The Newsletter of the Massachusetts Land Conservation Community
September 21, 2023, Volume 21, Number 9
72 Acres of Watershed Protected in Partnership with the City of Haverhill
Two parcels of land encompassing 72 acres of the Crystal Lake Watershed were protected in partnership with Greenbelt and the City of Haverhill. The properties were identified in Greenbelt’s prioritization analysis for preserving drinking water, habitat, and biodiversity. Both parcels contain Biomap core habitat, vernal pools, and rare species. In addition, they are adjacent to city watershed land with public access and trails. Greenbelt acquired 19 acres and co-purchased the development rights on 53 acres with the City of Haverhill through a Conservation Restriction. Conserving this land protects it from development, and preserves important wildlife, creates the potential to expand trails from Haverhill's Crystal Gorge Conservation Area, and helps safeguard the City of Haverhill’s drinking water supply. The project received support from individuals, foundations, BTA/BOLT, and a Conservation Partnership Grant awarded by the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
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We had a great turnout for the Massachusetts State Dinner at LTA Rally in Oregon earlier this month. So nice to connect with you all! #OurMassLandTrusts
MLTC Conservation Partners Meeting (formerly known as “Steering Committee”)
Friday, September 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Hybrid: Barnstable Land Trust, 1540 Main St, West Barnstable, MA and via Zoom
Registration required here only if you're attending via Zoom.
Land trust staff and board members as well as conservation partners are welcome to this quarterly meeting, featuring relevant news from state agencies, a timely update on state and federal policy matters, announcements, and this quarter’s featured topic: increased state and federal funding for land conservation, and how to access it.
Development Staff: Engaging Business / Corporate Support
Wednesday, September 27, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. via Zoom
This month's focus topic will be "how to engage corporate and local business support for land conservation". We invite you to share a successful business collaboration which we can discuss and learn from, and come with questions for your development colleagues. A Stronger Together networking event facilitated by MLTC. This call will not be recorded. Register.
Register Now for the Land Trust / State Agency Retreat
Only 2 weeks away!
Thursday, October 5, in-person at Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. programming, followed by optional informal social time
Friday, October 6, Hybrid: In-person at Harvard Forest and via Zoom, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Register | Agenda
Staff of Massachusetts land trusts and state agencies involved in land conservation are invited to build relations and learn together. Hosted by MLTC and the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, this year's topics include Implementing Select Aspects of the Resilient Lands Initiative, Conservation Partnerships & Community Engagement with Environmental Justice (EJ) Communities, Forests as Climate Solutions, and Increasing the Pace of Conservation, as well as Russ Cohen’s always-popular Conservation Trivia. Discussions will not be recorded. Overnight acommodations available for up to 23 people. Rooms are primarily shared accommodation, two to three people per room. Thursday attendees are welcome to join overnighters for social time Thursday afternoon/evening. Cost: Retreat only = $20 (includes coffee/tea throughout the day). Lunch is BYO. Additional cost for overnight accommodation = $90. Overnight dinner and breakfast are potluck.
Accessible Trail Partnerships on Mt. Tom & Networking
A program of the Early Conservation Career Network (ECCN)
Thursday, October 12, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Are you in your first ten years of a conservation career? Then join other ECCN members for a guided walk in the Mt. Tom North Trailhead Park, which includes a 2,000 foot accessible path with a beautiful view of the Oxbow & Berkshire foothills. The result of a partnership between Kestrel Land Trust, City of Easthampton and Pascommouck Conservation Trust, this 23 acres adjacent to the Mt. Tom State Reservation created the City's first secure, public access point to the state park. Mark Wamsley, Kestrel Land Trust's Director of Conservation, will talk about how partnerships made this project possible and how volunteer and regional land trusts can be involved in increasing access to the outdoors for more people. Optional drinks, food and networking at nearby New City Brewery in Easthampton following the walk. Limited parking; see registration page for parking / transportation.
