Tribal Governments, Conservation Districts, Educational Institutions, Nonprofit Organizations, and Individuals
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account Program Contact
    Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    (360) 902-2685
  • Washington Coastal Protection Fund - Terry Husseman Account Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Coastal Protection Fund - Terry Husseman Account provides funding for projects that restore or enhance environmental, recreational, archaeological, or aesthetic resources. This grant program is part of the…
    Agency
    • Washington Department of Ecology
    Description
    The Washington Coastal Protection Fund - Terry Husseman Account provides funding for projects that restore or enhance environmental, recreational, archaeological, or aesthetic resources. This grant program is part of the larger two-part Coastal Protection Fund, the other half of which deals with cleaning up oil spills. Eligible projects include riparian restoration, wetland restoration, stream bank stabilization, and fish and wildlife habitat enhancement. Projects are evaluated based on expected environmental benefits, budget quality, local support, cost effectiveness, readiness of project sponsor, and stakeholder involvement. Projects that develop a Best Management Practice must have a landowner agreement or a conservation easement for all relevant properties.

    Learn more: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/How-we-operate/Grants-loans/Find-a-grant-or-loan/Coastal-protection-fund
    Category
    • Coastal Restoration
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), Tribal Governments, State Agencies, Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups, and Special Purpose Districts
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Amy Krause
    Washington Department of Ecology
    Headquarters fund coordinator/financial manager
    (360) 407-7107
  • Washington Community Forest Trust Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Washington
    The Community Forest Trust Lands are working forests of significant value to local residents. Community Forest Trust Lands are jointly purchased by the state and local communities from private forestland…
    Agency
    • Washington Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    The Community Forest Trust Lands are working forests of significant value to local residents. Community Forest Trust Lands are jointly purchased by the state and local communities from private forestland owners or other state land trusts. Communities must contribute at least 50 percent of the difference between the land’s appraised fair market value and the land’s timber and forest land value. Communities nominate forestland to the Board of Natural Resources and, if approved, the proposed land is submitted to the Washington State legislature for funding. Community Forest Trust Lands are managed by the Department according to the trust lands management plan, which must specify financial, conservation, and recreation objectives.

    Learn more: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/managed-lands/washington-community-forest-trust-program
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Leah Dobey
    Department of Natural Resources
    Recreation Manager
    Conservation, Recreation, and Transactions Division
    (360) 902-1624
  • Washington Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Rental Payment, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is a joint State-Federal funded program that compensates farmers for planting native trees and shrubs near waterways. Trees and shrubs form a buffer between…
    Agency
    • Washington State Conservation Commission
    Description
    The Washington Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is a joint State-Federal funded program that compensates farmers for planting native trees and shrubs near waterways. Trees and shrubs form a buffer between farmland and eligible waterways improving stream conditions and enhancing salmon habitat. Although the program is authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and administered by the Farm Service Agency, the Washington State Conservation Commission provides additional funding and coordination. Conservation districts and Federal National Resource Conservation Service staff provide technical assistance. Landowners receive annual rental payments for 10 to 15 years after the land is restored.

    Learn more: https://scc.wa.gov/crep/
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Rental Payment, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Agricultural Producers
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Brian Cochrane
    Washington State Conservation Commission
    Program Coordinator
    (360) 407-7103
  • Washington Coordinated Resource Management

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Coordinated Resource Management Program provides support for local landowners and residents to resolve land use and natural resources issues. The program is voluntary, locally led, and landowner-initiated. The…
    Agency
    • Washington State Conservation Commission
    Description
    The Washington Coordinated Resource Management Program provides support for local landowners and residents to resolve land use and natural resources issues. The program is voluntary, locally led, and landowner-initiated. The two aims of the program are: to develop compatible use of natural resources in Washington State, such as agriculture and wildlife habitat; and to enhance land and water resources. The program helps local landowners and groups identify funding opportunities, develop and implement a collaborative process for resolving issues, identify stakeholders and partners, and troubleshoot particular problem areas.

    Learn more: https://scc.wa.gov/crm/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Ray Ledgerwood
    Washington State Conservation Commission
    Program Facilitator
    (208) 301-4728
  • Washington Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Grant, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Estuary and Salmon Restoration Grant Program aims to protect and restore the Puget Sound nearshore. The program provides both funding and technical assistance. The Department of Fish and…
    Agency
    • Washington Department Fish and Wildlife
    Description
    The Washington Estuary and Salmon Restoration Grant Program aims to protect and restore the Puget Sound nearshore. The program provides both funding and technical assistance. The Department of Fish and Wildlife created the program to advance the goals of the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project. One of the overarching goals of the project is the restoration of shoreline and nearshore habitats critical to salmon and other fish species in Puget Sound. Grants are available in the following categories: Restoration and Protection, Small Grants, Regional Pre-Design, and Shore Friendly. Eligible projects focus on the protection of nearshore and wetland habitats and restoration of salmon habitat and estuaries.

