Summer 2015 Land Transaction Grant Funds Now Available

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GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR TRANSACTION COSTS FOR PERMANENT LAND PROTECTION IN COASTAL WATERSHED
The GBRPP and PREP release a request for proposals from land conservation organizations for $23,225 in funding to use for land transaction costs.

The Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership (GBRPP) and PREP are issuing a request for proposals for the June 2015 Land Conservation Transaction Grants Program. This matching grants program is aimed at assisting land trusts, conservation organizations and municipal governments within the Piscataqua Region coastal watershed area with the transaction costs associated with permanent land protection such as conservation easements, full fee acquisitions and donations of land.

A total of $23,225 is available through this year’s grant program. Qualified nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) conservation organizations or units of government may apply for this grant through the application form.

RFP Application in MS WORD

RFP Application in PDF

Applications must be postmarked by June 19, 2015.

The Great Bay estuary and coastal region is under pressure from population growth and land development. Conserving a network of undeveloped natural lands in our region is critical in order to maintain clean water, support healthy wildlife populations, minimize flood damages, and provide quality recreational opportunities.  The purchase or donation of land or conservation easements often requires funding for transaction expenses (e.g. appraisals, land surveys, recording fees). The Land Conservation Transaction Grants Program will provide vital support for this cost of conserving land.

“Often times the funding needed to complete land transactions is not readily available. With these funds from PREP and GBRPP the costs associated with land protection can be covered. This program provides those vital funds to help get projects moved along or completed,” explains Dea Brickner-Wood, GBRPP’s Great Bay Coordinator.

For questions about this grant opportunity contact:

Dea Brickner-Wood, GBRPP, Great Bay Coordinator

603-868-6112      bluesky24@comcast.net

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.

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