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Updated: February 21, 2020

Maine Community Foundation awards $178K in land conservation grants

Maine Conservation Corps trail members at work Courtesy / Frenchman Bay Conservancy The Frenchman Bay Conservancy has been awarded a $10,000 grant to use a new tool to engage Ellsworth residents in discussions and intentional planning around growth, business, land use, housing and observation. Shown here are Maine Conservation Corps trail crew members at work on the Frenchman Bay Conservancy's Little Tunk Pond Preserve.

The Maine Community Foundation has awarded more than $178,000 in grants to 23 organizations for conservation projects across the state, the nonprofit announced on Thursday.

Recipients include the town of Grand Isle, awarded $10,000 to help fund the planning of a community nature conservation and outdoor recreation initiative. The Frenchman Bay Conservancy will also get $10,000, to use a new tool to engage Ellsworth residents in discussions and planning around growth, business, land use, housing and conservation.

The Fund for Maine Land Conservation seeks to support projects that encourage preservation of Maine’s land. The grant program has four objectives: help preserve traditional uses of land and working landscapes; provide for continued public access and recreational use; protect sensitive ecological areas; and promote greater appreciation of the environment.

Changes are being made to the conservation grant program at the Maine Community Foundation. The new criteria and guidelines will be released, along with the new application, by July 1, and the next deadline will be Sept. 15.

A complete list of all available grants and deadlines can be found online.

Full list of conservation grant recipients and amounts 

  • Biodiversity Research Institute, to engage local and conservation communities in implementation of a strategic conservation plan for one of Maine’s most unique ecological hotspots, the Lower Sebasticook: $10,000
  • Cathance River Education Alliance Inc., to plan and pilot family- and children-friendly, nature-based events/activities at the Ecology Center and plan a nature-themed day camp for April school vacation week: $3,800
  • Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust Inc., to complete three baseline documentation reports and two management plans for five new conservation projects CCLT anticipates completing in the near future: $9,300
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, to engage with Stockton Springs and Searsport for the development of a new preserve at Mount Tuck with over 100 acres of conserved land: $3,000
  • Crabtree Neck Land Trust, to fund a land management study of the Ball Field Preserve in order to steward it more effectively: $3,200
  • Downeast Lakes Land Trust, to expand the Downeast Deer Partnership, to improve forest management for white-tailed deer on 175,000 acres managed by the Passamaquoddy Tribe and DLLT: $10,000
  • Downeast Salmon Federation, to strengthen its public outreach and stewardship capabilities: $10,000
  • Frenchman Bay Conservancy, to use a new tool to engage Ellsworth residents in discussions and intentional planning around growth, business, land use, housing and conservation: $10,000
  • Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District, to increase organizational effectiveness through strategic marketing, income diversification, and volunteers, positioning the District to become a local leader in climate adaptation: $10,000
  • Mahoosuc Land Trust Inc., to engage facilitators to complete five-year organizational strategic plan and a geographically-focused strategic conservation plan informed by the organizational strategic plan: $4,800
  • Maine Island Trail Association, to expand island stewardship offerings to hundreds of new volunteers, in particular non-boaters: $10,000
  • Merryspring Inc., to purchase and enhance "Discovery Kits" for environmental education efforts: $2,420
  • Midcoast Conservancy, to transition to Blackbaud’s integrated finance and donor relations cloud-based computing platforms and improve the efficacy of finance and donor relations management and reporting: $10,000
  • Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corp., to design and develop a public park on the shore of Moosehead Lake in downtown Greenville with public docks and other amenities: $10,000
  • New England Music Camp Association, for the Community Trails project: $7,000
  • Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, to build a stronger future for conservation through national accreditation: $10,000
  • Small Woodland Owners of Maine, to professionalize land trust program by acquiring and administrating a forest inventory system to collect the necessary data to support and guide sustainable forest management: $5,640
  • Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative, to support planning year for Relearning Place Intensive Program, a semester-length program for emerging environmental leaders grounded in conservation and place: $10,000
  • Town of Grand Isle, to conduct planning for a community nature conservation and outdoor recreation initiative for greater accessibility and to secure funding for implementation and sustainability: $10,000
  • Upper St. John River Organization, to promote a deep appreciation of natural resources, including native forest biodiversity, water quality protection: $10,000
  • Waterville Community Land Trust Inc., to develop a comprehensive plan and develop a trail to open up the remaining park land for a wildlife park for the neighborhood and schools: $4,900
  • Western Foothills Land Trust, to support winter programming and to support construction of an ADA compliant entrance into newly expanded warming hut: $9,245
  • Women’s Health Resource Library, to offer year-round outdoor educational programming at the Milbridge Commons Wellness Park in collaboration with Maine Outdoor School: $4,800

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