    Learn more: https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/habitat-recovery/nearshore/conservation/programs/esrp
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Federal, State, and Local Agencies, Tribal Governments, Academic Institutions, Private Institutions, and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Jay Krienitz
    Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    Program Manager
    (360) 902-2572
  • Washington Family Forest Fish Passage Program

    • Landowner Benefits: Other, Technical Assistance
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Family Forest Fish Passage Program helps private forestland owners remove culverts and other barriers that prevent salmon, trout, and other fish from reaching upstream habitat. The program funds…
    Agency
    • Washington Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    The Washington Family Forest Fish Passage Program helps private forestland owners remove culverts and other barriers that prevent salmon, trout, and other fish from reaching upstream habitat. The program funds the replacement of eligible culverts and barriers with new structures that do not obstruct streamflow. The structure being removed must be on an eligible stream that provides habitat for salmon, trout, and other fish species. Barriers whose removal would provide the greatest benefit to fish habitat receive priority.

    Learn more: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/fffpp
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Other, Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Laurie Cox
    Department of Natural Resources
    Program Manager
    (360) 902-1404
  • Washington Farmland Preservation Grants

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    • Location: Washington
    In 2005, the Washington Wildlife Recreation Program expanded, creating the Washington Farmland Preservation Grant Program. The Program provides funding to eligible entities for the preservation of farmlands threatened with development…
    Agency
    • Washington Recreation and Conservation Funding Board
    Description
    In 2005, the Washington Wildlife Recreation Program expanded, creating the Washington Farmland Preservation Grant Program. The Program provides funding to eligible entities for the preservation of farmlands threatened with development . All projects must include either the acquisition of development rights through the purchase of a conservation easement or the acquisition of a lease. Projects may include enhancement or restoration of farmland, as well as development of farm stewardship plans. A 50 percent match is required.

    Learn more: https://www.rco.wa.gov/grants/farmland.shtml
    Category
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), Nonprofits (Nature Conservancies or Associations), and Washington State Conservation Commission
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Marguerite Austin
    Washington Recreation and Conservation Funding Board
    Recreation and Conservation Grants Section Manager
    (360) 902-3016
  • Washington Floodplains by Design

    • Landowner Benefits: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    • Location: Washington
    Washington Floodplains by Design is a grant program that funds projects that help communities reduce flood hazards and restore natural ecosystem functions. The program is a partnership between federal, state,…
    Agency
    • Washington Department of Ecology
    Description
    Washington Floodplains by Design is a grant program that funds projects that help communities reduce flood hazards and restore natural ecosystem functions. The program is a partnership between federal, state, local, and private organizations that helps strengthen and coordinate investment for the management of floodplains throughout Washington state. Eligible projects must help restore the ecological function of riparian areas, wetlands, estuaries, and other floodplain habitats, and reduce flood risk and flood damage. Projects may enhance agricultural land in floodplains and may include land acquisition and the purchase of conservation easements.

    Learn more: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/How-we-operate/Grants-loans/Find-a-grant-or-loan/Floodplains-by-design
    Category
    • Community Resilience
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition, Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), Tribal Governments, Port Districts, Flood Control Zone Districts, Flood Control and Diking and Drainage Districts, Conservation Districts, Municipal and Quasi-Municipal Corporations, and Nonprofit Organizations
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Bev Huether
    Washington Department of Ecology
    Financial Manager

    (360) 407-7254
  • Washington Forest Legacy Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Forest Legacy Program is a federal grant program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and carried out by the Washington Department of Natural Resources.…
    Agency
    • Washington Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    The Washington Forest Legacy Program is a federal grant program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and carried out by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Funding is used to purchase conservation easements that preserve forestland. Three quarters of a project’s cost will be provided by the federal government and the remainder will be provided by Washington state or other partners. Every state that participates can submit up to three projects for federal funding every fiscal year. Projects are selected by a state panel if more than three applications are submitted.

