LLBean Maine Land Trust Grant Program
One of the most exciting things we do each year is administer the L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program. Since 2004, L.L.Bean has been a critical partner to Maine land trusts, helping MCHT provide nearly $350,000 in grants to 54 Maine conservation organizations! Funded projects have ranged from creating accessible trails to funding essential preserve management plans to supporting outreach materials and maps, and much more.
The deadline for this year’s applications is Friday, September 30th. You can view the guidelines, get a list of past recipients and their projects, and download the application at our website.
With humble thanks for our partners at L.L.Bean,
Whit, Jeff, and Donna
Important Webinars from Land Trust Alliance
The Land Trust Alliance offers webinars specially designed for land trusts like yours. In the upcoming weeks, they are presenting some important sessions. And don’t forget, your registration fee covers your whole team, so you can learn together!
Thursday, September 29th, 2:00-3:30pm – Indigenous Methods of Stewardship
Cost: $70 for members | $100 for nonmembers
Stewardship, land access and rematriation are all connected. Join experts from the Inclusive Community Cooperative to learn how your land trust can support Indigenous methods of stewardship.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2:00-3:30pm – Understanding Privilege and Advancing Equity
Cost: $70 for members | $100 for nonmembers
Rebecca Rodriguez, principal of For the Philanthropist, a company dedicated to working with social sector organizations of all types and sizes, will share practical tools to promote inclusiveness focusing on the things we have in common and ideas for community outreach. Additionally, she will provide simple steps we can all take to recruit board members, staff and volunteers that are representative of the communities your organization serves.
2022 Census of Community-Based Environmental Learning in Maine
Do you educate youth about their local environment and their community? If so, the Teach ME Outside needs to hear from you!
In 2019, Maine’s first Community-Based Environmental Learning report brought together key data about outdoor learning and environmental education efforts happening across Maine. Now they’ve launched a 2022 census to explore how the field has evolved.
Whether you are doing a lot of this type of education, or not much at all, your responses to this survey will provide valuable information about where Community-Based Outdoor and Environmental Learning work is happening, or not happening, which can allow those gaps to be addressed.
And, you could win some awesome raffle prizes, all while helping to further the state of education in Maine!
For more information and to take the survey, please visit www.teachmeoutside.org/census.
The 2022 CBEL Census is a project of Teach ME Outside, a joint initiative of Maine Math and Science Alliance, the Maine Environmental Education Association, and the Nature-Based Education Consortium, and is generously supported by the Elmina B. Sewall and Pisces foundations.
It’s Election Season, and MANP Makes it Easy to Get Involved
Election season is here, and it’s time to think about how your nonprofit will engage this year. While 501(c)(3) charities are strictly prohibited from engaging in partisan politics, nonpartisan does not mean nonparticipation!
Charitable nonprofits are excellent messengers for nonpartisan election activation and “Get Out the Vote” campaigns, and MANP has put together their Top 10 Things To Do To Get Out the Vote (and their top one thing NOT to do…tell people who to vote for!). Every nonprofit should be able to find at least one thing on the list they can do to help promote voter and civic engagement as part of your charitable and educational mission during the election season.
Financial Leadership Fall 2022
Six 75-minute sessions, October 12-November 16, 2022
Register as an individual: $95 for MANP members*, $190 for nonmembers
Register as an organization: $175 for MANP members*, $350 for nonmembers (invite as many people as you like from your org)
Made possible thanks to a partnership between Maine Association of Nonprofits and Montana Nonprofits Association
This six-week course will sharpen your ability to lead the financial management of your organization. From budgeting to cash management, cost/benefit analysis, and more, you will learn best-practice fundamentals to lead your organization with confidence. Additionally, you will be provided with a comprehensive set of Excel tools to simplify and enhance your ability to monitor, analyze, and report your financial condition. These tools, when combined with your usual accounting software, offer you the visualization and functionality of a much more sophisticated (and expensive) software.
At the conclusion of this course, Montana Nonprofit Association will host a free monthly affinity group Zoom meeting focused on discussing strategies to build a financial reserve in your organization.
Learn more and register at MANP’s website.
*Most MLTN members are MANP members. Contact Donna to check on your organization’s MLTN membership status.
How to Design and Facilitate Better Board Meetings
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Presenter: Andy Robinson
Cost: $75 for MANP members, $150 for nonmembers
The Randall Student Center Fireside Lounge, UMaine, Augusta
This in person session with our good friend Andy Robinson is sure to be a hit. Register early!
Are you tired of aimless meetings that don’t generate energy, commitment, or clear next steps? Learn how to make your meetings — especially your board meetings — more productive, inclusive, and fun. Through this webinar, participants will learn:
Come prepared to participate! Learn more and register at MANP’s website.
Did You Know? Independent Consultants List
Did you know that MLTN compiles a list of independent consultants who support the work of land trusts? This includes organizational development consultants, fundraising consultants, grantwriters, natural resource professionals, and more. You can filter for different categories and view additional information by clicking the green dot with the plus sign. Check out the list here.
MLTN also works with the Maine Land Conservation Attorneys Network to compile a list of Attorneys with Conservation Experience. Contact us to request a copy of the latest list.
Whole Kids Foundation Bee Grant Program
Applications Due: October 15th
Live Information Webinar: Thursday, September 29th, 6-7pm or watch the recording on the website
The Whole Kids Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded by Whole Foods Market, is dedicated to helping kids eat better and works to support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. In partnership with the Bee Cause Project, the foundation invites applications for its Bee Grants program.
The program provides educational beehives and bee programming support to schools and nonprofit organizations so students can observe bees up close and learn about the vital role these pollinators play in our food system. Recipients can apply for a choice of a monetary or equipment grant intended to support schools in bringing live bees to their campus or grow their already existing educational hive program. Recipients will receive grants options of a $1,500 monetary grant, an equipment grant: for an indoor observation hive, or an equipment grant: for a traditional Langstroth hive.
More information at the Whole Kids Foundation website.