CCCD launches Conservation Opportunity Fund

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Cheshire County Conservation District launched a new grant program for wildlife conservation. Photo provided

WALPOLE, N.H. – The Cheshire County Conservation District is excited to announce the launch of a new grant program that will provide small grants up to $1,500 for wildlife habitat improvement projects. The Conservation Opportunity Fund’s mission is to provide funding for owners of small tracts of land who are interested in improving the wildlife habitat on their property. This program is a new, annual opportunity to support environmental stewardship and the ecological integrity of Cheshire County.

There is $3,000 available in the 2020 funding cycle. Awards no greater than $1,500 will be considered. The CCCD requests proposals from landowners of small tracts of land, less than 25 acres, who seek funding to make meaningful long-term impact on wildlife habitat and biodiversity. Eligible applicants include individuals, businesses, farmers, or forestland owners.

Types of projects eligible to receive funding from the Conservation Opportunity Fund include installation of native pollinator habitat; installation of rain gardens; creation and maintenance of early successional habitat; creation of vegetated buffers on surface waters; or conversion of lawns or fields to native plant gardens. The list of project ideas is not exhaustive – if you have a project idea that is not listed above, please call the CCCD office to inquire about eligibility.

Request for proposals and the 2020 application forms, along with some resources related to eligible projects, can be found on the CCCD’s website at www.cheshireconservation.org/conservation-opportunity-fund.

Completed applications are due to the CCCD no later than March 1, 2020 and can be submitted digitally or by hard copy in the mail. Applications must be postmarked or received by email by the due date. Proposals can be mailed to Conservation Opportunity Fund, Cheshire County Conservation District, 11 Industrial Park Dr. Walpole NH 03608 or emailed to amanda@cheshireconservation.org. Successful grant applicants will be notified of award by mid-April 2020.

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