VOF opens 2020-2021 grant round for its Preservation Trust Fund with an emphasis on community-driven conservation.
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VOF launches program to increase equitable access to open space
Get Outdoors program will provide grants of up to $25,000 for projects in underserved communities.
Webinar recording for Forest CORE Fund grant round now available
The webinar provided an overview of the 2020 grant round, which is focused on community-supported conservation projects in nine Southwest Virginia localities.
Two VOF-funded projects receive Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards
Projects to restore Evergreen & East End Cemeteries in Richmond and create Hinchee Park in Roanoke receive silver awards in the land conservation category.
Dominion, Duke cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline project
The project, which was slated to cross 10 VOF easements, is scrapped by the developers, citing “ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty.”
VOF emphasizes community conservation in latest Forest CORE Fund RFP
$1,000,000 is being made available in the third grant round of the program, with eligibility requirements being tightened to reflect a priority on projects that benefit communities most directly impacted by the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
VOF allocates $750,000 for public open-space projects in 8 counties
From two historic African American community centers in Pulaski, to the site of the Urbanna Oyster Festival on the Middle Peninsula, the latest projects hope to expand opportunities for communities to connect with the outdoors.
Bull Run Mountains to reopen on June 19
Preserve will continue to require social distancing under Virginia’s Phase One reopening plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Culpeper project adds to site being studied for new state park
Easement along scenic river frontage at Rappahannock Station Battlefield provides permanent water access to the public for recreation and education.
VOF’s first project in Petersburg helps effort to build Appomattox River Trail
The Friends of Lower Appomattox River’s acquisition of 4.8 acres just upriver from Patton Park was supported by a $159,000 grant from VOF’s Preservation Trust Fund.