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OSI Resilient Landscapes Next Round of Grants

Web Map RLI Resilient 4 regions

OSI launched the $6 million Resilient Landscapes Initiative six months ago to preserve resilient landscapes in the eastern U.S. Learn more about the next round of grant funding.divider

We are pleased to announce the second round of Capital Grants for land protection through the Resilient Landscapes Initiative. Eligible organizations are encouraged to submit proposals through March 18, 2014. The Initiative, made possible through a $6 million lead grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, allows land trusts and public agencies to safeguard places most likely to support plant and animal diversity in the face of a changing climate.

The Initiative makes Capital Grants within four Resilient Landscapes from Maine to West Virginia (link to map). OSI also awards Catalyst Grants for science, planning and educational projects throughout the region. 

Since its launch in 2013, OSI has approved five Capital Grants in New England and the mid-Atlantic region. Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust used a $210,000 grant to conserve 900 acres of resilient habitat in the panhandle of West Virginia (Press Release). The protected parcels are highly complex—with elevation and ravines offering wildlife places to move—and sits atop calcareous soils, a geology type that harbors significant plant and animal diversity. You can hear more about the project on West Virginia Public Radio.

OSI has awarded four pilot Catalyst Grants to organizations that are integrating climate resiliency science into conservation planning, research and public education efforts. Such initiatives complement direct land protection and advance utilization of good science. Here is a description of work underway by one recipient, Highstead Center (PDF). OSI awards Catalyst Grants by invitation.

To learn more about climate resiliency science and the Initiative’s goals, go to the program overview. If you have any questions about the grant application or process, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Additionally, you can register for the Resilient Landscapes Webinar on Feb. 5 at 1:00 PM. OSI staff will review the underlying science and the capital grants application process here.








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