Land Protection Program: Wild Lands, Wild Waters Grant

Sweet Water Trust

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Canada, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire Show all

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: To apply for a Wild Lands, Wild Waters grant: please contact the Executive Director by email for an interview. We do not accept unsolicited proposals.

Through its Land Protection Program, Sweet Water Trust supports projects that protect wildness on our landscape so that it revives, deepens, and endures. Each year we will fund a few landscape scale conservation projects, often through multi-year grants. 

While we no longer have a small grants program, we expect to make the occasional small grant to an effort that makes a major contribution to achieving the goal of protecting wild lands in the Northern Appalachian Region or to research that helps determine the size and character of core wilderness areas.

Land Protection Program: Wild Lands, Wild Waters

The vision is of wilderness, of people living in harmony with wild nature protected as an enduring part of the American landscape, an idea shared by the majority of people in the northeastern US, according to regional and national polls. Working to put this vision on the ground is the largest community of private and public groups, arguably, in the world. Our Land Protection Program's goal is to work with these partners to help establish, enlarge, connect and restore core wild areas throughout New England, the Adirondack Region of New York, and contiguous areas of the Canadian provinces.

This funding program gives grants to conservation groups that love and protect wild places. We work with conservation non-profits, government agencies, foundations, businesses, and individual landowners to help find the means and instruments to convert some of the private land at risk in the region into conservation land protected forever as wild.

Sweet Water Trust evaluates the ecological goals and legal instruments for each land project under consideration. A conservation easement that protects land as wild is SWT's preferred tool to ensure permanent, science-based land protection in this region of vast stretches of private land. Conservation biology guides our work with others to design conservation strategies that attempt to protect habitat at the scale needed to halt local extinctions of native species. And while SWT relies on the best available science to guide us, our motivation comes from glimpses of a bittern in high grass, howls and birdsong, a good storm at a bad time in a wild place, and feeling dwarfed by massive trees seeded in the time of barely known ancestors and living on beyond us.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • This funding program gives grants to conservation groups that love and protect wild places.
  • Sweet Water Trust will review projects of more than 10,000 acres in aggregate (including previously protected parcels and strategic targets).
  • Grants for land projects require that adequate legal protection be put in place to safeguard ecological and wilderness values.
    • Usually this legal protection will be in the form of a conservation easement conveyed to another conservation organization as a second layer of protection that ensures permanency and biocentric stewardship.


  • Sweet Water Trust does not give grants for operating support.