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About the Application

The application for accreditation (updated in 2014) is designed to gather information on how an applicant carries out the indicator practices from Land Trust Standards and Practices. The indicator practices were designated by the Land Trust Alliance Board of Directors and were selected to indicate a land trust's ability to operate in an ethical, legal and technically sound manner and ensure the long-term protection of land in the public interest. Click here for the full list of indicator practices.

Each applicant for first-time accreditation is required to submit a complete application questionnaire with all required attachments. The application asks for a significant amount of detail.

  • Applicants for first-time accreditation should carefully review chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8 of the Applicant Handbook to understand the process of accreditation and for specific instructions on how to prepare an application for accreditation. The Handbook contains all necessary information on eligibility and readiness, tips for getting started, how to complete the application, what to expect once an organization has applied, and Commission policies and procedures.
  • Applicants for first-time accreditation should carefully read the Requirements Manual for information on the elements the Commission evaluates for every indicator practice.

Please note that if your organization has a related entity, such as a supporting organization or an LLC, there is important information about the application for accreditation from your organizations. An organization should understand the application requirements prior to registering to apply for accreditation. Please read our fact sheet for more information. Application addenda are available in the Application Toolkit to the right.

Sample Documents

To help better prepare applicants for the process, the Commission released three sample documents you might expect to receive during the first-time accreditation process. The first is a sample agenda for the applicant’s call with the Commission review team; the second is a sample follow-up letter requesting additional information (this letter is typically sent within a few weeks after the call); and the third is a sample award letter to a newly accredited land trust, including expectations for improvement. These documents are not intended to reflect the length of actual call agendas, follow-up letters or award letters, but are intended to show questions, requests and expectations that have appeared in actual documents. View the sample documents (PDF):

  • 2015 Round 1 application due date: April 9, 2015 (pre-application due January 13, 2015)
  • 2015 Round 2 application due date: September 17, 2015 (pre-application due June 23, 2015)



Application Toolkit

To save these documents to your computer, right-click and choose the Save As option.

Note:  To view, right-click and save application PDF files to your computer, and to see “Working with Commission’s PDF Forms” for other tips.

Application Addenda for Organizations with Multiple Corporations (please see related policy for complete details)