OSI RECEIVES $10.2 MILLION GRANT AS PART OF $35 MILLION INITIATIVE OF THE WILLIAM PENN FOUNDATION TO PROTECT DRINKING WATER FOR 15 MILLION PEOPLE IN DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED
NEW YORK, NY – May 5, 2014 – The Open Space Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the
Delaware River Watershed Protection Fund, which will support projects
that permanently protect lands that conserve water quality and quantity
in the Delaware River Basin.
This first round of funding will be
focused on permanently protecting intact forested lands that safe guard
water quality and aquifer recharge in 5 focus areas (“watershed
clusters)” in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York that have
been identified as high priority for the protection of water quality in
the Delaware River Basin. Read more about the RFP here.
with a $10 million grant from the William Penn Foundation, the Fund
supports land conservation transactions that contribute to the
protection of a secure supply of clean water necessary for expanding
human use and for sustaining ecological functions in the Delaware River
watershed. OSI will make loans and grants for land acquisition to
qualified organizations through a competitive process that is guided by
an advisory board comprised of experts with knowledge of hydrology,
natural resources and policy, as well as conservation planning, land
transactions and philanthropy.
As a conservation lender,
regranter, direct acquisition agent and researcher, OSI has been active
over the past decade helping to conserve over 110,000 acres in New York
and 16,000 acres in the Mid-Atlantic region. Please feel free to forward
this information to colleagues who may qualify for grants in the
If you desire additional information and have questions about the
application process, please contact Bill Rawlyk, OSI's Mid-Atlantic
Field Coordinator, at 908-628-4299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.