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Bringing Conservation Funding to Connecticut

It’s the one thing CLCC hears most frequently from land trusts - “we need more funding”. It’s no surprise, since Connecticut’s public conservation funding, per capita, is the lowest of any state in New England. With new CLCC grant programs – the Connecticut Conservation Partnership Program (CCPP) and Transaction Assistance Grant Program (TAG) – land trusts have access to significant sources of funding that will help them to pursue and complete more projects.

CLCC is also exploring other conservation funding opportunities that will bring more private and public dollars to Connecticut's land trusts.

Interested in learning more? Read on below or contact CLCC's Project Specialist, Yaw Darko.

Climate Smart Land Stewardship Grant Program

The Climate Smart Land Stewardship Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to support Connecticut's Land Trusts with the planning and implementation of climate smart practices. This grant program offers direct support and technical assistance to land trusts across the state to integrate climate mitigation, resilience, and adaptation focused projects on their conserved lands.

Connecticut Conservation Partnership Program (CCPP)

Administered by the Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC), CCPP establishes a coordinated process by which land trust applicants to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program (OSWA) may apply for a federal grant as a source of match funds.

Transaction Assistance Grant Program (TAG)

The Transaction Assistance Grant Program (TAG) seeks to accelerate the pace of land conservation by providing financial assistance to land trusts for transaction-related project costs. TAG responds to immediate conservation needs and is designed to get funding on the ground efficiently and effectively.

Other Grant Opportunities

Is your land trust looking for a grant to fund a conservation or stewardship project? Or perhaps you'd like to start a new program to engage your community? Find potential funding sources for all of your land trust's work on our Grant Opportunities page. If you know of a grant fund we should share on our website, let us know!