OSI Saving New Englands Wildlife Grants

Photo Credit: Jerry Monkman

Saving New England's Wildlife Amplification Grants

Piping Plover, NH Threatened Species, Monkman Photo

Piping Plover, NH, Threatened Species, Monkman photo 

Saving New England's Wildlife, an initiative of the Open Space Institute (OSI), accelerates the conservation of high priority wildlife habitat identified in State Wildlife Action Plans in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

In addition to capital grants, Saving New England’s Wildlife offers grants for projects that increase funding and support for wildlife habitat protection consistent with the implementation of action plans. These amplification grants will help to broadcast the importance of state action plans. Saving New England’s Wildlife is capitalized with a $6 million grant to OSI from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, approximately $600,000 of which is for amplification grants.

The information below is for informational purposes as no grant deadlines are available now. (December 2011) If you would like to receive information, please sign up here  

Amplification Grant Objectives

1) Increase the use of state action plans by all levels of government, conservation groups and other key decision makers,

2) Ensure that the information in the action plans becomes a driver of land conservation activities and investments,

3) Develop and implement new streams of private and public funding for conservation of wildlife habitat, and

4) Increase support among key stakeholders for wildlife conservation.


Program Eligibility

Projects eligible to apply for support from the Amplification Program will be designed to achieve one or more of the following results: 

  • Increase support for wildlife conservation among key decision makers at the state or local level leading to increased implementation of state action plans.
  • Initiate or increase the use of state action plans by a public agency in its decision making, leading to increased conservation of wildlife habitat.
  • Identify and/or implement a new local, state, market or private source of funding for wildlife conservation.  Strong preference is given to efforts that increase funding, instead of redirecting existing funding from other kinds of conservation efforts.
  • Identify and secure funding to further efforts related to wildlife adaptation to climate change, and,
  • Increase and diversify the audiences for conservation, and/or bring together unlikely allies for conservation that will lead directly to increased implementation of state action plans.


In addition, all projects must:

  • Be undertaken in Maine, New Hampshire and/or Massachusetts,
  • Have a multi-community or statewide impact, and
  • Show measurable results within two years of receiving funding.


Although worthwhile, the following are ineligible for this grant program:

  • Local projects that do not have a regional impact and are not replicable;
  • General operating support;
  • Research that is not intended to and likely to increase funding for wildlife conservation; and,
  • Land acquisition or loans (For information on capital grants, click here, and for loans click here).


Past Grants

Here is a list of the Amplification projects that OSI has funded in 2009.

Application Process

To request funding, qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest (LOI) as follows:

1) The LOI should not exceed two pages,

2) The LOI should include:

  • An overview of the project,
  • Explain how the project meets one or more of the program objectives detailed above,
  • Summarize the project need, opportunity and expected outcomes,
  • Expected timeline for undertaking and completing the project.
  • Grant request to OSI.

3)Attach detailed project budget.

After reviewing the LOIs, OSI will invite full proposals for the top ranked projects.

Suggested grant range is $25,000 to $75,000. On larger projects, preference will be given to projects with matching funds.


No funding deadlines at this time. (December 2011)

Application Submission

Please send your LOI and supporting material via email to: grants@osiny.org

If digital format is not possible, paper copies will be accepted by mail at:

Saving New Englands Wildlife Grant Application
Open Space Institute
1350 Broadway, suite 201
New York, NY 10018


For questions regarding the program & application process, please contact:

Jennifer Melville, Loan and Grant Coordinator
Grant and Loan Coordinator
Open Space Institute
81 Bridge Street, Suite 401
Yarmouth, ME 04096




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