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Grants and Technical Support to USA Nonprofits, Land Trusts, and Tribes in
Multiple States to Address Climate Change and Land Conservation Issues

Land and Climate Catalyst Planning Grants

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Open Space Institute (OSI) and Land Trust Alliance

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Grants of up to $15,000 and technical support to USA nonprofit organizations, land trusts, and tribes in multiple states to address climate change and land conservation issues. Funding is intended to build organizational capacity and support environmental stewardship initiatives. Eligible applicants for Open Space Institute grants are located in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. Land Trust Alliance grants and technical support are available for projects in all states except Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Through a collaboration between Open Space Institute and Land Trust Alliance, funding is available in the 2022 grant round to help land trusts, other not-for-profit organizations, and state and federally recognized Tribes integrate climate science into strategic land protection plans or forest stewardship plans. Land trusts may also apply for strategic conservation planning or communications technical support from the Land Trust Alliance. 

The program aims to support and build the capacity of land trusts and other groups that conserve and steward land to integrate climate change into land protection and management decisions. The program will support the development of climate-informed land conservation, stewardship or communications plans that address one or more of the following issues: habitat resilience, carbon mitigation or community adaptation to climate impacts such as stronger storms, flooding, drought, fire or extreme heat.

OSI’s Catalyst Program currently focuses on addressing the following climate issues: habitat resilience, forest carbon storage and sequestration, and community resilience to climate impacts such as flooding. The program supports conservation groups and communities by offering planning grants and technical assistance, authoring guidance documents, and hosting workshops.

Projects should achieve one or more of the following deliverables:

  • Land protection plans: Incorporate climate science into new or existing strategic conservation plans that target land protection for climate adaptation or mitigation.
  • Management plans: Incorporate climate science into land stewardship or management plans to address adaptation and/or mitigation strategies.
  • Communications plans: Develop a comprehensive climate communication strategy that promotes the adaptation and mitigation goals of the organization and its conservation or stewardship plans.

For eligible uses of grant funds, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202715

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Planning grants: Applicants can apply for grants of between $5,000 - $15,000
- Land trust technical support (Land trusts may apply for one of these technical support offerings in addition to a grant or in lieu of a grant.)

Term of Contract:

All projects must begin in 2022 and be completed within twelve months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Planning grants may be awarded to land trusts, not-for-profit organizations, and state or federally recognized Tribes.

Who may apply for Land Trust Alliance grants and technical support:
- Land Trust Alliance member land trusts and Affiliate state land trust associations are eligible to apply for planning grants and technical support.
- Applicants must have been a qualified organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code for at least two years, or, in the case of Affiliate member state land trust associations, have an established fiduciary meeting this qualification.
- Applicants must be a current member in good standing of the Land Trust Alliance.
- Preference is given to accredited land trusts and organizations with a board-approved plan to pursue accreditation.
- Geographic eligibility: Nation-wide, with the following exception: Due to extensive investments in climate planning through the Alliance’s Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative, projects based in OR, WA and ID are not eligible for this round of funding.

The following entities are eligible to apply for Open Space Institute grants:
- 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations or organizations that otherwise fulfill a similar not-for-profit charitable purpose
- State or federally recognized Tribes
- Geographic eligibility: OSI will consider applications from the following Eastern U.S. states: AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, KY, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV.
- OSI will award grants to support strategic conservation and land stewardship plans that address climate resilience with a preference for projects that integrate forest carbon and/or flood hazard mitigation.
- Dedicated funds are available for projects located in the Delaware River Basin that address flooding or other climate impacts to water quality.

Please note that technical support awards are not available through the Open Space Institute.

For ineligible use of grant funds, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

An applicant information session will be held on May 13, 2022 from 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Eastern. Register here:

Program staff will also offer two virtual “office hours” sessions where applicants can ask questions and receive feedback on project proposals. Please use this link ( to schedule a 20-minute individual consultation during one of the two sessions:
- Office Hours Session 1: May 20, 2022 - 12-2 PM
- Eastern Office Hours Session 2: May 25, 2022 - 3-5 PM Eastern

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted through June 8, 2022.

Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by end of July 2022.

Full RFP:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, contact:

Kelly Watkinson, Land and Climate Program Manager: (540) 333-1450 or

Hallie Schwab, Conservation Planning Manager, Open Space Institute: (929) 405-3294 or

Open Space Institute
1350 Broadway, Suite 201
New York, NY 10018


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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