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Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund (MOHF)

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Grants to Maine non-governmental organizations to promote the conservation of open spaces and wildlife. Applicants must contact the appropriate sponsoring agency and submit an application summary prior to applying. Funding is intended for conservation of fish and wildlife habitat and endangered species, conservation law enforcement, and the acquisition and management of public places. MOHF grant proposals must meet the Guiding Principles for the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund found in the MOHF Strategic Plan.

The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund Board will be guided by the following principles as it considers grant requests during the period of its duration, which is expected to be six years – through December, 2019. It will give preference to projects that most substantially accomplish one or more of these objectives:

  • Conserve the best of Maine's outdoor heritage and achieve outstanding natural-resource or recreational benefits;
  • Maximize degree and diversity of public/private partnerships or other types of matching funds. Funds are intended to support only project-related expenses, including salaries. 
  • Form alliances between natural resource agencies, interest groups and organizations based on shared visions and mutual responsibility. These groups and organizations could include Universities, Municipalities, Conservation Groups, other Not-for Profits, and For Profit Corporations;
  • Address natural resource concerns of statewide significance and/or broad geographical distribution.

Grant Categories: 

  1. Conservation of fisheries and wildlife, and habitat
  2. Acquisition and management of public lands, parks, wildlife conservation areas and public access and outdoor recreation sites and facilities. Land acquisition projects may involve a range of land types (eg. forestlands, agricultural lands, wetlands, grasslands) that support wildlife conservation and public recreation. 
  3. Conservation of endangered and threatened species
  4. Natural resources law enforcement and protection of public health.

For additional information about these four grant categories, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 174451

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only designated qualified Sponsoring Natural Resource Agencies may apply for a Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund grant. They may do so independently or in partnership with other entities.

The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund Board encourages non-governmental organizations interested in projects to contact the appropriate Sponsoring Natural Resource Agency.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicant must submit the Summary Application Form to the Sponsoring Agency Rep by February 1 for the spring round or August 1 for the fall round.

Grant application deadlines are March 1 for the spring round and September 1 for the fall round. Grant applicants must submit proposal applications through a qualified Sponsoring Agency.

Grant Proposal Submittal Schedule
- January 15 (Spring Round) and July 15 (Fall Round): Grant Applicant to contact Sponsoring Agency Rep.
- February 1 (Spring Round) and August 1 (Fall Round): Grant Applicant to submit one-page Summary Application Form to Sponsoring Agency Rep.
- February 20 (Spring Round) and August 20 (Fall Round): Grant Applicant to submit the full proposal and the Summary Application Form to Sponsoring Agency Rep.
- March 1 (Spring Round) and September 1 (Fall Round): Sponsoring Agency Rep will submit the full proposal and the signed Summary Application Form to MOHF.

Before applying, applicants should discuss their proposed projects with Sponsoring Agency to determine appropriate sponsorship and deadlines.

Proposal applications are reviewed and awards determined at the MOHF Board meetings which are held approximately the first week in November for the fall grant cycle and approximately the first week in May for the spring grant cycle. MOHF Board meetings are open to the public and grant applicants are encouraged to attend.

Projects with a cash match of 1/3 or higher are encouraged. Monetary match must consist of funds raised specifically for the project proposed and does not include salary costs of natural resource agency staff that are funded by the State General Fund. In-kind contributions that occur during the duration of the project will be considered matching funds. Proposals that are funded will receive funds according to a schedule determined by the Board.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Carol Gay, Secretariat for MOHF
(207) 458-8421

Qualified Sponsoring Agencies and Staff Contacts for MOHF Sponsorship

Baxter State Park Authority:
Marc Edwards
Telephone: (207) 723-9616 X 224

Maine Department of Marine Resources:
Rochelle Nutting
Telephone: (207) 624-6556

Maine Department of Environmental Protection:
Mark Margerum
Telephone: (207) 287-7842

Saco River Corridor Commission:
Dalyn Houser
Telephone: (207) 625-8123

Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry:
Tom Gordon
Telephone: (207) 287-4986

Saint Croix International Waterway Commission:
Heather Almeda
Telephone: (506) 466-7550

Soil and Water Conservation Districts:
Carol Weymouth
Telephone: (207) 852-8184

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve:
Paul Dest
Telephone: (207) 646-1555

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:
Bethany Atkins
Telephone: (207) 287-5878

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