OSI Transborder US Canada Fund Application

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Transborder Land Protection Fund

2013.8 Map Transborder Ecoregion

Fund Overview

The Transborder Land Protection Fund offers grants and loans for projects that will enhance the protection of the Northern Appalachian/Acadian eco-region of the eastern United States and southern Canada. (View the eco-region map). The Fund is made possible thanks to the vision and generous support from the Partridge Foundation.

The Fund supports projects that integrate the protection of the eco-region along the international border and gives preference to areas identified by Two Countries, One Forest (Deux Pays, Une Forêt) as important for conservation action. The Fund supports land transactions that increase awareness of and support for conservation and accelerate collaborative action among public and nonprofit agencies.

A report detailing the Transborder Fund accomplishments to date, in French and English, is available as a pdf here.

Fund Objectives

The objectives of the Fund are to protect lands through fee purchase, conservation easements and servitudes, that:

  • Serve ecological functions that cross the border, such as wildlife corridors,
  • Are located proximate to the international border (consideration also given to projects in critical linkages that are near or across state and provincial jurisdictions),
  • Engage local constituencies,
  • Serve as models for other land conservation efforts, and
  • Will be catalyzed or propelled by the Fund’s investment.



The Northern Appalachian/Acadian eco-region, an 80 million-acre region spanning the eastern edge of North America, faces numerous threats. In the US, the primary threat stems from the sale of large landscapes that subsequently risk subdivision and development. 

In Canada, parcelization on private lands is accelerating while the type and intensity of uses on some Crown lands remains a significant concern. Because the eco-region spans the boundaries of the US and Canada, collaboration between these two countries is needed to maximize necessary resources and to integrate the conservation of this wild area.

Significant planning by various public and nonprofit conservation organizations has identified key focus areas, and critical areas for connectivity between the forests of northern New England and the forests of eastern Canada. Securing these linkages is crucial to ensuring connectivity for wildlife and thus the ecological integrity of the forests. See Map (pdf)

Geographic Focus Area

Grants are currently available for eligible land protection projects in the Canadian provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and the states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Grant Criteria

Eligible projects must permanently protect wildlife habitat, either by creating or enlarging existing preserves, or by buffering and/or connecting habitat. 

Preference shall be given to projects that:

  • Are undertaken by Canadian and US organizations in partnership;
  • Achieve significant scale, either by themselves or in concert with other projects and/or existing protected land;
  • Are located near the international border of the US and Canada;
  • Illustrate the value of Transborder conservation; and
  • Catalyze other significant transactions, constituency and public and private funding for Transborder conservation.


In addition, projects should:

  • Achieve significant immediate financial leverage,
  • Demonstrate an urgency and/or timeliness in proceeding, i.e., where there is significant but manageable threat,
  • Should be completed within 18 months of receiving a grant award,
  • Are spearheaded by organizations with the capacity and financial ability to execute the transaction and ensure stewardship/management of the protected property, and
  • Are executed in a cost-effective manner.


Eligible Uses of Funds

The Fund will award grants for transactional expenses, including appraisals, environmental assessments, options and stewardship costs. The Fund will provide capital grants for fee or easement acquisition only in exceptional circumstances, e.g., where there is urgent need, and such support can kick-start a project and/or trigger significant other matching public and private dollars.

The Fund may also provide short-term low-interest loans for projects that bridge public and private funding and meet the grant criteria above.  

Application Process and Deadline

OSI is not currently accepting application for the Transborder Fund. For questions about the Fund please contact:

Jennifer Melville
Vice President, Conservation Grants and Loans
Open Space Institute
53 Depot Street
Freeport, ME 04032




Transborder Report 2013 Cover

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