Key partner in NH Farm Future Fund, amid 5th year of funding


The NH Farm Future Fund has $100,000 available in the 2024 grant round for land trusts seeking to help New Hampshire farms conserve their land and improve the viability of their farm business. The hope is to support five additional farms in this next round. The fund is an integrated approach to funding farm viability, farmland conservation, and farmland access in New Hampshire. The goal of this fund is to ensure that farmland is conserved, productive, and available for future generations.

This program is privately funded and administered by the Cheshire County Conservation District on behalf of the NH Association of Conservation Districts. Land For Good and the NH Community Loan Fund are key partners in making this grant possible.

Since 2020, $352,000 has been distributed to 18 farms in partnership with land trusts across the Granite State. Land For Good has provided technical assistance to many recipients, offering guidance on succession planning and/or helping develop succession plans for the farm businesses and land.  Read about past project recipients.

NH Association of Conservation District is now seeking requests for proposals from land trusts for:

  • Financial assistance to offset costs associated with farmland conservation projects
  • Technical assistance to support farm business viability and succession planning

Land trust applicants should be committed to bringing together experts in land conservation, succession planning, and farm viability to advance the farm’s business goals. Eligible applicants must be nonprofit tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations that have land conservation as their primary function and are actively working to conserve farmland in the state of New Hampshire.

Note these deadlines! Prospective applicants must schedule their initial discovery meeting no later than March 31st. Completed applications are due by May 31st.

To get started, review the request for proposals and application materials.

Funding is provided by the You Have Our Trust Fund and the Madison Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. For further information, to discuss project proposals, or donations to the grant program contact Amanda Littleton at amanda@cheshireconservation.org.

The Cheshire County Conservation District promotes the conservation and responsible use of our natural and agricultural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial, and educational assistance. Our goal is to encourage the stewardship of healthy soils, productive ecologically sound farms, diverse wildlife, productive sustainable forests, healthy watersheds, and clean water to ensure those resources are available for future generations. Established in 1945, the Conservation District operates out of Walpole, NH where we work alongside the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners. For more information, contact Amanda Littleton at amanda@cheshireconservation.org

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