Trout Unlimited is pleased to announce the inaugural round of its Chesapeake Bay Coldwater Land Conservancy Fund. The Fund provides matching grants to land trusts and conservation agencies to permanently protect habitat for Eastern brook trout through land and conservation easement acquisition. Grants are specifically for the transaction costs (e.g. boundary surveys, appraisals, baseline documentation, other due diligence, monitoring, etc.) of land protection projects and will generally not exceed $12,000. Projects must be located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Support for the Fund comes from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Trout Unlimited. A competitive process will be used to evaluate proposals. Proposals for the first round of funding are due December 30, 2011. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2012. Matching funds may consist of grants, cash gifts, in-kind donations, and/or landowner donation of easement or land value.