CRI Assists NJ Pinelands Commission in Awarding Grants
The New Jersey Pinelands Commission established the Pinelands Conservation Fund (PCF) in 2004 to further the Pinelands Protection Program that had been in place for over twenty-five years.
Conservation Resources has been working with the Pinelands Commission to provide assistance with the Land Acquisition Program of the PCF.
Since 2007, CRI has assisted the Pinelands Commission with reviewing proposals and making recommendations for funding. A total of 30 projects have been awarded over $8.6 million in funding through the PCF. This has or will permanently preserve more than 3,710 acres of unique natural, cultural, historic and agricultural resources in the Pinelands Region of New Jersey.
The Pinelands Commission focuses funding on three distinct areas of the Pinelands:
In addition, the Commission has decided that the PC will generally provide grants not to exceed a maximum of 33.3% of the cost for the acquisition of the land or land interest. However, these grants cannot fund incidental costs associated with such acquisitions, such as appraisals, surveys, Phase I environmental assessment costs, and closing expenses. The Commission expects that most projects will be highly leveraged and involve several partners including the NJDEP Green Acres Program, counties, municipalities and non-profit organizations.
the evaluation process
The Pinelands Conservation Fund will be used to fund exemplary Land Acquisition Projects that meet the following criteria:
contact us for more information
If you have a project that meets the above criteria and would like to apply for funding from the Pinelands Conservation Fund, please contact us via email or phone. For more information on the Pinelands Commission's Permanent Land Protection initiative, click here.