Cypress Lake morning photo

The Land Conservation Program requires full applications to be submitted for its tax credit, grant and loan programs. Information on the Conservation Tax Credit program can be found under the Tax Credit tab of this website.

Grants are available to state government agencies to pay for due diligence expenses incurred while facilitating conservation easement donations. Grants to conduct nonpoint source water pollution abatement projects are also available through the EPD's 319h grant program.

Low interest loan funds remain available for more types of permanent land conservation projects, including fee-title and easement acquisitions. Loan applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year. Interested applicants can submit Conservation Project Proposals in order to determine the eligibility of a project for future assistance through the Land Conservation Program, to obtain referrals from GLCP staff to other potential funding sources, and to receive technical support for project development.

Upon receipt of a complete application, the GLCP review process takes approximately 100 days. A complete loan or grant application must include a certified appraisal, the landowner's signature, and in the case of a proposed conservation easement, a fully negotiated easement document. The Council will consider fully reviewed applications at each of its quarterly meetings, pending available funds. Use the application below that most closely corresponds to your pending project and use the information resources to complete your application.