Virginia Outdoors Foundation Launches New Grant Opportunities for Public Open Space

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) has launched several new grant opportunities, aimed at creating/expanding public open space and increasing equitable access to open space. Learn more about these program below:

VOF Preservation Trust Fund

Recently, VOF has made $1 million available from its Preservation Trust Fund (PTF) for grants that create or expand access to public open space across the state. Grant funds can be utilized to acquire land, easements, rights of way, lease agreements or other interests in real estate that engender significant public access. The real estate interest must be conveyed to either VOF or a local government, and protection must meet the requirements of Virginia’s Open-Space Land Act.

Click here to view the application form, eligibility criteria and other materials! The deadline to apply is Dec. 18, 2020.

Get Outdoors (GO)

The new Get Outdoors (GO) program seeks to provide grants of up to $25,000 ($500 minimum) for projects that increase equitable access to safe, open space in Virginia communities. The first round of grants focuses on projects in communities that have been inadequately served, overlooked or harmed by unfair zoning, housing and land-use practices or other systemic discrimination. Grant funds can be utilized to fund studies, planning, capacity building and infrastructure to enable safe use of, or access to, public open space, as well as for acquisition.

Click here to view the application form, eligibility criteria and other materials! The deadline to apply is Dec. 18, 2020.

“Virginia’s land conservation programs are some of the most successful in the nation, but they have traditionally served communities that have higher rates of land ownership and more access to public open space. Large numbers of Virginians still do not have access to safe open space in their neighborhoods because of historic injustices, and VOF hopes to do its part in correcting this through Get Outdoors.” – Brett Glymph, VOF Executive Director

VOF encourages potential applicants to contact staff prior to applying to discuss eligibility and seek guidance on producing a successful application. Contact grants@vof.org or (434) 282-7054 for information or to receive hardcopies of the application and supporting materials. 

Click here to view all VOF grant programs!

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