    Learn more: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/leaving-legacy-forests
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Julie Armbruster
    Department of Natural Resources
    Forest Legacy Program Coordinator
    (360) 902-1636
  • Washington Forest Riparian Easement Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Forest Riparian Easement Program is a landowner compensation program to protect riparian habitat. The program reimburses landowners for value of the trees required to protect fish habitat in…
    Agency
    • Washington Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    The Washington Forest Riparian Easement Program is a landowner compensation program to protect riparian habitat. The program reimburses landowners for value of the trees required to protect fish habitat in exchange for the landowner allowing Washington state to establish a conservation easement. The program provides compensation for trees next to streams, wetlands, seeps, or unstable slopes. A minimum of 50 percent of the timber value of the trees left over to protect riparian habitat is reimbursed. Compensation is paid in one lump sum. Priority for new applications is based on the date the Department receives the application and varies based on funding for the program.

    Learn more: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/programs-and-services/forest-practices/small-forest-landowners/forestry-riparian-easement-program
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Small Forest Landowner
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Dan Pomerenk
    Riparian Easement Program Manager
    (360) 902-1427
  • Washington Forest Stewardship and Technical Assistance Programs

    • Landowner Benefit: Technical Assistance
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Forest Stewardship and Technical Assistance Program helps forest owners assess resource conditions and forest health, identify potential problems and opportunities, and learn more about how they can adopt…
    Agency
    • Washington Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    The Washington Forest Stewardship and Technical Assistance Program helps forest owners assess resource conditions and forest health, identify potential problems and opportunities, and learn more about how they can adopt recommended management practices. The program also helps landowners to develop and implement a Forest Stewardship Plan, which can qualify owners for various forms of financial assistance to guide future management. The Technical Assistance program helps landowners with topics such as long-term Forest Practices Applications, low impact harvest activities, State Forest Practices rules and Forest Practices Applications, alternate plans, and road construction techniques. Only private forestland owners with more than 10 acres are eligible for an in-person consultation, however landowners with less acreage can receive assistance by phone or email.

    Learn more: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/programs-and-services/forest-practices/small-forest-landowners/forest-stewardship-program
    Category
    • Sustainable Forestry
    Landowner Benefit
    Technical Assistance
    Applicant Eligibility
    Private Landowners
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Tami Miketa
    Department of Natural Resources
    (360) 902-1415
  • Washington Heritage Barn Grants

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Heritage Barn Grant Program is designed to preserve Heritage Barns throughout Washington State. on the Department considers the historical significance of the barn, urgency of needed repairs, and…
    Agency
    • Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
    Description
    The Washington Heritage Barn Grant Program is designed to preserve Heritage Barns throughout Washington State. on the Department considers the historical significance of the barn, urgency of needed repairs, and provision for long-term preservation when determining the amount of grant funding. Barns that are in agricultural use, are listed in the National Register, or are outstanding examples of a particular era receive priority.

    Learn more: https://dahp.wa.gov/historic-registers/heritage-barn-register/heritage-barn-grants
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Jennifer Mortensen
    Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
    Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
    (206) 462-2999 (direct)
  • Washington Historic Cemetery Grant Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Historic Cemetery Grant Program is a capital grant program that provides funding for construction, maintenance, renovation, or rehabilitation projects that preserve the historic character, features, and materials of…
    Agency
    • Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
    Description
    The Washington Historic Cemetery Grant Program is a capital grant program that provides funding for construction, maintenance, renovation, or rehabilitation projects that preserve the historic character, features, and materials of historic cemeteries. Evaluation criteria include the historic value of the cemetery and the percentage of military burials in the cemetery. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation manages the grant portion of program under contract with the Department.

    Learn more: https://dahp.wa.gov/archaeology/cemeteries/historic-cemetery-grant-program
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Governments (Cities, Counties, Towns, and Municipalities), Nonprofit Organizations, and Private Landowners (through a sponsor or allow public access through a 10-year easement)
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Julianne Patterson
    Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
    Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
    (206) 624-9449
  • Washington Historic Preservation Easements

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Washington
    In addition to the non-permanent easements the Department provides through established grant programs, the Washington Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation accepts permanent historic preservation easements, which mostly preserve facades…
    Agency
    • Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
    Description
    In addition to the non-permanent easements the Department provides through established grant programs, the Washington Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation accepts permanent historic preservation easements, which mostly preserve facades and historic buildings. Staff reported that although the Department is accepting applications for permanent historic preservation easements.

    Learn more: https://dahp.wa.gov/grants-and-funding/easements
    Category
    • Cultural and Historic Significance
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Historic Property Owners
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Nicholas Vann
    Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
    (360) 586-3079
  • Washington Land Acquisition Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Land Acquisition Program allows the Department to purchase land best suited to promote the Department’s conservation goals in Washington state. The Department currently manages over one million acres…
    Agency
    • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    Description
    The Washington Land Acquisition Program allows the Department to purchase land best suited to promote the Department’s conservation goals in Washington state. The Department currently manages over one million acres in public land. The bulk of the Department’s funding comes from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s grants. The Department is required to receive approval from the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission--a citizen panel appointed by the Governor--before finalizing the transactions.

