Sources of Conservation Funding

Sources of Conservation Funding

Whether your land includes streams, forests, or is used for agricultural purposes, there is likely a program that could aid your efforts to protect the ecological and open space values of your property. The programs listed in this database provide cost-sharing and low-cost loan assistance for on-the-ground conservation measures, or they benefit landowners through reduced taxes and tax credits.

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COM_FABRIK_ORDERFund Name Payment Summary
Conservation Easements A donation of a conservation easement may provide for federal income tax deduction, Virginia state income tax credit, estate tax reduction, and reduced real estate taxes.
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Easement $1,000 per acre enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) for a permanent conservation easement.
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Federal Cost Share, State Cost Share, and Practice Incentive Program available.
Conservation Reserve Program Rental payments, maintenance incentive payments, cost-share assistance and an additional payment up to 20 percent of annual payment for certain continuous practices
Conservation Reserve Program: Establishment of Permanent Grasses and Legumes (CP-1) Rental payments, maintenance incentive payments, cost-share assistance and an additional payment up to 20 percent of annual payment for certain continuous practices
Conservation Reserve Program: Establishment of Permanent Native Grass (CP-2) Rental payments, maintenance incentive payments, cost-share assistance and an additional payment up to 20 percent of annual payment for certain continuous practices
Conservation Reserve Program: Hardwood Tree Planting (CP-3A) Rental payments, maintenance incentive payments, cost-share assistance and an additional payment up to 20 percent of annual payment for certain continuous practices
Conservation Reserve Program: Permanent Wildlife Habitat / Corridors (CP-4B) Rental payments, maintenance incentive payments, cost-share assistance and an additional payment up to 20 percent of annual payment for certain continuous practices
Conservation Reserve Program: Permanent Wildlife Habitat / Non-easement (CP-4D) Rental payments, maintenance incentive payments, cost-share assistance and an additional payment up to 20 percent of annual payment for certain continuous practices
Conservation Stewardship Program Annual payments. Rate is calculated for each producer based on existing conservation activities and new practices or enhancements committed to for the contract period.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program Up to 75% of cost associated with planning, design, materials, equipment, installation, labor, management, maintenance or training, and up to 100% of the estimated income sacrificed to implement conservation practices.
Farm and Ranchland Protection Program Cost-share of up to 50% of the appraised fair-market value of the easement, and the land trust contributes the balance of the cost.
Forest Legacy Program Up to 75 percent of the appraised value to purchase either conservation easements or land; remaining required match must come from private, State or local sources.
Forestry Quail Habitat Recovery Cost-Share Program Provides funding assistance to forest landowners for a variety of good forestry practices, which will enhance quail habitat.
Grassland Reserve Program Cost Share, 30-Year Easement, and Permanent Easement options available.
Pine Bark Beetle Prevention Program 60% of direct project cost for pre-commercial pine thinning OR 60% of direct project cost for longleaf pine site preparation, planting, burning, or herbicide release
Purchase of Development Rights Qualified appraiser will assess the value of the easement. Once a value is determined, a landowner will receive a payment based on the "actual value" or an "adjusted value."
Reforestation of Timberland Cost share rates shall not exceed 75% of the total cost of the project. Incentive payments are based on the type of approved project, ranging from $20/acre to $70/acre.
Tomorrow Woods Funding towards attorney's fees, appraisal fees, title insurance costs, and Forest Management Plan costs associated with the donation of a conservation easement
Virginia BMP: Agricultural Chemical and Fertilizer Handling Facility (WP-6) Tax credit for 25% of total eligible cost, not to exceed $17,500.
Cost-share for up to 75% of the total eligible cost, with payment not to exceed $50,000.
Virginia BMP: Agricultural Sink Hole Protection (WQ-11) Tax credit for 25% of total eligible cost, not to exceed $17,500.
Cost-share for 75% of cost of protecting the sinkhole and removing debris.
Virginia BMP: Alternative Watering System (SL-6B) Tax credit for 25% of total eligible cost, not to exceed $17,500.
Virginia BMP: Animal Mortality Incinerator Facility (WP-4F) State cost-share not to exceed 75% of the total eligible cost; Maximum payment if $50,000/year. Tax credit rate is 25% of the total eligible cost not to exceed $17,500
Virginia BMP: Animal Waste Control Facilities (WP-4) State cost-share not to exceed 75% of total eligible costs; Maximum payment is $70,000/year. Tax credit rate if 25% of total eligible costs, not to exceed $17,500
Virginia BMP: Animal Waste Structuring Pumping Equipment (WP-4E) Tax credit for 25% of total eligible cost, not to exceed $17,500.

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