Conservation Grant and Assistance Programs

Federal and state programs provide a number of opportunities for landowners looking to improve or preserve their property. From funding to technical assistance, private landowners can take advantage of government grants for land purchases, tax incentives for conservation projects, and more.

For many landowners, however, there is a significant challenge in identifying and applying for the right opportunities in their area. That’s where the Private Landowner Network comes in. On this page you’ll find links to information about state and federal grants, loan programs and other funding sources. From California to Maine, we’ve got the resources you need to make smart decisions about the future of your land, while gaining valuable tax advantages in the process.

Click a state to find federal and state grant/technical assistance programs


National Land Conservation Programs

These national land conservation funding and technical assistance programs are national in scope and the majority are offered by the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service.

The following federal assistance programs are designed to promote conservation activities, habitat protection or restoration on your land through grants, cost share, or technical assistance.

Department of Interior - Bureau of Land Management
Department of Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service Programs
Education Programs
EPA Programs
Federal and State Tax Incentives and Programs
Federal Incentives
Grant Programs
Organic Certification Programs
State Funding / Technical Resources
USDA - Forest Service Programs
USDA - FSA Programs
USDA - NRCS Programs
USDA Programs - Other

Learn About Conservation Districts

conservation districts

For over 65 years, conservation districts have worked in partnership with state and federal agencies and private organizations to deliver conservation assistance to private landowners nationwide. There are nearly 3,000 conservation districts - one in almost every county. Now expanded to serve all the conservation needs of our nation, districts educate and help local citizens conserve land, water, forests, wildlife and other resources.

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Find your local Cooperative Extension office

Find your local Cooperative Extension officeThe cooperative extension service is designed to help people use research based knowledge to improve their land. Administered through thousands of county extension offices, extension brings land-grant expertise to the most local of levels in affiliation with the state's designated land-grant universities.
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State-Level Resources

If you want to learn more about federal land grants in California, tree farm grants in Maine, wetlands preservation programs in Mississippi or any other opportunities for rural property owners, follow the links on this page to browse the rest of Private Landowner Network. We host a growing library of links to federal and state grant opportunities for land owners, as well as a national directory of professionals who know how to help you begin the application process.

To learn more about the various programs available at the state level, the Resources First Foundation — the parent organization of the Private Landowner Network — can connect you with tools, advisors and other professional assistance in your area. We maintain online conservation centers serving Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maine and Mississippi, as well as a dedicated resource for property owners in the greater Houston area.

About the Resources First Foundation

The Resources First Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Falmouth, Maine, serving landowners and other clients throughout the country. Our mission is to provide web-based tools for property owners and others interested in conservation issues. Help us maintain our growing list of federal land grants for private property owners by following us on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter, or making a donation today.