Topics of Special Interest to Small Staffed Land Trusts
Thursday, October 26, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. via Zoom
Join this second networking session for staff and Board of Small Staffed Land Trusts. Topics on this call may include: year end appeals, board development, or volunteer recruitment and engagement. We are polling registrants for their topics of interest. There will also be time to ask any urgent questions of interest to this community. Facilitated by MLTC. This discussion will not be recorded.
Seeking 2024 Land Conservation Conference Workshop Proposals
Deadline: Friday, October 27
Share your expertise with a broad range conservation-minded practitioners and students at the 2024 Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference, in-person at UMass Amherst on Saturday, March 23. Topics that address conservation in environmental justice communities and/or nature-based solutions to climate change are especially encouraged, but proposals are welcome on any topic important to land conservation in Massachusetts. We are also soliciting proposals for in-person field trips around the state, to be held on Friday, April 26. Learn more and submit a proposal.
Help Increase the Pool of Qualified Appraisers
The Land Trust Alliance is leading an effort to increase the pool of qualified appraisers, and is partnering with the Appraisal Institute to deliver subsidized trainings to licensed appraisers who are interested in land conservation. They are offering a Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (Yellow Book) course in Woburn, MA on Saturday & Sunday, November 8 & 9. The Land Trust Alliance is offering a $300 stipend to appraisers who are interested in conducting appraisals for conservation projects. Please help us share this opportunity with appraisers across the region so that we can help expand the pool of appraisers supporting our conservation work. Learn more. Register.
Save the Date! ECCN Overnight at Wildlands Trust Stewardship Training Center
November 3 & 4 (Friday & Saturday), Plymouth, MA
Are you in the first 10 years of your conservation career? Want to meet and learn from others? Then join Early Conservation Career Network's (ECCN) fun overnight outing at the new Wildlands Trust Stewardship Training Center. Food will be covered, but there will be a small fee to stay overnight in a bed at the training center, and a lesser fee to camp outside. Activities will likely include fireside networking, night/day hikes, service project, and of course – networking! If you are new to camping, this is a great opportunity to learn. Resources to rent equipment will be included with event details. Details forthcoming soon.
MLTC has launched the search for a full-time Development and Operations Coordinator. If you have a strong interest all aspects of running a small non-profit organization that advances land conservation, check out the job description here.
Buy a Bag to Support MLTC!
MLTC has again been selected by Stop & Shop to benefit from the Community Bag Program. For each $2.50 reusable Community Bag sold during October at the Andrew Avenue store in Wayland, MLTC will receive $1. Consider a Stop & Shop bag as your autumn shopping accessory to support MLTC!
Governor Healey Signs Executive Orders on Biodiversity, Plastics
On September 21, Governor Healey is expected to sign an Executive Order that will direct the state to create new biodiversity conservation goals for 2030, 2040 and 2050, and strategies to meet them. She will also sign an Executive Order to immediately ban purchase of single-use plastic water bottles by state agencies. Read more here.
Invitation to Endorse An Act Creating the Outdoor Recreation Program
Outdoor recreation supports healthier communities, sustains local economies, and protects natural resources. Yet, Massachusetts’ outdoor recreation economy is barely growing when compared to other states, and many neighborhoods are underserved by parks, trails, safe river access, and open spaces. This legislation addresses this problem by dedicating a portion of the existing state sales tax on sporting goods to support the new MA Office of Outdoor Recreation. The bill would create $50+ million annually for outdoor recreation projects such as creating and improving parks, community gardens, nature-based playgrounds, unpaved accessible trails, access to water, and improve equitable access to the Massachusetts outdoors. Fact sheet. See also S.488 and H.757. Endorsement form.
Paul Jahnige Named Director of Massachusetts Office of Outdoor Recreation
The Healy Driscoll Administration recently appointed Paul Jahnige as the first Director of the Massachusetts Office of Outdoor Recreation (MOOR). EEA established the Office in December 2022 to elevate and enhance outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts and the associated benefits to our economy, health, environment, and quality of life. Paul will work with state agencies, including the Department of Fish and Game, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Massachusetts Marketing Partnership, and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. He starts on September 25th. Paul comes from DCR, where he recently served as the Greenways and Trails Program Director. He has twenty-five years' experience in environmental restoration and community development. Following a Masters in Environmental Studies from Yale and work in Ecuador and Kenya, Paul founded Community Resources, an urban environmental non-profit that develops programs in minority, low-income communities across cities in the mid-Atlantic. Read more.
