If your land trust is ready to take its first steps onto the path toward accreditation, it’s easier than ever to get there with financial and technical assistance offered by the Land Trust Alliance through its Accreditation Preparation Grants Program. The process of preparing for accreditation is a big commitment of time and resources, and the grants program provides the financial assistance land trusts need to be successful. Of the 317 accredited land trusts in 46 U.S. states and territories, 38% of them have received an accreditation preparation grant from the Alliance to help them prepare.
Land trusts that have gone through the accreditation application process find it helps focus on practices that otherwise may get overshadowed It also provides opportunities for teams of staff and/or board members to work together and to streamline or codify internal practices.
The Alliance awards grants to support staff time and other expenses related to the accreditation preparation process. Average grant size is $5,000. Examples of project activities include updating required policies and procedures; conducting an organizational assessment; improving recordkeeping; completing baseline documentation reports for conservation easement projects; and preparing your accreditation application.
“The program’s support made it possible to advance our preparations for accreditation and make needed long-term improvements in how we document inspections and locate boundaries. The process was easy, and the staff great to work with and very supportive, with a minimum of red tape.”
Whether your land trust has already begun, or is considering preparing for accreditation, don’t delay and apply today for an accreditation preparation grant. Contact Erin Heskett, national services director to learn more about how to apply at email@example.com