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
The pre-proposal round for the 2021 Sentinel Landscape designation cycle is now closed. Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their pre-proposals by no later than June 11, 2021. Only those invited by the Federal Coordinating Committee should proceed with the full proposal round. The full proposal form and updated application guidance will be made available to applicants on this web page by no later than June 11, 2021. Please note that important changes have been made to the application guidance; all applicants should review the document carefully prior to submitting their full proposals. Completed full proposals are due to the partnership by 8 PM ET on August 31, 2021. While a final designation date has yet to be chosen, the partnership plans to announce its selections around December 2021.
Updated Application Guidance
Updated instructions for the 2021 application cycle, including evaluation criteria
Full Proposal Form
Full proposal form to be submitted by August 31, 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 pre-proposal round for the 2021 designation cycle is now closed. Only those invited by the Federal Coordinating Committee should submit a full proposal. Full proposals are due to the partnership by 8:00 PM ET on August 31, 2021. While a final designation date has yet to be selected, the partnership plans to announce its final selections around December 2021.
Points of Contact
All applicants invited to participate in the full proposal round will be assigned a partnership representative who will be available to answer your questions and provide guidance on your application when appropriate. In the event that you are unable to reach your representative, please contact Jaime Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org or Megan Dougherty at email@example.com.