Earlier this year, we collaborated with The Trust for Public Land on their Community Futures Community Futures Finance Toolbox project. 

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Within The Trust for Public Land, the Community Futures program launched in 2016 to support local stakeholders and governments as they work to foster strong and healthy communities. 

We conducted research to learn how small and rural communities are becoming more livable, resilient, and vibrant. Our research revealed that communities of all sizes are utilizing innovative tools to leverage their natural resources into a prosperous and sustainable future. The report, Community Futures Finance Toolbox, is meant to be a resource for Intermountain West communities. The tools are divided into eight major categories:

  1. Traditional public funding sources
  2. Innovative public funding
  3. Impact investements
  4. Private Donations
  5. Real Asset Ownership
  6. Mitigation-Related Funding Sources
  7. Revenue & Cost Share
  8. Other Projects

We so enjoyed working with The Trust for Public Land to create the Community Futures Finance Toolbox. To learn more about our other projects, explore the Topos & Anthros Project Map

Photo credit: Farmland in the Haskill Basin foothills below F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co. property. Whitefish, Montana on June 23, 2013. Credit: Randy Beacham