Remembering Whit Beals
We are sad to share that accomplished conservationist Whit Beals passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on September 14. His long career included work with the Connecticut DEP, the Roaring Brook Nature Center, the Nature Conservancy in Maryland and Boston, the Town of Wayland, Sudbury Valley Trustees, and the New England Forestry Foundation, from which he retired in 2019. He served as an MLTC Board member from 2011-2021, and was a current member of MLTC's Conservation Advisory Council. He also served as President of the Southborough Open Land Foundation and was a member of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority's Water Supply Citizens Advisory Committee for over 30 years. He was also the architect behind preservation of his family’s land – Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough. In addition, Whit recently finalized a donation of 550 acres of beautifully managed forestland in Ashburnham to New England Forestry Foundation’s Pooled Timber Income Fund. The donation ensures the property will continue to be managed for forest products as it has been since 1920 and Whit’s two sons, as the designated beneficiaries, will receive a lifetime income stream from the Fund. Whit's wisdom, positivity and support will be sorely missed. Arrangements are pending.
Laura Johnson Presented Prestigious Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award
Laura Johnson, MLTC Conservation Advisory Council member and life-long conservationist with more than 35 years' experience in non-profit management, was recently presented the Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award for her exemplary service to the field of land conservation, both in the U.S. and globally. As her friends and colleagues note in this video, you would never imagine from her unassuming and gentle personality that she has led major environmental organizations like Mass Audubon and The Nature Conservancy, co-founded and directed the International Land Conservation Network, and served as Board Chair of Land Trust Alliance for several years. She set the tone for international conservation dialogue that continues to this day. See her thoughtful acceptance.
State Awards Funding for Acquisition of Retired Cranberry Bogs
On September 19, Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust and Barnstable Clean Water Coalition were awarded grants totaling $1.7 million in EEA’s inaugural round of funding for Cranberry Bog Acquisition for Restoration Program. Read more here.
Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool
Farmers can use the this tool to determine what programs and/or resources they may be eligible for after the devastating floods earlier this summer. Links to many other assistance sources can be found on MDAR’s 2023 Agricultural Flooding Guidance & Resources webpage. In addition, USDA – FSA has made some of their programs and policies more flexible. Learn more.
Chapter 61 Calculator Updated
The Masswoods.org Chapter 61/61A calculator has been updated with the newly approved fiscal year 2024 rates, which are in effect through June 2024. Use this tool to estimate property taxes for land enrolled under the Chapter 61/61A programs. You can also download the UMass Extension/DCR Chapter 61 publication.
Environmental Justice Council (EJC) Meeting
Thursday, September 21, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The EJC of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) will discuss EJ office priorities and strategies. Time is allotted for public comments. Register. Additional information about the EJC, future meeting agendas, and past meeting recordings can be found here.
ACEP-ALE and WRE Programs as Tools for Farmland Protection
Wednesday, September 27, 1:00 p.m.
Learn about ACEP-ALE and WRE programs as tools for farmland protection, participate in making recommendations to the MA NRCS State Technical Committee, and help to shape the role and scope of this ACEP-ALE Program sub-committee to advance farmland protection efforts across the state. This group will plan to meet quarterly. All interested parties welcome. Register.
Rooted in Nature: Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Resiliency Speaker Series
This series showcases experts from indigenous communities in Massachusetts, and offers an exploration of indigenous perspectives on climate resilience and sustainability, spotlighting practical examples and case studies rooted in the local Massachusetts context. Details.
