Recent Grants: Fund for Maine Land Conservation

2016 Grants

  • Georges River Land Trust, to work with a consultant to facilitate a strategic planning process that clarifies programmatic focus, engages constituents, and guides organizational development: $7,500
  • Harpswell Heritage Land Trust,  to create a comprehensive development plan to help meet goals of the new strategic plan: $7,500
  • Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, to strengthen the trust through organizational development, outreach, and strategic planning: $7,500
  • Medomak Valley Land Trust, to strengthen organizational capacity in key areas of communications, donor management, improved signage, and a revised strategic framework: $6,705
  • Blue Hill Heritage Trust, to print a comprehensive guide to hiking trails, nature preserves, and public water access across the Greater Blue Hill Peninsula, including Deer Isle/Stonington and Bucksport: $5,000
  • Frenchman Bay Conservancy, to conduct a natural resource inventory and develop a management plan for newly acquired conservation land that protects wetland habitat in Gouldsboro: $5,000
  • Gedakina, Inc., to develop a statewide, indigenous youth-led environmental justice and stewardship cohort: $5,000
  • Portland Trails, to enlist community partners to help improve the health of critical habitat on the Presumpscot River Estuary: $5,000
  • Mahoosuc Land Trust, Inc., to expand the nature play program to fourth and fifth grades and re-establish a second-grade environmental day: $3,750
  • Somerset Woods Trustees, Inc., to increase public awareness and support for conservation in Somerset County; celebrate Somerset Woods’ 90th birthday, and enhance communication and member tracking: $3,500
  • Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust, to establish Appalachian Trail land protection priorities in Maine for the next 100 years of the National Park Service: $2,500
  • Maine Audubon Society, to establish four public demonstration forest sites for land trusts and others to showcase harvesting with birds and fish in mind: $2,500
  • Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, Inc., to complete preparation for land trust accreditation under the Land Trust Alliance: $1,300
  • Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, to coordinate application for reaccreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission: $1,000
  • Kittery Land Trust, Inc., to complete surveys of older KLT lands and easements to comply with Land Trust Alliance standards and be eligible for pooled easement insurance: $1,000

2015 Grants

  • Appalachian Mountain Club, to support the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend that celebrates being active outside in Maine: $7,500
  • Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, Inc., to complete preparation for land trust accreditation by the Land Trust Alliance: $6,500
  • Crabtree Neck Land Trust, to purchase a database product and receive training to more efficiently manage donor information: $571
  • Friends of Sears Island, to support the Sears Island Stewardship Land Management and Implementation Plan: Invasive Species and Sensitive Habitats: $6,450
  • Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust, for property planning, baseline documentation, volunteer training, and stakeholder outreach for two large conservation properties that will be acquired along the Appalachian Trail: $5,700
  • Maine Island Trail Association, for mitigating invasive species on Maine’s wild islands: $7,500
  • Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, to support the Sustainable Trails Project that fosters environmental appreciation by getting the next generation out on trails: $7,000
  • Snow Pond Messalonskee Lake Association, to support a pilot project that compares effectiveness of burlap to black plastic barriers in eradicating variable-leaf milfoil to preserve Messalonskee Marsh: $7,500
  • Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission, to create an interconnected trail system in York County: $7,500
  • Kennebec Land Trust, to support a community forest management planning process for the 164-acre Howard Hill property: $7,500
  • Trout Unlimited, Inc., to complete an analysis that identifies land conservation priorities for native brook trout habitat in Maine: $6,000
  • Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, to support an updated strategic organization plan: $5,200

2014 Grants

  • Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, Inc., for the Land Trust Accreditation project: $7,500
  • Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Inc., to support the Stepping into the Future project: $7,500
  • Friends of Baxter State Park, to support the Plants of Baxter State Park project: $5,885
  • Gedakina, Inc., for the start-up of Dawnland Environmental Defense, a Native American-led conservation and educational alliance dedicated to conservation and protection of the earth: $2,500
  • Mahoosuc Land Trust, Inc., for creating excitement to get out "on the land": $4,800
  • Maine Audubon Society, to support the Forestry for Maine Birds program to engage small-woodland owners and land trusts: $7,500
  • Mahoosuc Land Trust, Inc., to support strategic planning: $7,500
  • Maine Rivers, to support bringing land and water protection together: $2,500
  • Phippsburg Land Trust, to expand the organization's stewardship program by building year-round stewardship staff capacity: $6,000
  • Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, to complete the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practice program assessment and to develop a comprehensive development plan to support the five-year strategic plan: $3,500
  • Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association, Inc., to increase sustainability by merging five Midcoast land trusts into one: $7,500
  • Three Rivers Land Trust, to support a feasibility study for a 2,200-acre conservation project in western York County: $7,500

