The Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership, with support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, offers the Land Protection Transaction Grant Program. The matching grants program assists with the costs for permanent land protection projects (donation and/or acquisition of full fee and conservation easements) within the coastal watershed including coastal New Hampshire and part of southern Maine. Eligible applicants include qualified nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) conservation organizations and units of government.
Since 2014, the Partnership has provided 22 transaction grants to land trusts and municipalities working to conserve 3,679 acres of significant conservation land in fifteen communities, leveraging over $490,000 in other funds.
The Great Bay estuary and coastal region is under pressure from population growth and land development. Conserving a network of undeveloped natural lands in the region is critical in order to maintain clean water, support healthy wildlife populations, sustain farmland and forests, and provide quality recreational opportunities. The purchase or donation of land or conservation easements necessitates transaction expenses such as appraisals, land surveys and recording fees. For many organizations, raising these funds can often be a barrier to successfully completing a conservation project. The Land Protection Transaction Grant Program provides vital support for costs associated with conserving land in the coastal watershed. The Partnership’s funding for the Land Protection Grant Program is provided by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The Nature Conservancy serves as the fiscal and administrative agent for the Partnership.
The Announcements section below contains information for upcoming grant cycles and previously funded projects.
2017 Grants Available for Land Conservation Transaction Costs in the Coastal Watershed
The Winter 2017 grant application is available for the Land Protection Transaction Grant Program.
Applications must be postmarked by March 17, 2017
A total of $68,000 is available for the Winter 2017 grant round. Qualified nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) conservation organizations or units of government may apply for a grant. The matching grants program assists with the costs for permanent land protection projects (donation and/or acquisition of full fee and conservation easements) within the coastal watershed including coastal New Hampshire and part of southern Maine.
The March 2017 Grant Instructions and Application Form (download in MS Word or PDF format).
Press Release: LPTG March 2017 Grants Available.
The Summer 2017 grant application for the Land Protection Transaction Grant Program will be available June 30, 2017. Applications will be due August 14, 2017.
For questions about this grant opportunity contact the Great Bay Coordinator.
Land Protection Transaction Grant Project Sites, 2014-2016 (pdf map)
Land Protection Transaction 2016 Grant Awardees
Land Protection Transaction 2015 Summer Awardees
Land Protection Transaction 2015 Winter Awardees
Land Protection Transaction 2014 Summer Awardees