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Climate Smart Land Stewardship Grant Program


The overarching goal of the Climate Smart Land Stewardship Grant Program is to increase the number of acres in Connecticut that are managed using climate smart land stewardship practices and encourage the use of climate smart practices among Connecticut’s land trusts.

This grant program, and CLCC's accompanying outreach and technical assistance, will elevate the role of conserved lands in providing natural climate solutions by integrating climate mitigation, resilience, and adaptation into the stewardship of conserved lands throughout the state.

Connecticut’s ~120 land trusts have collectively conserved more than 200,000 acres of land. These lands represent a vital component of the natural climate solutions that are required to combat the climate crisis. Through careful and well-planned stewardship, these protected lands have the potential to provide even greater climate benefits.

Have Questions? Want to Schedule a Site Visit?

Contact Ricky Bentley
Climate Smart Stewardship Coordinator

How is this Program Funded?

Funding for this grant program was paid for by the Climate Smart Farming: Agriculture and Forestry Grant.

Funding is awarded and administered by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

2024 Climate Smart Land Stewardship Grants

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) is excited to announce that it is accepting applications for its first round of Climate Smart Land Stewardship Grants for land trusts.

This program will award $500,000 over multiple years for both planning and implementation grants. In 2024, grants will be awarded quarterly.

Important Dates

In 2024, applications will be reviewed quarterly. Submission deadlines are at 5:00pm on:

  • March 1, 2024
  • May 1, 2024
  • August 1, 2024
  • November 1, 2024

Funding decisions are anticipated approximately six weeks after application deadlines.

Application Materials

Use the buttons below to open our grant application forms.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to view the documents at the bottom of this page to review application questions and other relevant information before starting an application.

Technical Assistance & Site Visits

In addition to providing financial assistance, CLCC is available to provide technical assistance to land trusts through site visits with our Climate Smart Stewardship Coordinator. These visits can help land trusts conceptualize how climate smart practices can be integrated into their land stewardship programs, and develop ideas for specific projects.

Inviting a site visit prior to drafting a grant application is strongly encouraged.

The Climate Smart Stewardship Coordinator is also available to provide guidance about the grant program, and applicants are encouraged to reach out with questions or concerns.

Contact CLCC's Climate Smart Stewardship Coordinator, Ricky Bentley, to schedule a meeting: rbentley@ctconservation.org

Through CT DEEP's Private & Municipal Lands Program, Service Foresters are available to provide technical advice and assistance to woodlot owners throughout the State. Inviting a visit from a Service Forester is an excellent way for land trusts to gain a deeper understanding of their forest's resources.

As project parters on CLCC's Climate Smart Land Stewardship Program, Service Foresters can also work with land trusts to explore how climate smart practices could be applied on a given property.

More Information

Helpful Resources

NRCS List of Climate-Smart Mitigation Activities
Learn more about how the list was created HERE »
Download the 2024 list HERE »

Climate Change Response Framework
Webpage on land trusts and climate adaptation HERE »
Quick Guide to Adaptation Planning for Land Trusts HERE »

Point Blue Conservation Science
Climate-Smart Framework for Land Trusts HERE »

Yale Forest Forum on Climate Smart Forestry
Recordings of 2023 webinars available HERE »

Connecticut Land Conservation Council
Climate-related resources HERE »
Stewardship resources HERE »

Land Trust Alliance
Climate-related resources HERE »

More to come...