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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Bicentennial Nature Trust > Application Application

Following these steps will help ensure your application is as strong as possible and maximize its chance of success:

  • Make preliminary contact with the BNT coordinator to discuss the project proposal and application process.
  • Approach the landowner. The project can only proceed if the landowner is a willing seller.
  • Establish a reasonable estimate of the purchase price. An appraisal is not required at time of application, but may be helpful in some instances. If the application is approved, the purchase price must be based on an appraisal by a Certified General (preferred) or Certified Residential Appraiser. The Professional Licensing Agency maintains a list of certified appraisers here.The cost of the appraisal and title work are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Line up matching funds. A “pledge” or letter of intent from the matching entity is sufficient at this point.
  • Approach the local Community Foundation and county officials to request letters of support.
  • Submit the completed application ahead of the quarterly deadline. Please “self-score” the proposal using the sample score sheet. Include a brief justification for the subjective components of the score sheet.

  • Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial celebration aims to honor our state’s 200 years of history, but do so in a modern way that engages all 6.5 million Hoosiers and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations.
  • The state has identified $20 million in state funding to support the Bicentennial Nature Trust and the Lilly Endowment contributed an additional $10 million grant.
  • In 1916, the State of Indiana authorized the creation of a state park system during the state’s centennial as a gift to the people of Indiana.