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NH Farm Future Fund announce a second year of funding

NH Association of Conservation Districts recently announced the second round of the NH Farm Future Fund. The mission of the NH Farm Future Fund is to provide funding for farm viability planning in concert with the conservation of important agricultural soils. This program will leverage the opportunity of putting a conservation easement on farmland to also invest in the future viability of the farm business.

The goal is to ensure farmland is conserved, productive, and available for future generations.

There is $100,000 available in the 2021 funding cycle. Awards no greater than $20,000 will be considered. The NH Farm Future Fund is an integrated approach to funding farm viability, farmland conservation, and farmland access. Funding is available to support activities in two broad categories: financial assistance to offset costs associated with farmland conservation projects, and 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.

Before applying for a NH Farm Future grant, applicants should carefully review the request for proposals and application materials at cheshireconservation.org/nhfarmfuturefund.

Completed applications are due on February 15, 2021 and can be submitted digitally or by hard copy through the mail. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by the due date. Proposals can be mailed to NH Farm Future Fund, Cheshire County Conservation District, 11 Industrial Park Dr, Walpole NH 03608 or emailed to amanda@cheshireconservation.org Successful grant applicants will be notified of award by late March 2021.

The Farm Future Fund is a grant program that is privately funded and administered by the Cheshire County Conservation District on behalf of the NH Association of Conservation Districts. Key partners in making this grant possible are the NH Community Loan Fund and Land for Good. Funding is provided by the You Have Our Trust Fund and the Madison Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation. For further information, to discuss project proposals, or donations to the grant program contact: Amanda Littleton at (603) 756-2988 ext.4  or 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 603-756-2988 ext.4 or email at amanda@cheshireconservation.org

For more information, visit cheshireconservation.org/nhfarmfuturefund

 

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