    Learn more: https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/wdfw-lands/land-acquisitions#
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local and Tribal Governments, Nonprofit Organizations, and Private Landowners
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Cynthia Wilkerson
    Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    Land Division Manager
    (360) 902-2696
  • Washington Land and Water Conservation Fund

    • Landowner Benefit: Grant
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Land and Water Conservation Fund, administered by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, is a federal program that provides funding for outdoor recreation resources. The Board is…
    Agency
    • Washington Recreation and Conservation Funding Board
    Description
    The Washington Land and Water Conservation Fund, administered by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, is a federal program that provides funding for outdoor recreation resources. The Board is responsible for initiating the grant approval, setting the terms of grants, and approving extensions for projects. The United States National Park Service is responsible for final approval of project applications, agreements, and changes. Eligible projects include the preservation and protection of wildlife habitat.

    Learn more: https://www.rco.wa.gov/grants/lwcf.shtml
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Recreation and Public Access
    Landowner Benefit
    Grant
    Applicant Eligibility
    Local Agencies, Special Purpose Districts, Tribal Governments, and State Agencies
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Marguerite Austin
    Washington Recreation and Conservation Funding Board
    Recreation and Conservation Grants Section Manager
    (360) 902-3016
  • Washington Natural Areas Program

    • Landowner Benefit: Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Natural Areas Program protects ecologically valuable areas by conserving land under two different designations: Natural Areas Preserves and Natural Resources Conservation Areas. Both categories protect native plant and…
    Agency
    • Washington Department of Natural Resources
    Description
    The Washington Natural Areas Program protects ecologically valuable areas by conserving land under two different designations: Natural Areas Preserves and Natural Resources Conservation Areas. Both categories protect native plant and animal habitats. Natural Areas Preserves are designed to protect the highest quality ecosystem that harbor rare plant and animal species, whereas Natural Resources Conservation Areas protect geologic features, archaeological resources, and scenic attributes, in addition to plant and animal habitats. Natural areas are acquired by land purchases, donations, and exchanges using funding from state and federal grants.

    Learn more: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/managed-lands/natural-areas
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Conservation Easement or Land Acquisition
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Department of Natural Resources
    (360) 902-1600
  • Washington Natural Resource Investments

    • Landowner Benefit: Cost-Share Payments
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington State Conservation Commission provides funding to county level conservation districts for incentives for landowners to implement best management practices that further the state’s conservation goals. Conservation districts are…
    Agency
    • Washington State Conservation Commission
    Description
    The Washington State Conservation Commission provides funding to county level conservation districts for incentives for landowners to implement best management practices that further the state’s conservation goals. Conservation districts are government subdivisions of Washington state that work collaboratively with landowners. Natural Resources Investment funds provide cost-sharing to landowners interested in installing practices that promote the state’s conservation goals including salmon recovery, climate resilience, and forest health. In addition to cost sharing, funding is made available for technical assistance.

    Learn more: https://scc.wa.gov/nri/
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    Landowner Benefit
    Cost-Share Payments
    Applicant Eligibility
    Public and Private Landowners through Conservation Districts
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Ray Ledgerwood
    Washington State Conservation Commission
    (208) 301-4728
  • Washington Open Space Taxation Act - Current Use Taxation

    • Landowner Benefit: Tax Relief
    • Location: Washington
    The Washington Open Space Taxation Act allows landowners to have open space, agricultural lands, and timberlands valued at their current use (known as Current Use Taxation). Under this system, landowners…
    Agency
    • Washington Department of Revenue
    Description
    The Washington Open Space Taxation Act allows landowners to have open space, agricultural lands, and timberlands valued at their current use (known as Current Use Taxation). Under this system, landowners receive property tax reductions for conserving their land by having it assessed at its current use as opposed to its most productive use. Landowners have the option of classifying their land as open space, timberland, or agricultural land. Applications for open space or timberland classification must be filed with the county legislative authority. Applications for farm and agricultural land classification must be filed with the county assessor.

    Learn more: https://dor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/Docs/Pubs/Prop_Tax/OpenSpace.pdf
    Category
    • Habitat Restoration
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Forestry
    • Water Conservation
    • Wetland Restoration
    Landowner Benefit
    Tax Relief
    Applicant Eligibility
    Landowners
    Location
    Washington
    Contact
    Washington Department of Revenue,
    Property Tax Division
    (360) 534-1400