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VIRGINIA LAND CONSERVATION FOUNDATION

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FY 2013 and FY 2014 Grant Round

At its meeting on Dec. 6, 2012, the VLCF board awarded 12 grants totaling $1.55 million. The grants will help add 1,642 acres of working farms and forests, historic sites, natural areas, and parks and open space to Virginia's conservation land base. Summaries of the awarded projects can be found here.

Awarded projects are for specific sites that meet the criteria for one or more of the application categories:

  • Natural area protection.
  • Open spaces and parks.
  • Farmlands and forest preservation.
  • Historic area preservation.

As FY14 grants have already been awarded, there will be no grant round held in 2013. Future funding is unknown at present; the earliest possible grant fund will be in 2014.

Download the VLCF Grants Manual for more information about the application process and scoring criteria. Click here to download the manual in MS Word format.

Contact Land Conservation Coordinator Sarah Richardson, 804-225-2048, sarah.richardson@dcr.virginia.gov, for more information.

VLCF brochure

The VLCF published a brochure about the foundation. It includes a map showing the locations of all awarded grant projects.

Reports

Click here for the VLCF Board of Trustees and DCR Report of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation submitted to the governor and General Assembly on October 2013.

Click here for the VLCF Board of Trustees and DCR 2007 and 2008 Biennial Report of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (with Calendar Year 2007 Land Preservation Tax Credit Conservation Value Summary), submitted to the governor and Virginia General Assembly in January 2009. Click here to download the Land Preservation Tax Credit Conservation Value Report for calendar years 2009 and 2010.

Land Preservation Tax Credits – Conservation Value Review Criteria

At its March 27, 2009, meeting, the VLCF Board amended the Land Preservation Tax Credit (LPTC) Conservation Value Review Criteria to incorporate guidance used over the past year by DCR's director to verify the conservation value of donated land or conservation easements or other less-than-fee interests in land that result in tax credit applications of $1 million or more. Click here for the criteria the board adopted that day.

After two public comment periods and input from an advisory group, DCR staff developed draft final amendments to the Land Preservation Tax Credits Conservation Value Review Criteria for the VLCF Board’s consideration. Proposed changes to the criteria were presented to the board at its March 27, 2009, meeting. The public had the opportunity to comment at that meeting before action was taken by the board.

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.

Background

photo of redbudVirginia. 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.

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.

In 1999, the General Assembly and the governor established the VLCF to help fund protection of these resources. Funds from the foundation are used to establish permanent conservation easements and to purchase 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 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 establishes, administers, manages - including the creation of reserves - and makes expenditures and allocations from the Virginia Land Conservation Fund, which is special, non-reverting money in the state treasury. One major function of the foundation is to make matching grants to holders and public bodies for:

purchasing fee simple title to or other rights, interests or privileges in property for the protections or preservation of ecological, cultural or historical resources

  • lands for recreational purposes
  • lands for threatened or endangered species, fish and wildlife habitat
  • natural areas
  • and agricultural and forestal lands and open space.

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.

Categories: There are four application categories, and each has a particular set of criteria.

  • Open Spaces and Parks
  • Natural Area Protection
  • Historic Area Preservation
  • Farmlands and Forest Preservation

Eligibility: Applications can be submitted by agencies, localities, public bodies, and registered (tax-exempt) nonprofit organizations in accordance with application procedures.

Contact: 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