Home Foundation opens nearly $15 million grant round to support conservation in Virginia

Foundation opens nearly $15 million grant round to support conservation in Virginia

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The Virginia Land Conservation Foundation is accepting applications for nearly $15 million in land conservation grants, a record amount. For the first time, Virginia’s Indian tribes will be eligible to apply.

The foundation provides grants to support conservation in the following categories: farmland preservation, forest preservation, historic preservation, natural area protection, and open spaces and parks.

A total of $16 million each in fiscal year 2023 and fiscal year 2024 was approved in the state budget, with $4 million each year allocated to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. Another $2.9 million in previously awarded grants that was not spent because projects were withdrawn or came in under budget is being made available, in addition to the newly allocated $12 million.

The program provides 50-50 matching grants for localities and nonprofit conservation entities. State agencies and federally or state-recognized Indian tribes may receive 100 percent.

In 2021, the board awarded $7.5 million for the fiscal year 2022 grant round to fund 30 conservation projects and protect 8,000 acres of land across the Commonwealth.

A virtual workshop for potential applicants is scheduled for August 8 at 1 p.m.

The deadline to apply for the grant is Tuesday, September 6, at 4 p.m.

Details about the workshop, the grant manual and application are available here.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.

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