Conservation Easement Assistance Program

Qualifying Services

Program funding can cover:

  • Attorney's fees
  • Land appraisal and survey fees
  • Processing and document fees
  • Stewardship costs

Application Periods

  • The online application process will be open twice each year, during the month of March and the month of September. 
  • A total of $150,000 in funding will be available annually and split between the two application periods.
  • The application form (PDF) and accompanying documentation will be accepted from land trusts March 1-March 31, 2019.

Questions?

Email for more information or call (703)771-5778.

Download the Conservation Easement Assistance Program flyer.

  1. Eligibility Requirements
  2. How to Apply
  3. Award Process

Land Owner Requirements

Land owners must:

  • have a gross household income that does not exceed 100% Area Median Income (currently $117,200).
  • have property that meets the Land Requirements below.
  • be working with an organization that meets the Land Trust Requirements (see below) and will submit the application on behalf of the land owner.

Land Requirements

The property must:

The property must not:

Land Trust Requirements

Land owners must be working with a qualifying land trust to be eligible.

The land trust:

  • must be the conservation easement “Holder” as defined by Virginia Code § 10.1-1009 et seq. 
  • may apply to the Conservation Easement Assistance Program on behalf of the land owners (individual land owners cannot submit applications).
  • may be located anywhere (the land must be located in Loudoun County).