TERRA Program

Program Overview

The TERRA grant program has been established by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation to administer funds resulting from legal and regulatory actions involving Virginia’s natural resources. It achieves this largely through grant programs.

Like all programs at VOF, TERRA is subject to high standards of transparency and accountability through Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act. All of our work is reported annually to the Virginia General Assembly and overseen by a seven-member board of trustees appointed by the Office of the Governor.

As a public foundation, VOF is a natural fit for administering these types of funds. Since its creation by the Virginia legislature in 1966, VOF has protected more than 825,000 acres of open space for public benefit across 109 counties and cities. We have longstanding partnerships with state and federal conservation agencies, local governments, planning offices, and private nonprofits. Many of VOF’s policies and practices have been adopted by other conservation programs in Virginia and beyond. Since 1997, we have administered millions of dollars in grants through our Preservation Trust Fund, and we also operate several large open-space reserves. Our decades of experience managing one of the largest and most diverse conservation portfolios in the nation demonstrates our results-oriented, highly efficient approach to getting good conservation done.

Current Funding Opportunities
Forest CORE Fund (Mountain Valley Pipeline Region) (RFP Active)

This fund was established in June 2018 using $15 million from a mitigation agreement between the Commonwealth of Virginia and Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, which was signed in December 2017. Its purpose is to mitigate forest fragmentation that results from the clearing and grubbing activities along the pipeline’s 303-mile right-of-way through Virginia.

Grants will be used for projects that mitigate for forest fragmentation by preserving, connecting and enhancing forest resources. An initial grant round was announced in August 2018, with a project selection date of December 2018. Click here for more information about this fund, including the Request for Proposals and application form.

Forest CORE Fund (Atlantic Coast Pipeline Region) (RFP Pending)

This fund will be established in early 2019 using $24,650,000 from a mitigation agreement between the Commonwealth of Virginia and Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, which was signed in December 2017. Its purpose is to mitigate forest fragmentation that results from the clearing and grubbing activities along the pipeline’s 600-mile right-of-way through Virginia.

Grants will be used for projects that mitigate for forest fragmentation by preserving, connecting and enhancing forest resources. An initial grant round will be announced in 2019.