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Acres For America

Category: Environment

Launched in 2005 by Wal-Mart Stores and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the project is the Foundation’s premier land conservation program. Wal-Mart sought to offset the footprint of its domestic facilities on at least an acre by acre basis through permanent conservation of important wildlife habitats. To be considered for a grant, the land must be endorsed by appropriate federal, state, and local agencies as well as nonprofit conservation organizations that have determined that the acquisition is of high conservation value. Acquisitions that contribute to “landscape level” conservation efforts are preferred over isolated acquisitions. The acquisition should conserve important fish, wildlife, and/or plant resources. All paperwork must be made available to the Foundation staff for review. Fee transfer or perpetual easement must qualify for “conservation purposes.” Public access to the land is preferred, but not required. Debt retirement on acquisitions is not something the grant program prefers to fund. Final disposal of the land should be stated. Applicants should be able to secure letters of support from important Congressional representatives. All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Federal funds may be considered as match. Higher ratios of matching funds will at times aid in making applications more competitive. Annual pre-proposal deadlines are April 1 and September 1. If the date falls on a weekend, applicants have till the following Monday to submit it. An online proposal form is available on the Web site.

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