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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 .
The federal State Wildlife Grants Program is our nation’s core program for preventing wildlife from becoming endangered. It funds theand 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:
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.
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/.
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.