Other Federal Programs

Creative land trusts have used a wide array of federal programs to support their conservation work.  The Land Trust Alliance highlights major public funding programs here. We also encourage you to explore the helpful information in Trust For Public Land’s Conservation Almanac and Conservation Finance webpages.

State Wildlife Grants

The federal State Wildlife Grants Program is our nation’s core program for preventing wildlife from becoming endangered. It funds the state wildlife action plans and provides annual funding for state wildlife agencies to implement these plans.  Many states re-grant these funds to partners like land trusts and the plans themselves are a useful tool for land trusts to prioritize acquisition and stewardship decisions.

The Land Trust Alliance and more than 300 land trusts are members of the Teaming with Wildlife Coalition working to secure increased funding for wildlife. More information from:

Federal Highway Bill Funding

The 2005 highway bill (SAFETEA-LU) provides funding for several programs of interest to land trusts. In particular, since 1992 the Transportation Enhancements program has provided over $10 billion for projects such as:  acquisition of scenic or historic easements and sites, Conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails and environmental mitigation of highways. More.

Online Catalog of Federal Funding for Watershed Protection

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides the Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection online as an easy to use, searchable website. The site provides information for watershed practitioners and others on 84 Federal funding sources that may be available to help fund various watershed-related projects. View the Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection.

To search for funding opportunities and apply for Federal financial assistance go to the official United States government financial assistance portal at http://www.grants.gov/.

News on Federal Programs from the Trust for Public Land

Check the Trust for Public Land’s policy & legislation webpage for a helpful summary of other federal funding programs and archives of Washington Watch, a newsletter with timely information and highlights on public policy issues and federal funding opportunities that relate to land conservation. TPL’s Conservation Almanac also includes a list of federal funding programs.