Friday, September 29, noon – 1:30 p.m. | Indigenous Land Conservation, Water Preservation and Cultural Respect | Register
Thursday, October 12, noon – 1:30 p.m. | Wampanoag Ecological Perspective, Historical Resilience, and Climate Adaptation | Register
Thursday, October 26, noon – 1:30 p.m. | Restoring Indigenous Foodways for Climate Resilience | Register
Friday, November 3, noon – 1:30 p.m. | Climate Change from the Indigenous Perspective | Register
Accessible Trails Discussion Part III: Funding Your Project with MassTrails
Monday, October 23, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Join this BNRC-hosted online event. MassTrails staff Amanda Lewis and Elijah Velluti-Fry, and Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s Mackenzie Greer will discuss the Recreational Trails Program and requirements for accessibility, some tips on complementary funding sources, challenges, and lessons learned from previous projects. Click here to RSVP.
Watch parts I and II here: Importance, Wayfinding, and Information Sharing |
Building, Modification & Maintenance
Shouting Into the Void: Why Social Media Is No Longer Working For You and What to Do About It
Tuesday, October 24, 2:00 p.m.
For nearly two decades, social media has been an invaluable asset for non-profits to evolve the way they communicate. But lately, those tried and true strategies don’t seem to be working. Audiences don’t seem to be engaging with posts. Everyone is seeing it because the platforms are rotting. Find out what you can do to re-engage your audience. Register.
In-Person Events and Outings
Women on the Land Training
Application deadline: Friday, September 22
Course: October 26 – 29 (Thursday – Sunday)
Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
Keystone Project is partnering with Women on the Land (WOTL) to provide an intensive 3-day, women-only, retreat-style training program focusing on forest and wildlife conservation. The curriculum will include indoor and outdoor sessions on forest ecology and management, wildlife management, forest health, land conservation, and landowner outreach. Limited to 25. Room and board are provided. Seeking women and gender minority applicants. Learn more and apply.
Boston Farms Move4Farms
Saturday, September 23, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Join Boston Farms for this move-a-thon by walking, biking, and running through their sites to learn how they were transformed from vacant lots into productive, regenerative farms to reduce barriers to land access. Register.
Celebrate an Original Environmentalist
October 7 & 8 (Saturday & Sunday), 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Barnstable Land Trust Fuller Farm, Marston Mills, MA and live-streamed at https://blt.org/thoreau
Henry David Thoreau is often referenced as laying the foundation for modern environmentalism. The public is invited to a readathon of Thoreau’s Cape Cod, hosted by Barnstable Land Trust in honor of its 40th Anniversary. An estimated 90 in-person readers will help narrate this iconic book. Sponsored by the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation and with support from the Mass Cultural Council, this special event celebrates Thoreau’s iconic work describing the natural beauty of Cape Cod. Learn more.
Massachusetts Town Forest Conference
Saturday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ashland, MA Community Center and Town Forest
This free event, which fosters collaboration among a range of professionals and volunteers who help manage community forests, will feature presentations, networking opportunities, and field tours. Foresters, planners, arborists, conservation commission members, land trusts, nonprofit organizations, and forest landowners are welcome. Learn more and register.
Massachusetts Rivers Alliance Celebrates You and Fall
Sunday, October 22, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hale Reservation, Westwood, MA
Join Mass Rivers for an afternoon of food, refreshments, a live band, fun, and community! Details and buy tickets.
MACC's Fall Conference
Saturday, October 28, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Devens Common Center, Devens, MA
The theme of MACC's (Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions') fall conference is "Back to Basics for Conservation Commissions: From Foundations to the Future". Workshops will focus on Conservation Commission ABCs, building climate resiliency for municipalities, and networking. Commission members, staff, friends, and consultants are invited. Details. Schedule.
Boston Parks Advocates Fall Forum
Saturday, October 28, 9:00 a.m. – noon, Franklin Park Clubhouse
Department of Conservation and Recreation commissioner Brian Arrigo will talk about his vision for DCR, panels will discuss the intricacies of founding and establishing neighborhood parks, and an interactive exercise will identify breakout group topics (which will include CPA funding and dog parks). Free. More.
