New Funding For Community Forest Grants


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Posted on 12/08/2016 by VLCT Communications


The Open Space Institute is accepting proposals to the Community Forest Fund through February 6, 2017. Detailed information about the fund and application process is available on OSI’s website. In the first phase of this Fund, OSI provided $1.6 million to support 15 community forests, helping conserve over 30,000 acres in 20 Northern New England towns. This summary describes the Fund’s accomplishments and lessons to date. Towns and land trusts are developing new projects that will help solidify the essential link between land conservation – for wood products, drinking water, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation and education - and community economic well-being.


Thanks to support from the Thomas W. Haas Fund and the Tarleton Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Fund, Jane’s Trust, the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, and generous anonymous donors, grants are again available for these important land conservation efforts. We have secured over $650,000 to reopen the fund, and continue to seek additional funding to raise $1 million to invest over the next three years.