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OSI Southeast Resilient Landscapes Fund Grant

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Grant amount: US $100,000 - US $400,000

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Alabama: Cherokee County, DeKalb County, Jackson County, Madison County, Counties in Georgia: Catoosa County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

About this funder:

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OSI partners with conservation organizations in the Southeast to assemble networks of protected lands to preserve plant and animal diversity in a changing climate. The Fund supports projects in three regions where an array of wild lands harbor rich biodiversity as well as the geological and landform complexity that allows species to adapt. 

Grant Opportunities

The Fund provides capital grants and loans to qualified non-profits for the acquisition of land or conservation easements on climate-resilient lands, capitalized with a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Through an in-depth review process, OSI selected three focus areas:
  • the Southern Cumberlands in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee;
  • the Southern Blue Ridge in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee; and
  • the Greater Pee Dee River in South Carolina and North Carolina. 

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


  • To be eligible for funding, projects must meet all of the following Threshold Criteria (asterisks denote terms that are defined in OSI’s Definitions and Map Guide).
    • Located within an OSI Resilient Focus Area
    • Rank above average for Resilience*
    • Achieve permanent protection of high resilience habitat through fee purchase of land or a conservation easement
    • Meet or exceed OSI conservation easements standards (see standards below for conservation easement projects)
    • Be spearheaded by an organization with the capacity and financial ability to execute the transaction and ensure long term stewardship and management of the property consistent with the Fund’s objectives
    • Be completed within 18 months of receiving notification of OSI’s grant award
  • Grants may be used to acquire permanent conservation easements and fee interest in land.
    • In exceptional cases, grants may be applied to cover transactional costs, including cost of appraisals, surveys, title, and environmental assessments.
    • The Fund may also provide short-term low-interest loans for projects that require bridge financing and that meet the grant criteria


  • Projects that meet the Threshold Criteria will be evaluated based on the:
    • Extent of the property that ranks above average for Resilience
    • Extent and type of Underrepresented Geophysical Settings found on the property
    • Extent of the property that ranks above average for Landscape Diversity
    • Extent, status and condition of plant and animal species and natural communities found on the property
    • The project’s role in helping to ensure the long-term viability of plant and animal species, either alone or in conjunction with existing protected areas
    • Threat and/or particular conservation opportunity presented
    • Evidence of a stewardship plan for the long-term conservation of the property consistent with the Fund’s objectives
    • Ability to meet OSI’s Match Requirements
    • Applicant’s interest in and ability to advance the use of Resilience science
    • Ability of the project to illustrate the importance of resilient landscape conservation and/or to catalyze other projects that will protect resilient habitat
    • Evidence that the land trust receiving funding from and/or holding property funded through a grant from the Fund is accredited by the Land Trust Commission or has a reasonable plan and time frame for attaining accreditation that has been adopted by the land trust’s board.


  • Grant funds cannot be used for endowments, stewardship costs, baseline documentation reports, staff time, buildings or other non-capital project expenses.