Government Grants for Landowners

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Government Grants for Landowners
Land grants seek to preserve lands and protect wildlife species. (Countryside land image by Rose from

Landowners may qualify for a federal grant for several reasons. Some of these include owning an area that provides habitat to endangered species and owning a type of land that the federal government seeks to preserve. Landowner federal programs provide a range of support including incentives, financial assistance and technical support. The eligibility of the landowner depends on the federal grant requirements.

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Partners for Fish and Wildlife

This grant is under the Department of the Interior and the Office of Fish and Wildlife Service. The main objective of the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program is to offer financial and technical assistance to landowners who want to restore natural habitats or to improve native wildlife habitats within their properties. The program also offers the same assistance to Native American Tribes who support the objectives and own private lands as such. The program is in accordance with several laws such as the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act of 2006, Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958. All private landowners are eligible for the program including Hawaiian and tribal lands.

Grassland Reserve Program

The main objective of the Grassland Reserve Program is to help preserve and restore grazing or possible grazing lands. The program also seeks to increase support for working grazing lands. Some privately owned lands covered under the program include pasturelands and rangelands. The program operates through rental contracts and GRP easements. However, not all privately owned farmlands may be eligible for the grant. If the average adjusted gross income is greater than £0.6 million for the previous three tax years, the landowner may not qualify. The tax years are counted immediately before the approval of the contract. Additionally, if 66.6 per cent of the computed average income comes from forestry, ranching and farming operations, the landowner also cannot be eligible for the grant. Rental contracts and easements allow grazing if it will not affect the natural growth and propagation of wildlife species, natural grass and similar natural components.

Health and Forestry Reserve Programs

The Health and Forestry Reserve Programs are under the Department of Agriculture and the Office of Natural Resources Conservation Service. The purpose of the program is to help landowners improve and restore forest ecosystems within their properties. The program also supports landowners who are willing to cultivate endangered and potentially endangered species. The program is offered to all private landowners.

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