Dear Grant Partners,
Welcome, and please take a few minutes to read this introduction, followed by the step-by-step instructions on how to complete your proposal.
Since 2007, the Conservation Lands Foundation has been providing grants, training, campaign support and organizational development opportunities to a network of non-profit conservation organizations across the West. These organizations share in our mission to protect, restore, and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy, and partnerships. We refer to this network of organizations as the Friends Grassroots Network. Along with our Friends Grassroots Network, CLF has started an initiative launched to reach new voices in protecting public lands, Partners for the National Conservation Lands.
CLF staff members invite organizations to apply for grants to support restoration/stewardship, advocacy, communications, organizational development, expansion campaigns, defense of the National Conservation Lands and defense of individual places, as well as for work defending the laws and tools, such as the Antiquities Act, that are used to protect these special areas.
We have the word “Foundation” in our name, though we are not supported by one entity or source of revenue. Rather, our staff and board members raise all of the funds for our grant-making program from generous individual donors, companies, and foundations who also are committed to supporting the Friends Grassroots Network model. This model reflects our founders’ core belief that the nation’s public lands are best protected when there is a national network of local advocates working to advance a common conservation vision.
We fund and partner with organizations to build and grow constituencies—reaching out to new audiences and supporters who will advocate for the National Conservation Lands. We recognize that there are historically underserved and underrepresented populations in our country and community, and we need to actively identify and eliminate barriers to ensure their full participation in conservation. Doing so will yield more creative, collaborative, synergistic and effective outcomes for the National Conservation Lands. This is more fully explained in our Equity, Inclusion and Diversity statement.
We encourage you to develop and adopt Equity, Inclusion and Diversity initiatives for your own organization; please contact a CLF staff person to discuss how. Together with grassroots partnerships across the country, we will ensure that:
- The National Conservation Lands are upheld as a permanent system of protected lands.
- Attempts to weaken the Antiquities Act are defeated.
- Attempts to weaken or degrade the management and conservation standards of the National Conservation Lands are defeated.
- A diverse, organized and influential constituency is working cohesively to protect current and future National Conservation Lands.
Please be in regular, ongoing communication with your CLF staff person—about your successes, challenges, and emerging opportunities. We will do the same. In addition, we ask that you submit a final report form at the end of the grant period. Grants typically are renewed on an annual basis. Multi-year grants can be given out at the discretion of CLF staff.
Thank you for your dedication to your National Conservation Lands and for partnering with the Conservation Lands Foundation.
The CLF Staff