Farmland Protection Implementation Grants

The Onondaga County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board (AFPB) is now accepting Pre-Applications for projects seeking Board endorsement to apply for New York State Farmland Protection Implementation Grants (FPIG).

The current solicitation is focused on 3 current and upcoming state funding opportunities:

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements: State announcement of a Request for Proposals is anticipated in Spring 2020. The AFPB deadline for pre-applications to the County is DECEMBER 6, 2019.

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements for Dairy Transition Projects meeting specific state requirements: NYS announced a second round of funding with a rolling submission/award cycle, until funding is expended. Proposals received DECEMBER 6, 2019 will be considered as part of the current endorsement process, although applications may be submitted anytime.

Transaction Costs for Donated Agricultural Conservation Easements: There is no deadline for pre-proposals to the AFPB.

Endorsement by the county Farmland Protection Board is a requirement of application to the state. The AFPB has developed a pre-application process to determine those most eligible for endorsement. Please use this link to access application materials, instructions and related links: http://ongov.net/planning/pdr.html .

A workshop for interested landowners/farmers will be held NOVEMBER 26, 2019 (details to come). The workshop will cover the following topics:
 the FPIG grants being offered by the State
 overview of the AFPB Pre-Application and full State application requirements and process
 landowner considerations in placing conservation easements on your land
 site planning overview and 1-on-1 assistance for those submitting site plans to NYS for review (NYS is conducting a voluntary site plan review process)
Attendees must RSVP by NOVEMBER 15, 2019 to Melanie Palmer of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County, at mjp232@cornell.edu, or (315)424-9485×228. Please provide a list of tax parcels for any lands you own, and those you are considering for site planning, so that base maps may be prepared for the site planning assistance portion of the meeting.

Questions? Please contact myself or any of the contacts listed in the pre-application instructions. We look forward to some great proposals and protection of farmland in Onondaga County!

Thank you for your consideration,
Megan Costa
on behalf of the Onondaga County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board