Recent Grants: Fund for Maine Land Conservation

2017 Grants

  • Appalachian Mountain Club, for the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, a biannual series led by outdoor-oriented organizations celebrating the “how, where, and what” of being outside in Maine: $4,000
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, to invest in restructuring the organization and management of a donor and volunteer database and document storage system for shared organizational materials, archives, and photographs: $5,000
  • Ecology Education, Inc., to conduct a natural resources inventory to establish baseline data to track how human activity at River Bend Farm impacts the overall ecological health of the property: $5,000
  • Forest Society of Maine, to undertake due diligence to assess how a proposed conservation easement project can best benefit the Fish River Chain of Lakes region: $7,500
  • Friends of Devil's Head, to provide a design to construct and maintain a wooden platform at Devil's Head that will provide a lookout for St. Croix Island: $1,000
  • Island Heritage Trust, to demolish and remove a dilapidated house for the safety of visitor access to a new preserve: $5,000
  • Maine Island Trail Association, to ensure that more youth can experience, and in turn care for, Maine's wild islands: $5,072
  • Midcoast Conservancy, for the integration of the Medomak Valley Land Trust into Midcoast Conservancy in 2018: $7,500
  • Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative (SMCC), to build the SMCC Board capacity and community and SMCC's impact through its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Project: $7,500
  • Snow Pond Messalonskee Lake Association, to expand its effort in the Messalonskee Marsh with burlap benthic (bottom) barriers and manual harvesting of invasive aquatic species: $7,215
  • The Conservation Fund, to coordinate partnerships with five organizations to protect 18,840 acres for wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and economic development for communities of Hancock and Washington counties: $5,000
  • The Trust for Public Land, to help Bethel residents acquire land to create a community-owned forest for close-to-home recreation and connection to nature: $3,500
  • Three Rivers Land Trust, to integrate its strategic conservation plan with its organizational strategic plan to create a road map for the next three to five years: $6,350

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