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Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund and Capital Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes in Multiple
States for Land and Forest Conservation Projects

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Open Space Institute (OSI)

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Deadline Date:

04/14/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA nonprofit conservation organizations, agencies, and Native American Tribes in multiple states for land and forest conservation projects in eligible regions. Program priorities include climate science and carbon-storing and sequestering. The Fund awards capital grants for land protection in portions of (1) the Cradle of Southern Appalachia (Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama), (2) the Middle Atlantic (New Jersey and Pennsylvania), and (3) the Northern Appalachians (Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont).

To ensure that this region continues to support plants, animals, and people, OSI has launched the Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund, an effort that will provide capital grants to protect 50,000 acres in key focus areas along the Appalachian Range. 

This Fund builds on the success of OSI's Resilient Landscapes Initiative (2013 - 2020), which advanced the use of Climate Resilience Science in land protection. This climate science remains a priority in this new fund, along with a new emphasis on forests’ ability to store and sequester carbon from the atmosphere.

Eligible land conservation projects must lie wholly or partly in one of the Fund’s focus areas, have strong climate resilience attributes, and be managed to enhance forest carbon. OSI will further assess projects for their carbon storage and sequestration potential, natural resource attributes, the likelihood of success, and the threat of forest loss.

Grants must be used to acquire land or permanent conservation easements. In exceptional cases, grants may be applied to cover transactional costs, including cost of appraisals, surveys, title, and environmental assessments. The Fund may also provide short-term low-interest loans for projects that require bridge financing. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194638

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Fund does not have a minimum or maximum grant size, but awards are typically between $50,000 and $400,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within 18 months of receiving notification of OSI’s grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

OSI makes grants to qualified not-for-profit conservation organizations through a competitive process with the assistance of an Advisory Committee with expertise in land protection, climate science, social equity, and philanthropy. OSI may also make grants to government entities, including Native American Tribes and municipalities. Land trusts must be accredited by the Land Trust Alliance or be on the path to accreditation, as evidenced by a board resolution. Non-accredited land trusts and government entities should contact OSI staff prior to application.

Grant funds cannot be used for stewardship endowments, staff time, land management or restoration, or building construction or maintenance.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund Webinar

To learn about applying to the ALPF, register for a webinar on March 8, 2021 from 1 to 3 p.m. EST.

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Pre-Application Information:

Capital Grant Applications projects are being accepted until 5 p.m. (EST) on April 14, 2021.

Before preparing a proposal, applicants are encouraged to contact OSI staff for their region.

Applicants can apply for more than one project.

OSI gives preference to projects with a 4:1 or greater match. OSI may accept a lower match for projects that are spearheaded by Black, Indigenous and People of Color-led organizations. OSI will also consider a lower match for projects with outstanding carbon and resilience values where the applicant demonstrates other funding is not available.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Project Inquiries:

Cradle of Southern Appalachia:
Joel Houser, Southeast Field Coordinator
(423) 364-5980

Northern Appalachians:
Jennifer Melville, Vice President, Conservation Grants

Middle Atlantic:
Bill Rawlyk, Middle Atlantic Field Coordinator

Administrative/Application Inquiries:
Yasemin Unal-Rodriguez, Administrative/Database
(212) 290-8200 x1311

Open Space Institute
1350 Broadway, Suite 201
New York, NY 10018

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Georgia;   Maine;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   Pennsylvania;   Tennessee;   Vermont

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