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Eligibility and Requirements

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To know when accreditation might be right for your land trust it helps to understand the requirements for each step.

Registration

Registration is the first step in the accreditation process; interested applicants must register for a specific application round. Information on registration can be found on our website and on page 7 of the Applicant Handbook . Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the eligibility and registration requirements in order to proceed to the pre-application step.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be a U.S.-based tax-exempt or quasi-governmental organization that has been in operation at least two years, and
  • Applicant must have completed a minimum of two direct land or easement acquisition projects (note: accredited land trusts have all completed more than the minimum two projects).

Additional Registration Requirements

  • Applicant must have adopted Land Trust Standards and Practices, and
  • Applicant must have completed an assessment against the full Land Trust Standards and Practices (note: the assessment must be completed by the time of registration and may not be older than three years from the due date of the pre-application), and
  • Applicant must have adopted all policies required by the indicator practices at the time of registration (note: policies may be amended during the course of preparing the application, but the policy must be in existence before registering).

Pre-Application

At the time of pre-application a land trust must provide a detailed Land Conservation Project List as well as basic information about the organization and a number of required attachments. Applicants must demonstrate that they meet pre-application requirements in order to proceed to the application step. For more on the pre-application see page 16 of the Applicant Handbook and the pre-application itself.

Pre-Application Requirements

  • A complete pre-application and all required attachments.
  • In addition, an applicant must demonstrate the following at the time of pre-application:
    • That each conservation easement has a baseline documentation report.
    • That each conservation easement has a record of at least two consecutive years of annual monitoring or a record of at least three years of calendar-year monitoring.
    • That each fee property has a management plan or management summary.
    • That each fee property has been periodically inspected.

The Requirements Manual, describes how a land trust can demonstrate that it meets these pre-application requirements.

Application

The application is the culmination of a land trust’s efforts to complete the application questionnaire and gather all supporting documentation. Details on the application requirements can be found on page 32 of the Applicant Handbook and in the application itself and related materials. Applications that are not complete will not be accepted.

Application Requirements

  • A complete application questionnaire.
  • Evidence that the applicant is meeting each of the indicator practices by including:
    • All required attachments indicated on the Master Attachment Checklist, and
    • The project documentation indicated on the Project Documentation Checklist.

The Requirements Manual, describes how a land trust can demonstrate that it meets application requirements for each indicator practice.