Capitalized with a grant from the
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Northeast Resilient Landscapes Fund
provides capital grants and loans to land protection projects within selected
regions of the northeast, mid-Atlantic and central Appalachians. Projects must
lie in one of OSI’s four Focus Areas, demonstrate the use of Resilient
Landscape concepts and meet the other grant criteria detailed below.
For information on the Southeast Resilient Landscape Fund, click here.
Through an in-depth review Landscape Selection Process OSI selected the following four Focus Areas to target funding. Click on the region to download a PDF fact brochure with maps:
OSI accepts applications for the Northeast Resilient Landscape Fund on a rolling basis. Applicants may apply at any time and OSI will accept proposals until all funding has been committed. OSI Staff and Advisory Committee will review applications within four months of the proposal’s submission date.
The next proposal review meeting will be held in April 2016. For your application to be considered at this meeting, please submit your application by March 4, 2016. If you submit your proposal after March 1st, OSI will review it at the next application review meeting.
All applications must be submitted through our online service here.
submitting an application please review the Definitions
and Data Guide, Frequently
and Grant Criteria below.
To determine eligibility and to assess your project’s resiliency attributes, GIS analysis is required. OSI ‘s Definitions and Data Guide defines and explains resiliency concepts, details map requirements for capital grant applicants and provides examples of the required maps. The companion map package emphasizes the components of resiliency that are core to OSI’s Initiative and that are priorities in our Capital Grants.
Download the Definitions and Data Guide and the Map Package. If your organization does not have GIS capacity, please contact OSI well before you submit an application to determine eligibility and, if appropriate, for help with map preparation. For GIS questions and assistance contact Neil Jordan (firstname.lastname@example.org; 212-290-8200).
The Nature Conservancy’s resiliency data is available at three different scales (90 meter, 1,000-acre hexagons and focal areas). TNC provides an overview of these datasets in the Resilient Sites Dataset description. The full TNC report and associated data from which OSI’s data is derived is available here.
* Please review the Definitions and Data Guide for definitions of the terms used below, to determine eligibility and to determine resiliency attributes.
To be eligible for funding, projects must meet all of the following Threshold Criteria (asterisks denote terms defined in OSI’s Definitions and Data Guide:
Stewardship of Resilient Landscape Fund grant projects must be consistent with the goals of the Fund: maintaining the land’s resilience to climate change and conserving native biodiversity and ecosystem processes. Prior to submitting a grant proposal, applicants should review OSI’s standards for fee land stewardship and for conservation easement (CE) terms (download here).
Match Property Eligibility
To be eligible as match, a property must 1) be adjacent or proximate to the subject property, 2) meet the Fund’s criteria, 3) be part of a larger plan that includes conservation of the match and subject properties, and 4) close prior to the closing of the subject property but not more than one year before date of application. In addition, to determine eligibility of match parcels OSI will consider whether the match and the subject properties lie in the same watershed, geophysical setting, TNC Resilient Focal Area, Forest Matrix Block, natural community and/or State Wildlife Action Plan priority area.
The following do not qualify as matching funds:
Grants may be used to acquire permanent conservation easements and fee interest in land. 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 and that meet the grant criteria. Grant funds cannot be used for endowments, stewardship costs, baseline documentation reports, staff time, buildings or other non-capital project expenses.
OSI staff and the Fund’s Advisory
Committee review applications against the Fund’s criteria and goals.
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