July 13, 2012, HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Legacy Land Conservation Program is seeking applicants for grants from the State Land Conservation Fund to fund the protection, through acquisition, of lands having value as a resource to the State of Hawai‘i.
The Legacy Land Conservation Program provides an annual source of funding for the acquisition and conservation of cultural and historic sites; watersheds; coastal areas, beaches, and ocean access; habitat protection; recreational and public hunting areas; parks; natural areas; agricultural production; and open spaces and scenic resources.
State agencies, county agencies, and non-profit land conservation organizations may apply. Proposed projects may include acquisition of fee title or conservation easements. County agencies and non-profit project applicants must be able to provide at least 25 percent of the total project costs. On average, funded projects usually bring about 65 percent matching funds from federal, county, or private sources.
This year, applicants are advised of an early deadline for a new requirement that includes a consultation with State agencies. Starting July 16, 2012 the 2012-2013 grant application and instructions are available at http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/llcp. Application summaries must be submitted to consulting State agencies by August 3, 2012, and full applications must be received or postmarked no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 17, 2012.
The 2012-2013 application cycle may provide approximately $2.5 million in grants, awarded through a competitive process and subject to any budget restrictions. Funding is available through a portion of the State’s land conveyance tax set aside annually in the Land Conservation Fund for the purpose of protecting Hawai‘i’s unique and valuable resource lands. Project applications will be reviewed by the Legacy Land Conservation Commission, which will nominate projects for funding.
Projects are subject to the approval of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, consultation with the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, review by the Department of the Attorney General and the approval of the Governor. Final awards are subject to the availability of funds.
For more information on the Legacy Land Conservation Program, please visit http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/llcp or call (808) 586-0921.