MLTN Infoline – August 13, 2020

Exciting Grant Announcements from Maine Community Foundation

Maine Community Foundation (MCF) has long been a critical partner in funding land conservation efforts in the state. Now, at this time of great uncertainty and financial challenge, they are pivoting to offer two new grant programs that land trusts should consider:
MCF has designed these programs to address the greatest needs and ensure they are not burdensome and are available to all. Information sessions are being planned for September, to provide more detail and guidance for potential applicants. Stay tuned for more info.
We are truly grateful to MCF and their continued support of access to Maine outdoors for all people.
Hope you have a safe and happy end-of-summer,
WhitJeff, and Donna

Announcing Second Cohort of First Light Learning Journey

September 2020 – June 2021
First Light, an ongoing collaboration between the conservation community and Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet and Micmac Communities, is currently accepting commitment letters from private and public land-holding entities and entities that work closely with them to join the second cohort of their Learning Journey until September 15th. The goals of the Learning Journey are to build awareness and understanding about Indigenous land loss, to develop and practice equitable principles for Native engagement, and to create new tools to share land and resources. Another significant goal of the Learning Journey is to broaden and increase the number of groups who might be willing and able to step up to facilitate or convey access rights, to organize the repatriation of land, and to work alongside Wabanaki Tribal communities in acquiring new lands. To better understand the scope of what will be covered by this program, you can check out the Learning Journey program curriculum.
Per request of Wabanaki participants in First Light, members of this cohort need to demonstrate and express documented organizational commitment to the journey. The level of commitment needed to continue to make this Journey effective is high: 1) an organizational commitment letter, similar to this example, the 2) designation of 2 people from your organization (preferably one a senior staff member and the other a board member), and the 3) commitment from them that they will participate in all of the core programs throughout the year. Read more about the process of commitment here, or email  with any questions you may have.
Deadline to send commitment letter: September 15th, 2020

Reminder: Maine Nonprofit Wage and Benefit Survey

Deadline to participate: August 21, 2020
We know summer is busy but we hope you’ll take a few minutes to help out and respond to MANP’s biennial survey of nonprofit wages and benefits.
This year, the survey will collect vital data about the impacts of the pandemic on nonprofit staffing, wages and benefits, and will provide valuable insights into how executive director wages compare by both race and gender. 
Participating MANP members earn a free copy of the report. (Participating non-members save 50%.) Get started at 

“Beyond Statements” Monthly Call on Advancing Equity and Justice in Our Organizations

Fourth Tuesday of every month at 3:00 pm
Open to all, registration required
Many organizations are digging in to exploring issues of equity, justice, race, and access to the outdoors for all, within their community and in their work. You are invited to join these monthly calls, hosted and facilitated by the Maine Environmental Changemakers, the Maine Environmental Education Association, and Deb Bicknell, to share that journey with other land trusts and environmental organizations in Maine. There’s no cost to participate but you are required to register. If you have questions or would like to learn more about the calls or the Changemakers, feel free to contact Hadley Couraud, Conservation Coordinator for Loon Echo Land Trust and Western Foothills Land Trust, who is part of the Changemaker network and on the MEEA Board, by email or phone (517-582-8415).

To register and participate in the Zoom calls, register here

Farms for the Future

Skill-Building Workshop Series for Municipalities, Land Trusts, and Non-Profits
Various dates in August and September, 2020
Cost: Free
This five-part, free workshop series for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont will provide introductory level workshops to offer skill-building resources, guidance, and networking to municipalities, land trusts, and organizations interested in protecting more farmland, increasing land access for farmers, building climate resiliency, planning for agriculture, and advancing land justice. Participants will hear from local and regional experts and professionals in the field, including farmers, planners, land trusts, policy makers, scientists, and land justice advocates. Workshops will be highly interactive and limited to 30 people to facilitate networking and dialogue. 
Workshops will focus on: Supporting and Sustaining Farms, Farmers, and Farmland in your Community; Strategies and Tools for Farm Protection; Solar Siting and Farmland: Siting Options and Considerations; Strategies and Tools for Making Farmland Available to Farmers; and Tools and Resources for Supporting Black, Indigenous, and Farmers of Color in Your Community.
Learn more and register here. Special thanks to Jane’s Trust for their support of this event.

Job Openings in the Conservation Sector

Looking for fall employment? These part and full-time positions are available NOW. View the full list here.
Stewardship Coordinator – Falmouth Land Trust
Climate Change Mover and Shaker (contract position) – KCI
Administrative Assistant – Georges River Land Trust
Land Stewardship Technician – Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Office Manager – National Estuarine Research Reserve Association

Digital & Distance Learning Grants from CBEP

Application Deadline: Monday, August 24, 2020
In an effort to provide school educators, non-profit environmental educators, science communicators & others more tools for carrying out their work from home through these challenging times, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership is offering a small grants ($500-1,000) program for creative tools for digital and distance learning. The final products would be transferable K-12 lessons or materials that focus on the Casco Bay estuary and watershed topics, such as those found in the Casco Bay Plan.
Fundable projects include but are not limited to: 
  • Creation or modification of a virtual K-12 Casco Bay estuary lesson plan that adheres to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) o Incorporating NGSS standards into outdoor activities for students to do independently. 
  • Creation or modification of a Casco Bay “toolkit” or other transferable package for educators 
  • Place-based field lessons for parents and educators 
  • Creation of a fact sheet, infographics, or other digital resources that could be shared 
Based on input received, the following formats have been identified as most useful for educators and communicators at this time: 
  • Videos 
  • Hands-on activities 
  • Livestreams with professionals 
  • Interactive websites 
  • Of less interest, but still useful are static materials, such as reading materials and worksheets 
School educators provided input to a related survey that Google Classroom is the go-to format and that products should be shareable in that platform
For more information, visit CBEP’s website. Questions? Email Victoria Boundy