The grants program supported capacity-building projects that increase collaborative conservation campaigns among regional organizations. It also supports transaction costs associated with the donation of conservation easements and fee simple lands of ecological significance.
The funding program was developed in collaboration with the Highstead Foundation and guided by an advisory committee comprised of some of the region's leading allies of RCP's, chaired by Bill Labich.
Berkshire Wildlife Linkage Partnership
$55,000 for continued support of the Berkshire Wildlife Linkage Partnership Due Diligence Fund. The fund will support conservation of key linkages in the a 2.4 million acre wildlife corridor that helps connect the Northern and Central Appalachian Mountains by linking the Green Mountains in Vermont to the Hudson Highlands in New York.
Cold Hollow to Canada
$100,000 to support the Cold Hollow Land Conservation Fund. The fund will support transaction costs that encourage landowners to donate easements and land in the rural northern Vermont region bordering Canada known as Cold Hollow Mountains.
Downeast Conservation Network
$100,000 to support the Downeast Maine Donated Land and Easement Transaction Cost Grant Program. The program will increase the incentive for landowners to donate easements and sell land at deep discount in the 5,606 square mile region covered by Washington and Hancock Counties, Maine.
MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership
$100,000 to support a transaction fund that will help reduce a back-log of land and conservation easement donations of private landowners in the 760,000 acre MassConn region running from the Chicopee-Connecticut watershed in the south to the Quabbin Reservoir in north central Massachusetts.
Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership
$20,000 to develop a strategic conservation map and help the Aspetuck Land Trust work with local partners to develop a campaign to conserve the Wilton-Weston Focus Area and Honey Hill Assemblage Block.
Maine Mountain Collaborative
$20,000 to develop and implement a strategic communications plan that encourages large private foundations and individual donors to support landscape-scale conservation in the Maine Appalachian Corridor.
Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens Partnership
$20,000 to support a public planning process that supports the development of a social, cultural, and ecological vision and narrative that guides conservation efforts in the coastal Pine Barrens of Massachusetts.