Historic New England 2023 Summit
November 2 & 3 (Thursday & Friday), hybrid, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. both days, Reception Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The VETS, downtown Providence, RI
The Summit will explore how 21st-century challenges and opportunities are transforming the fields of historic preservation, architecture, urban planning, conservation, arts and culture, museum studies, collections management, public history, and education. The program includes keynote presentations by regional and national leaders, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and more. Learn more and register. Scholarships for small and mid-sized non-profits to attend are available. Learn more.
Save the Date! ECCN Overnight at Wildlands Trust Stewardship Training Center
November 3 & 4 (Friday & Saturday), Plymouth, MA
See details under MLTC News and Programs, above.
2023 RCP Network Gathering
Thursday, November 9, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., UMass Amherst
The theme of this year's Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Gathering is Embracing Complexity through Partnership, which will explore how landscape conservation efforts protect and enhance values beyond biodiversity – including land justice and community resilience. Learn more.
2023 Federal Climate and Energy Funding Opportunities
This list, compiled by the Biden administration, includes information on various federal funding programs, including many funded by the Inflation Protection Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, with application deadlines and links to application information. View the list.
Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Grants
Application deadline: Thursday, September 28
This grant program combines the 2023 call for projects from the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program (RCP), created under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, with the Neighborhood Access and Equity Program (NAE), which was authorized under the Inflation Reduction Act. Trails and active transportation are eligible for funding. Projects located in economically disadvantaged areas will be prioritized and may receive a larger share of federal funds. Learn more.
Natural Disaster Relief (NDR) Program for Agriculture
Application deadline: Friday, September 29
These grants provide financial assistance to agricultural operations with demonstrated crop losses from the 2023 Natural Disasters to help mitigate costs in rebuilding and recovering, with the aim of supporting job security, building resiliency, and enabling future production. Learn more. Request for Responses.
$10 Million Grant Opportunity to Enhance Environmental Justice in New England Communities
Application deadline: Friday, September 29
This grant competition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Region 1 Office is for an "Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center" (EJ TCTAC), which will help New England communities in the six New England states and 10 Tribes and other environmental justice stakeholders access federal technical assistance and resources to address environmental and energy justice concerns. Learn more.
Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area Partnership Grants
Application deadline: accepted on a rolling basis starting October 1 until funding is exhausted
This program serves as a catalyst for new, creative programs and projects within 45 communities of the Heritage Area. Reimbursable matching grants are offered in support of the goals and objectives outlined in the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area Management Plan and summarized as: Inclusive Storytelling; Education, Interpretation & Curation; Community Planning & Resource Conservation; Historic Preservation; and Regional Cultural Events. Funding ranges from $1000 to $7500. Discussion of your proposal with a grant specialist before applying is highly recommended. Learn more here and here.
Seaport Economic Council Grants
Application deadline: Sunday, October 1
This grant program offers five categories of flexible funding for communities to implement projects that cultivate and stimulate the maritime economy and job growth. The program is open to all Massachusetts coastal communities and other qualified public entities. Learn more. Apply.
Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Grants
Thursday, October 5: deadline to submit draft project narrative and budget to State Forester for sponsorship consideration
Application deadline: Thursday, November 30
This USDA Forest Service program encourages collaborative, science-based, high-impact restoration of priority forest landscapes. Project examples include water quality and watershed health improvement, wildlife habitat improvement, and community tree planting projects in communities with a population of less than 50,000. Learn more.
Community Forest Program Grants
Info webinar: Wednesday, October 11, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. See Learn more, below.
Application deadline: Friday, January 12
This program provides financial assistance to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses through fee simple acquisition of private forest land. Public access is required for all projects. Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with their appropriate Forest Service Region/Institute contact during the application process before submission. Learn more. View the RFP.
U.S. North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants
Application deadline: Thursday, October 12
These matching grants support public-private partnerships in projects involving only long-term protection, restoration, and enhancement and/or establishment of wetland and associated upland habitats to benefit migratory birds. Learn more.
MassDEP Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs)
Application deadline: Friday, October 13
Info session video
Info session presentation
Grants of up to $20,000 are available to community and municipal groups to enhance public participation in assessment and cleanup activities at oil or hazardous material disposal sites. Learn more.
