The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership is a coalition of federal agencies, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations that works to advance mutually beneficial land-use goals in project areas known as sentinel landscapes. The mission of the partnership is to strengthen military readiness, conserve natural resources, bolster agricultural and forestry economies, and increase climate change resilience. The partnership accomplishes this by connecting private landowners with government assistance programs that offset the cost of sustainable management practices, conservation projects, or climate change adaptation measures.
The partnership awards sentinel landscape designations on a biennial basis. A typical sentinel landscape is anchored by at least one military installation; encompasses agricultural and forestry lands; and would significantly benefit from natural resource restoration projects such as water quality and quantity improvement, disaster risk reduction, or wildlife habitat enhancement. Sentinel landscape designations lead to a myriad of benefits for local partnerships, including funding to hire a partnership coordinator and priority consideration for certain federal funding opportunities.
How to Apply
All parties interested in applying for a sentinel landscape designation must complete a pre-proposal form and submit the document by 8:00 PM ET on March 29, 2021. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their pre-proposal within 60 business days of submission. Those applicants that submit the most promising pre-proposals will be invited to complete a full proposal. Applicants will then have at least 60 business days to write their full proposals. The partnership will announce final designations by December 2021.
Instructions for the 2021 application cycle, including evaluation criteria
Proposal form to be submitted by March 29, 2021
Federal Partner Fact Sheet
An overview of potential partner federal agencies
State Agency Engagement Guide
A guide to pursuing state engagement in sentinel landscapes
Application Help Session
Recording of the 2021 help session webinar
Any entity whose mission aligns with or otherwise supports the goals of the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership is eligible to apply. Examples of eligible entities include but are not limited to: federal agencies; state and local governments; federally-recognized American Indian tribes; for-profit and not-for-profit organizations or associations with conservation, agricultural, or silvicultural missions; municipal water treatment entities; water irrigation districts; and soil conservation districts.
The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership will be accepting pre-proposals for the 2021 designation cycle between January 26, 2021 and March 29, 2021. Partnership representatives will be available to answer questions about the designation cycle on February 3, 2021 from 1:00 PM ET – 2:30 PM ET during a live help session webinar. While a final due date has yet to be selected, applicants should expect to submit their full proposals around August 2021.