RICHMOND — The Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (VLCF) is now accepting applications for $14.1 million in land conservation grants.
According to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the foundation provides grants to support conservation in farmland preservation, forest preservation, historic preservation, natural area protection, and open spaces and parks. The program provides 50-50 matching grants for localities and nonprofit conservation entities, while state agencies and federally or state-recognized Indian tribes may receive 100%.
Of the $16 million approved in the state budget for fiscal year 2024, $4 million automatically goes to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and $12 million to VLCF grants. An additional $2.1 million was added to that amount from previously awarded projects that came in under budget. A record $14.9 million was awarded in fiscal 2023.
The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18.
A virtual workshop for applicants is scheduled for June 8 at 9:30 a.m. Details about the workshop, the grant manual and application will be posted on the DCR website.