Virginia. The very word conjures images of pastoral beauty. There are special places here, special lands that have witnessed America's greatest human triumphs and tragedies. Our state's open spaces, farms, areas of cultural significance, parks and battlefields inspire and attract people from around the globe. About eight million now call the Old Dominion home. And Virginia's natural habitats, some found nowhere else on earth, are home to some pretty special plant and animal inhabitants as well.
In 1999, the General Assembly and the governor established the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation to help fund protection of these resources. Grants are awarded to help fund the purchase of permanent conservation easements, open spaces and parklands, lands of historic or cultural significance, farmlands and forests, and natural areas. State agencies, local governments, public bodies and registered (tax-exempt) nonprofit groups are eligible to receive matching grants from the foundation.
The Virginia Land Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 1 p.m. in the East Reading Room of the Patrick Henry Building at 1111 East Broad St. in Richmond, Virginia. The board will discuss a proposed grant round of $6 million set aside in the FY17 Appropriations Act. As required by law, funds will be divided equally among four grant categories: (i) natural area protection; (ii) open spaces and parks, including but not limited to land for public hunting, fishing or wildlife watching; (iii) farmlands and forest preservation; and (iv) historic area preservation.
The board will also vote on a timeline for the grant round. The timeline will be posted here after the meeting.
Call or email Land Conservation Manager Sarah Richardson, 804-225-2048, email@example.com, for more information.
The Virginia Land Conservation Foundation board of trustees met on Oct. 27, 2015, and approved 14 land-conservation grants totaling $2.25 million that will help add 2,000 acres to Virginia’s conserved lands. Eighteen applications were received, with grant requests totaling close to $3.4 million. The projects approved represent more than $13 million in public and private money going to land conservation across the state.
This press release issued by the governor's office has details.
At its October meeting, the board of trustees also adopted guidance for resolving disputes related to the interpretation or administration of conservation easements in accordance with §10.1-1021.2 of the Code of Virginia. This is the final guidance document.
Call or email Land Conservation Analyst Suzan Bulbulkaya, 804-371-5218, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
The VLCF published a brochure about the foundation. It includes a map showing the locations of all awarded grant projects.
Click here for the VLCF Board of Trustees and DCR Report of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation submitted to the governor and General Assembly in June 2015.
In 2009, the VLCF Board amended the Land Preservation Tax Credit (LPTC) Conservation Value Review Criteria to verify the conservation value of donated land or conservation easements that result in tax credit applications of $1 million or more.
Click here for more information about the LPTC.
Click here for procedural guidelines for conservation donors whose tax credit applications are for $1 million or more.
Few would argue that our commonwealth's natural and cultural resources are less than astonishing. With such unmatched resources, however, comes responsibility; the responsibility to conserve and protect these special places for future generations. That's where the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (VLCF) comes in.
The purpose of the foundation is to provide state funding used to conserve certain categories of special land. Those categories are open spaces and parks, natural areas, historic areas, and farmland and forest preservation. The money comes from the Virginia Land Conservation Fund, which is managed by the foundation. A portion of the fund may be used for developing properties for public use. Grants used for acquisition are generally used only for current projects; only in exceptional cases - where considerable public benefit and compelling, unusual financial need and circumstances have been shown - might grants be made for already complete purchases.
The foundation manages the Virginia Land Conservation Fund, which gets funding from the state’s annual budget. One major function of the foundation is to make matching grants to holders and public bodies for purchasing fee simple title to or permanent conservation easements for the preservation of ecological, cultural or historical resources.
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation provides staff and administrative support. An Interagency Taskforce reviews and recommends grant applications to the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation. Grant awards are based on applications for 50 percent or less of total project costs pursuant to specific criteria defined in each category.
There are four application categories, and each has a particular set of criteria.
Applications can be submitted by agencies, localities, public bodies, and registered (tax-exempt) nonprofit organizations in accordance with application procedures.
Next meeting: Spring 2016. Date and location to be determined.
Meeting notices and records of previous meetings can be found on the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall website.
Resources for board members regarding FOIA, travel regulations, open meetings, etc.
For more info, write to:
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Attn: Virginia Land Conservation Foundation
600 E. Main St., 24th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
or call 804-225-2048