2013 Grants

  • Androscoggin Land Trust, to create a custom smart phone application that will enhance river- and trail-based recreation along the Androscoggin River corridor by identifying nearby trails and water access, presenting local history, and telling community stories via a virtual living map: $5,000
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, to increase public awareness and support for land conservation around Hurds Pond: $5,500
  • Island Heritage Trust, to increase the capacity of stewardship volunteers, staff, and community through training and a speech: $3,274
  • Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, for a strategic planning process that will chart long-range conservation of the Kennebec Estuary:, $6,000
  • Kennebec Land Trust, to support the land trust's 25th anniversary celebration: $6,720
  • Kittery Land Trust, Inc., to hire a consultant to facilitate a strategic planning process: $3,900
  • Mahoosuc Land Trust, Inc., to support strategic planning: $3,850
  • Maine Audubon Society, to support collaboration with the USFWS Gulf of Maine Program that will provide conservation organizations GIS information resources to protect fish and wildlife planning: $7,500
  • Natural Resources Council of Maine, to build and expand support for a new national park and national recreation area next to Baxter State Park: $7,500
  • Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, to expand membership in Greater Portland and the six communities the land trust serves: $3,000
  • Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association, Inc., to expand the 12 Rivers Conservation Initiative: $5,000
  • Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, to develop a business plan for a forest cooperative: $4,350
  • Western Foothills Land Trust, to support the Strategic Regional Conservation Planning project that will collate GIS data and develop maps to identify conservation priorities: $2,500

2012 Grants

  • Androscoggin Land Trust, Auburn, to work with the communities of Canton, Jay, and Livermore Falls in a visioning process for the creation and management of the 1,226-acre Androscoggin Greenway Community Forest, and to translate that vision to a framework of local/regional control: $7,500
  • Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, Belgrade Lakes, to support land conservation and stewardship activities including strategic conservation planning, community outreach, volunteer stewardship recruitment and training, membership development, and finance: $2,500
  • Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Blue Hill, to support a collaboration of three local land-conservation organizations to produce and distribute a peninsula-wide trail guide: $5,000
  • Loon Echo Land Trust, Bridgton, to formalize a collaboration with three other regional Maine land trusts to develop a strategic land protection and financing strategy: $7,000
  • Mahoosuc Land Trust, Bethel, to engage the full board of directors in the fundraising role of board members in the organization: $2,500
  • Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust, Portland, to support a pilot project to develop a methdology for determining, documenting, and prioritizing the specific conservation values of land surrounding the Appalachian Trail in Maine: $2,500
  • Maine Audubon Society, Falmouth, to recruit, train and support at least 50 volunteers collecting critical information on 30 potential IBAs (Important Bird Areas) that have never been adequately documented: $4,000
  • Medomak Valley Land Trust, Waldoboro, to expand membership and reach in order to build capacity for ongoing land protection and stewardship efforts: $2,500
  • Pemaquid Watershed Association, Damariscotta, to develop four management plans for PWA nature preserves: $3,000
  • Royal River Conservation Trust, Yarmouth, to amplify land conservation and public education goals by creating the Royal River Water Trail from Sabbathday Lake to Casco Bay: $5,000
  • Three Rivers Land Trust, Acton, to support a membership development coordinator for Three Rivers Land Trust and Francis Small Heritage Trust:$3,500
  • York Land Trust, York Harbor, to develop a five-year, strategic plan that is focused on partnerships and increased professionalism and effectiveness: $5,000

2011 Grants

  • Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Brunswick, to develop a stewardship plan and update information about fee lands and easements: $6,000
  • Forest Society of Maine, Bangor, establish a local presence in the Moosehead Lake region: $5,000
  • Island Heritage Trust, Deer Isle, to update and revitalize the organization's stewardship volunteer program: $6,000
  • Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Bath, for training, boundary surveys, and other stewardship capacity building activities: $4,000
  • Kennebec Land Trust, Winthrop, to write stewardship management plans for five properties that have high use and complex stewardship challenges: $6,000
  • Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, Gorham, to hire a stewardship project assistant to complete necessary documentation for the land trust's properties: $3,875
  • Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, Unity, for capacity-building support as the trust completes a merger with Sebasticook River Watershed Association: $7,000
  • Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, Montville, to enhance communication and member tracking to increase capacity for land conservation: $6,000
  • Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine, Augusta, to catalog its properties statewide in a geographic information system, strategically manage its forests and potential donations with a landscape vision, and share this knowledge with its constituents: $6,000
  • Sheepscot River Watershed Council, Belgrade Lakes, to survey the Dyer River Watershed: $5,000