MLTN Infoline – September 15, 2020

L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grants

Applications Due: October 23rd, 2020
The L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program is the longest running grant program connected with the Maine Land Trust Network. L.L.Bean and Maine Coast Heritage Trust are pleased to provide grant support to Maine’s land trust community through this valued partnership, enhancing the capacity of Maine’s land trusts to protect Maine’s outdoor heritage and natural landscapes.
The purpose of the L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program is to provide strategic funding to Maine land trusts for stewardship activities. Projects that enhance public access to conserved lands, strengthen a trust’s stewardship capabilities, or facilitate preserve management planning are a priority.
Projects that meet one of these priority goals and also involve collaboration between land trusts and/or other organizations (e.g, other non-profits, municipal governments, schools, etc.) may be given special consideration.
Visit the MLTN website for guidelines, a summary of past grants, and this year’s application. 
Join us in expressing much thanks to L.L.Bean for this important source of funding!
WhitJeff, and Donna

Grant Cycle Open for Land and Water Conservation Fund

Earlier this summer we shared the exciting news that Congress had passed legislation to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). President Trump later signed that bill into law. Today, we are pleased to share that the LWCF 2020-2021 grant cycle is open and accepting applications for acquiring public land, developing recreation facilities, and renovation of existing outdoor recreation facilities from eligible applicants. 
LWCF grants can provide up to 50% of the allowable costs for approved projects. Qualified applicants must request a pre-approval site inspection by October 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. The maximum grant award for this round will be $500,000. There is currently no minimum award level, but applicants considering a request of $20,000 or less should discuss their project ideas with the grant manager before applying.
Learn more about the application process by visiting the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands’ Land and Water Conservation Fund webpage. Have questions? Contact Doug Beck, Outdoor Recreation Supervisor, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands at . Plan ahead to take advantage of this newly expanded funding opportunity!

MANP Connects: Nonprofits and the Election

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
12:00-12:45 pm
Interactive Webinar
Cost: FREE
Join MANP and fellow nonprofits for a noontime conversation with Maine’s Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap about the upcoming election and the important role nonprofits play in voter engagement. The webinar is free but registration is required. Visit MANP’s website to register to participate. 
Online course from Harbinger Consulting
Five weekly sessions, Tuesdays from September 22 – October 20, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 pm 
Special Price Secured! Maine participants pay just $260!
Understanding the range of economic benefits from your land conservation and trails program can help you expand your circle of allies and partners. Studies substantiating the economic value of trails, trail networks, and conserved wild and working landscapes can be useful in helping you make your case, but it’s even more compelling to speak directly about the benefits of your programs, your locally conserved lands, and your trails. Learn more about the course, cost and expectations here
Thanks to those who have made the commitment so that we could secure the lowest possible price. Please contact Donna to join the cohort! Sessions will be recorded.

Job Openings in the Conservation Sector

Looking for fall employment? These positions are available NOW. View the full list here.
Executive Director – Scarborough Land Trust
Grants Officer – Maine Farmland Trust
Development and Outreach Manager – Downeast Lakes Land Trust
Biologist II Forest Ecologist – Maine DACF, Bureau of Resource Information and Land Use Planning

Senior Watershed Manager – Midcoast Conservancy

Director of Education – Maine TREE
Associate Development Director – Western Foothills Land Trust

Papoose Conservation Wildlife Foundation Youth Conservation Grants

Application Deadline: October 1st, 2020
The Papoose Conservation Wildlife Foundation is unique in its focus on both wildlife science and children’s experiences in nature and seeks to merge these two goals with the aim of helping children become the scientists of tomorrow working to preserve wildlife diversity.
To advance this mission, the organization is inviting applications for its Children in Nature and Applied Conservation grants programs. Through the program, grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of two separate categories:
  • Children in Nature – Programs aimed at providing opportunities for children to explore nature or expand their appreciation of nature. Programs may include classroom learning but the majority of the program must take place in a natural environment. Preference is given to projects that connect children to less-recognized species or habitats.
  • Applied Conservation – Projects focused on free-ranging wildlife or plant species and that support the conservation of those species in their natural habitat. Work may include the protection of species and/or habitats. Preference is given to projects focusing on lesser recognized species.
To be eligible, applicants must be affiliated with a U.S.-based nonprofit organization.
See the Papoose Conservation Wildlife Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants

Application Deadline: October 1, 2020
The Clif Bar Family Foundation was established in 2006 to support grassroots groups with inspiring ideas and limited funds. Through the program, grants will be awarded in support of mission-driven organizations and/or projects that protect Earth’s beauty and bounty; create robust, healthy food systems; increase opportunities for outdoor activity; reduce environmental health hazards; and/or build stronger communities. Grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as for specific projects. 
To be eligible, applicants must be based in the U.S. and be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or have a fiscal sponsor with such status.
See the Clif Bar Family Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Maine Community Foundation Maine Land Protection Fund

Application Deadline: October 15, 2020
The Maine Land Protection grant program provides grants for land acquisition or land conservation easement projects that build strong connections between people in Maine and our land and water. The Maine outdoors is a uniquely special place, and we believe it is for all of us. All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s grant eligibility requirements. Grant awards will range from $25,000 to $75,000 for the purchase of land or conservation easements. 
Get all the details on the MCF website. Maine Indian tribal governments or political subdivisions are encouraged to apply.

Maine Community Foundation Conservation for All Fund

Application Deadline: October 15, 2020
The Conservation for All grant program invests in organizations and projects that build strong connections between people in Maine and our land and water. The Maine outdoors is a uniquely special place, and Maine Community Foundation believes it is for everyone. To receive a grant, an organization or project must:
  • Create or facilitate access to and use of land and water, particularly for underserved populations. This means:
    • Taking specific actions to increase opportunities for those who are not accessing or using the outdoors by, for example, reducing physical or economic barriers, increasing awareness, or creatively encouraging participation
  • Engage people and communities who will benefit or be impacted by involving them in the design, implementation, or evaluation of conservation projects.
All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s grant eligibility requirements. Maximum award will be $15,000.
Get all the details on the MCF website. Maine Indian tribal governments or political subdivisions are encouraged to apply.