Current and Potential Sources of Funding for RCPs

Funding for Coordination, Education and Outreach, Strategic Conservation Planning, and Organizational Development


  • RCP Climate-Resilient Biodiversity Conservation Planning Grant Program — Modest grants for GIS mapping and technical assistance from Highstead and Harvard Forest staff. Contact Bill Labich at for more information


  • RCP Peer Exchange Program—Small grants to facilitate RCPs learning from other RCPs. Contact Katie Blake at for more information.



  • Long Island Sound Futures Fund—National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grants for projects that “secure clean water and healthy watersheds, restore thriving habitats and abundant wildlife, and engage the public in creating sustainable and resilient communities around the Long Island Sound Watershed.” 2019 RFP, Full Proposals due May 20, 2019


  • New England Forests and Rivers Fund—National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funding for projects that “restore and sustain healthy forests and rivers that provide habitat for diverse native bird populations, as well as freshwater and diadromous fish populations.” 2019 RFP, Proposals due April 25, 2019


  • Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program— A partnership of the US Endowment for Forests and Communities, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, this program funds projects that "accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds." 2019 RFP, Proposals due February 4, 2019

Land or Fee Easement Acquisition Capital 

  • NRCS - Regional Conservation Partnership Program(RCPP)–Funds partnerships to provide conservation assistance to landowners and producers at regional or watershed-scales through four existing NRCS programs:
    • Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
    • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
    • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
    • Healthy Forest Reserve Program (HFRP) 

The Long Island Sound Watershed RCPP's Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Ag Land Easements (ACEP-ALE) 2018 grant round open to Vermont applicants in the Long Island Sound Watershed will award up to $300,000 for conservation easements on parcels up to 99% in forest.  Apply March 12, 2018 – May 14, 2018. Contact Bill Labich for more information. 

Completed Grant Programs