Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund accepting grant applications

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund announced today that it is accepting grant applications for land-protection projects and that interested parties have until Dec. 31 to apply.

Land-protection projects can include important wildlife habitats, working forests and farmlands, as well as hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreational areas. Applications for large and small grants will be accepted. Large grants are those totaling more than $25,000. A total of $50,000 in funding will be reserved for small grants.

Applicants are reminded to complete their application and determine if their project qualifies for funding by using the OHCF’s eligibility assessment tool and technical assistance manual, all available at commerce.wv.gov/outdoor-heritage-conservation-fund.

Fiscal Year 2023 Grant Applications will be accepted through December 31, 2023.

About the Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund – The Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund, created by the West Virginia Legislature, invests in conserving wildlife habitats, natural areas, forests, farmlands and recreational spaces. It acquires property interests and awards grants for conservation projects aligned with plans like the Wildlife Conservation Action Plan. An 11-member Board of Trustees, comprising stakeholders from land trusts, state divisions, recreation groups, and experts, guides the fund’s efforts. To learn more about the Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund, visit commerce.wv.gov/outdoor-heritage-conservation-fund.

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