NOAA Restoring Fish Passage through Barrier Removal
Application deadline: Monday, October 16
Proposed projects should reopen migratory pathways and restore healthy habitat for fish through dam removals and taking out in-stream barriers, while increasing climate resilience and recovering endangered species. Projects should also promote resilient ecosystems and communities, especially in underserved communities, and improve economic vitality, including local employment. Proposals between $1 million and $20 million will be considered from non-government organization organizations. Learn more.
Supporting Underserved and Small-Acreage Forest Landowners (Track B)
Application deadline: Saturday, October 21
These USDA Forest Service grants support underserved and small-acreage forest landowner participation in emerging private markets for climate mitigation and forest resilience, and includes outreach plans, technical assistance for the development and implementation of forest management plans and activities, hiring contractors to provide support services, etc. Learn more.
Habitat Management Grants
Application deadline: Tuesday, October 31
This MassWildlife program supports projects that improve wildlife habitat on lands that promote public outdoor recreation. Open to owners of private and municipal conserved lands. Details.
NRCS - Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program
Application deadline: Tuesday, October 31
These US Department of Agriculture grants offer technical and financial support such as improving wildlife habitat, protecting air and water quality, removing invasive species, and addressing water management to enhance the ecological value of conserved lands. Learn more about EQIP. Learn more about AMA.
NOAA Restoring Priority Tribal Fish Passage through Barrier Removal
Application deadline: Wednesday, November 8
This funding supports U.S. federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, and tribal organizations in implementing on-the-ground fish passage work and in building tribal organizational capacity. Learn more. Tribes are also eligible to apply for the NOAA Restoring Fish Passage through Barrier Removal grants (deadline: October 16, above).
NOAA Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants
Application deadline: Friday, November 17
These grants support projects that will rebuild and sustain fisheries, assist in recovery and conservation of endangered species, promote climate-resilient ecosystems, help protect marine estuarine and coastal ecosystems, and improve economic vitality. Learn more.
NOAA Climate Ready Workforce Grants
Letter of Intent deadline: Thursday, November 30
The goal of these grants is to build a workforce that is climate literate, informed by climate resilience, and skilled at addressing consequent challenges. Open to state, tribal, territorial, and local governments, higher education institutions, and non-profits in coastal states/territories working in coastal areas. Learn more.
Forest Legacy Program
Application deadline: Monday, December 11
This program is to identify and conserve environmentally important forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses, and to provide economic incentives to landowners to keep their forest as forests. Landowners may participate by either selling their property outright, or by retaining ownership and selling only a portion of the property’s development rights. Learn more.
Innovation and Capacity-Building Grants
Application deadline: rolling through Wednesday, April 3, 2024
These grants, part of the EmPower Program of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, provide seed funding for the exploration of innovative ideas for potential program models or projects that will provide access to the benefits of clean energy, or reduce energy burden for previously underserved or vulnerable populations in the state. RFP. Learn more.
Resources and Opportunities
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Grant Proposal Development Resources
These resources, prepared by NOAA, are worth looking at if you're new to grant writing in any field, or have been writing grants for years but could use a few tips.
Need Help Building a 5-Year Conservation Plan?
Application deadline: mid-October
This service of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services’ (NRCS) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), assists private forest landowners, land trusts, farmers, sportsmen clubs, and others by designing a 5 year conservation plan that provides financial assistance for active conservation measures already being conducted on the land units enrolled; expanding and strengthening such practices; and for conservation efforts addressing additional resource concerns. Learn more. Contact John Doyle, Forestry and Wildlife Implementation Specialist, or your local NRCS Field Office for more information.
Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Grant Viewer
This tool is designed for a range of audiences, including perspective grantees and grant program managers, to view grants awarded by the Coastal Resilience Grant Program, Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Program, and Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Grants from 2014 to the present. Updates include new search and filter options, summary information, project document attachments (i.e., final project reports), and the ability to view the data in table form and export this data.
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