Partners & Supporters
Mary Farley Ames Lee left a modest operating endowment for the farm. In a good market, that endowment generates approximately $60,000 a year which covers the cost of a caretaker for the property, a small education fund, utility bills, and some maintenance expenses.
Longwood University Foundation, Inc., uses other sources to provide funding for an executive director, an educational programming and facilities coordinator, and limited office operating expenses. User fees from occasional rental of the residential buildings help to fund other maintenance costs.
Revenue Generated from Natural Resources
Some expenses are covered from use of the land. Leasing of the agricultural fields provides enough income to satisfy the local property taxes. Occasional timber cutting provides funding for facility improvements. When fully operational the wetland mitigation bank has the potential to generate substantial funding for the endowment and programmatic development. Wildlife habitat and conservation incentive programs that provide cost-share assistance are being researched to assist with implementation of best management practices, demonstration projects and educational programming.
Grants and Private Support
The Jesse Ball DuPont Fund and the Blue Moon Fund provided the initial funding for a feasibility study and subsequently a condition assessment of the buildings and updated survey of property. Funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment and the Chesapeake Bay Trust have helped to establish an award-winning living shoreline demonstration site. Relatively small grants from various private foundations, individual gifts, workshop registration fees and in-kind donations of time and assistance provide a base for programmatic development.