Tennessee So Cumberlands
How We Do It


Image Credit: Chuck Sutherland

OSI accelerates the rate and effectiveness of conservation by providing grants and low-cost loans for land protection in the eastern United States and Canada.

Land conservation in the U.S. is made possible by a complex blend of private investment and public sources, and yet the total contribution falls far short of meeting our land protection needs.

That’s why we created the Conservation Capital Program, which is typically guided by scientific assessments, with a particular focus on forests, wildlife habitat, and water protection.

OSI awarded a Resilient Landscape Initiative grant to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, to support the “Everybody Hikes Mt. Major” campaign to protect 950 acres in the Belknap Mountains, NH.
Image Credit: Society for the Protection of NH Forests

Catalyzing conservation

Through the Conservation Capital Program we work closely with foundations to design and administer capital regrant programs, and with local and regional land trusts to structure and implement successful transactions.

Using objective criteria and external advisers, we work to direct capital to a mix of large, small, national, and regional land conservation organizations working to permanently protect open space.

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List of available grants and loans and deadlines here.

A Closer Look

Worlds Edge, NC

Conservation Capital

OSI works with donors and land trusts to facilitate conservation projects, by helping to structure deals and getting conservation dollars where they're needed, when they're needed.

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