The Open Space Institute (OSI), with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for its Southeast Resilient Landscapes Fund, which provides capital grants and loans for land protection projects in three selected regions of the Southeast: 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.
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.
Although there is no minimum or maximum size, grant amounts typically range between $100,000 and $400,000. Preference will be given to projects with a 5:1 or greater financial match. OSI will fund projects with less than 5:1 match only in exceptional circumstances.
To be eligible, projects must be in one of OSI’s resilience focus areas and demonstrate the use of resilient landscape concepts.
See the OSI website for complete program guidelines, an informational webinar, an FAQ, and application instructions.