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Maine Land Protection Grant

Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribal Governments, and
Schools to Purchase Conservation Easements and Land

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Maine Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Maine nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, and public schools to purchase conservation easements and land. Funding is intended for expenses related to the purchase, including assessments, legal fees, purchase price, and closing costs, as well as stewardship funds that are established as part of the purchase.


The proposed project must:

  • Create or increase permanent access to land and water, particularly to traditionally underserved populations (such as those with low incomes, disabilities, mental health conditions, limited English proficiency; people of color or racial minority groups; immigrants and/or refugees; and those who identify as LGBTQ+) and communities with limited conservation opportunities
  • Involve and have support from community members and interested stakeholders, (for example, other non-profit organizations, local businesses, and municipal officials or committees, etc.)
  • Include a vision or plan for the future use of the land or easement, including strategies to engage people and communities in developing uses and organizational plans to care for the land over time.


Priority will be given to projects that will benefit most or will be nearest completion with a grant from this program. This includes if the grant will:

  • Pay a significant portion of the purchase price
  • Help secure other funds (such as through matching grants)
  • Complete a fundraising campaign, or serve as an initial gift to kick off the campaign.

Additional priority will be given to projects that:

  • Benefit communities and the economy, including but not limited to:
    • Protecting and providing access to cultural resources and other resources valued by community members
    • Supporting agriculture, fisheries, and working forests
    • Creating or increasing outdoor recreation opportunities
  • Address climate change by:
    • Helping communities prepare for and respond to climate change
    • Reducing the impact of climate change on the communities and people who are most affected
  • Conserve critical habitat and sensitive ecological areas.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191650

Number of Grants:

Up to five grants will be awarded annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Max Award: $50,000

Term of Contract:

Understanding that many land and easement acquisitions may take more than 12 months to complete, completion of the grant report may be extended beyond this timeframe. However, organizations may not apply for another grant until the project is complete and a report has been submitted.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who is eligible to apply:
- Nonprofit, charitable organizations tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and also classified as an organization described in sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2)
- Municipalities
- Public schools
- Public agencies working for the State of Maine
- Indian tribal governments (or political subdivisions) recognized by the Department of the Interior
- Groups without any tax status may apply a fiscal sponsor that is an eligible organization as described above.

Ineligible expenses:
- Expenses already incurred
- Regranting to a secondary grantee through a competitive process
- Political campaigns
- Lobbying in the form of calls to action on a specific vote
- Religious activities, including, but not limited to, religious services, promotion of religious beliefs, or activities that are restricted to church or religious group membership.
- Staff time or other general operating expenses such as rent, utilities, or overhead

Pre-Application Information:

Application Opens: June 1, 9:00 a.m.
Deadline: September 15, 11:59 p.m.
Notification: By November 15

Eligibility and Grant Guidelines:

How to apply:

Conservation for All and Maine Land Protection Info Session:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Staff Contact:
Maggie Drummond-Bahl
(207) 412-0839

If you have additional questions please contact Amy Pollien, Grants Manager at or (207) 412-2012.

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