We excel at building partnership and achieving real and lasting benefits.
OSI seeks to accelerate the rate and effectiveness of conservation by providing grants and short-term, low-cost bridge loans for land transactions in selected landscapes in the eastern United States and Canada.
What We Do
We help land trusts protect preserves and parks, as well as community forests. We support land conservation projects that provide critical wildlife habitat, safeguard clean water, enhance recreational access, bolster local communities, and sustain people and wildlife despite an unpredictable climate.
Since 2001, CCP has made $136 million in grants and loans, in 13 states and three Canadian provinces.
Where We Work
OSI currently administers seven conservation grant programs: the Bayshore-Highlands Fund, the Community Forest Fund, the Delaware River Watershed Protection Fund, the Resilient Landscapes Fund, the Southern Cumberland Land Protection Fund, and the Transborder Fund. OSI also administers Sweet Water Trust grants to conserve land safeguards wild lands and waters.
OSI works closely with foundations to design and administer capital regrant programs, and with land trusts to structure and implement successful transactions. Using objective criteria, competitive programs, and expert advisors, we direct funding to a mix of large and small, national and regional land conservation organizations working to permanently protect open space.