Grants are awarded twice annually. Preliminary grant applications are due March 1 (Spring Grants) and September 15 (Fall Grants), and final grant decisions are typically made in May and November. Please read through application process for specific instructions on submitting a grant proposal.

Grants are usually of single year's duration and at a level of $2,500 to $15,000. However, the Trustees and Advisors are willing to make larger multi-year grants for important acquisitions of land for conservation purposes.


The Trust only makes grants to organizations as described in paragraph (1) or (2) of Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (i.e., a publicly supported charity or a governmental unit). The Trust does not make grants to individuals or organizations classified as a private foundation.

Grant monies must be used directly on the project described in the application. In the case of a grant awarded for direct land conservation, monies must be applied to the actual purchase price of the land or conservation easement/restriction and/or to relevant direct costs only, which may include appraisals, legal fees, closing costs, boundary surveys, environmental assessments, and/or ecological assessments.

Grant monies may not be: