The Network launched the Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund Program in 2019 to accelerate the pace and practice of collaborative landscape conservation and stewardship across the United States.
The Catalyst Fund couples financial support through a competitive grant process with an in-depth Peer Learning and capacity building experience. The Fund makes strategic investments in strengthening the collaborative capacity of place-based, community-grounded Landscape Conservation Partnerships. These investments are intended to better positions Partnerships to achieve long-term conservation and stewardship success, building in landscapes across the country the enduring collaborative infrastructure and social capital needed to address systems-level challenges like the biodiversity, climate change, and environmental injustice crises.
A portion of the Fund is dedicated to supporting Indigenous leadership in landscape conservation. Indigenous-led Partnerships focused wholly on sovereign tribal lands and/or focused on advancing and conserving Indigenous interests, territories, and rights across a broader defined landscape are encouraged to apply.
The Catalyst Fund operates on an annual grant cycle schedule, and the 2023 submission window has closed—we are pleased to announce 15 new grant awards to Landscape Conservation Partnerships from across the country. We anticipate the 2024 grant cycle to open with the distribution of an RFP in March, 2024.
Cover photo: Catalyst Fund grantees visiting the Jemez Pueblo during a peer learning retreat in 2023. Photo credit: Trees, Water & People.