Capitalized with a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Southeast Resilient Landscapes Fund (Fund) provides capital grants and loans to land protection projects within three selected regions of the southeast.
Projects must lie in one of OSI’s resilience focus areas, demonstrate the use of Resilient Landscape concepts and meet the other grant criteria detailed below. OSI awards grants to qualified non-profit organizations through a competitive process with the assistance of an advisory board comprised of experts with knowledge of natural resources, conservation policy and land conservation funding.
Through an in-depth review process, OSI has selected three focus areas: the Southern Cumberlands in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee; the Southern Blue Ridge in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee; and the Greater Pee Dee River in South Carolina and North Carolina. OSI awarded an initial round of grants in the Southern Cumberlands focus area in Fall 2014.
Information about OSI’s focus area selection process is available here.
All applications must be submitted through our online service here.
For your information, you may download a PDF copy of the Capital Grants online application here.
Prior to submitting an application please review the Definitions and Data Guide, Frequently Asked Questions, and Grant Criteria
We encourage applicants to contact OSI staff to discuss your project before preparing a proposal:
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. The relevant map package can be downloaded by clicking on the following links:
The Nature Conservancy’s southeast resiliency data is available at two different scales (30 meter grid and 1000-acre hexagons). The full TNC report and associated data from which OSI’s data is derived is available here.
If your organization does not have GIS capacity, please contact OSI at least
one month before the application deadline to determine eligibility and, if
appropriate, for help with map preparation.
Grant Fund Webinar
Listen to the Southeast Resilient Landscapes Fund Applicant Webinar recorded on Jun 3, 2015.
In this session, OSI staff reviewed the underlying science and the grant fund process and criteria.
To be eligible for funding, projects must meet all of the following Threshold Criteria (asterisks denote terms that are defined in OSI’s Definitions and Data Guide).
OSI will evaluate projects that meet the Threshold Criteria against the following:
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. Once OSI has approved a grant, we will provide the grantee with a checklist of items required for OSI to prepare a grant agreement. When all required information and documents are received, OSI will forward a grant agreement to the grantee. If applicable, the grantee must provide documents pertaining to each project phase and match parcel. OSI will release funds at the time the transaction closes. Projects must close within 18 months of OSI’s grant approval.
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).
Although there is no
minimum or maximum grant size, awards are typically between $100,000 and
The following qualify as matching funds:
To be eligible as match,
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, matrix forest
block, natural community and/or State Wildlife Action Plan priority area.
Southeast Resilient Landscapes Fund and Project Inquiries
General Information & Application