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Each applicant for first-time accreditation is required to submit a complete pre-application questionnaire with all required attachments. The pre-application materials enable the Commission to verify that applicants meet basic program requirements before they submit a complete application. Data from the pre-application is used by the Commission to select projects for which the applicant will need to submit detailed documentation with its application. Applicants for accreditation submit a pre-application approximately 10 weeks before their complete application is due.

Click on the links to the right to download pre-application materials. See page 17 of the Applicant Handbook for complete instructions on completing and submitting a pre-application.


April 24, 2013: Pre-Application Materials Updated
The pre-application materials for accreditation have been revised. The revised materials must be used by land trusts applying in 2014 and 2015.

  • The pre-application questionnaire was revised to streamline the language and request information about lapses in inspections of easements and fee parcels (rather than requesting this information in the application). 
  • The Land Conservation Project List file was updated to force specific formatting for certain required dates.
  • The Schedule of Dedicated and Restricted Funds remains unchanged. 
  • Land trusts that are registered for first-time accreditation for 2013 round 2 and that do not have a copy of the previous version of the pre-application materials should This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • 2014 Round 2 application due date: October 9, 2014 (pre-application due July 15, 2014) – 32 slots will be filled via lottery registration
  • 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)

Pre-Application Downloads

Does your organization have a related entity, such as a supporting organization or an LLC? Then our policy  contains important information about the application for accreditation from your organization.

Pre-Applications Required for Organizations with Multiple Corporations: policy