Conservation Funding Available

Conservation Funding Available 2Competitive funding is available for conservation initiatives in southwest Virginia through Virginia Environmental Endowment’s (VEE) Community Conservation Program.

“The Community Conservation Program gives the Virginia Environmental Endowment the opportunity to provide substantial grants to significantly impact the quality of the environment and the quality of life in the Program’s designated jurisdictions in Southwest Virginia,” said Joseph H. Maroon, the Endowment’s Executive Director.

“It is our hope that the funding from the Program will, among other things, help to restore waterways, improve environmental health, educate more children and youth, and accomplish more land conservation.”

In 2019, VEE supported geographically and demographically diverse community engagement efforts throughout the six-county area that wholly contains the footprint of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).

Those efforts identified community concerns over water quality issues; sufficiency of environmental education and water quality monitoring; and challenges from invasive species and trash. The communities engaged had differing levels of environmental organizational capacity, experience, and knowledge.

Findings from that outreach led VEE to establish the Community Conservation Program. This program provides funding “for conservation initiatives located within the counties of Craig, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pittsylvania and Roanoke, and the cities of Salem and Roanoke.” A summary of the priorities for the Program as well as a summary of the grants awarded to date can be found at this link.

The Community Conservation Program at a glance:
● Proposals should be for a minimum of $50,000.
● Multi-year projects of up to three years are eligible.
● Projects must be located within the counties of Craig, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pittsylvania and Roanoke, and the cities of Salem and Roanoke.
● Proposals must be submitted by 5 pm on January 15, 2022.
● VEE encourages interested parties to submit a one to two page letter explaining the proposal in advance of the due date.

Learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements, previously funded projects, and how to apply, at vee.org or contact Senior Program Officer, Roy Hoagland (rhoagland@vee.org)

About Virginia Environmental Endowment: VEE improves the quality of our environment by using our capital, expertise and resources to encourage all sectors to work together to prevent pollution, conserve natural resources, and promote environmental literacy.