PORTLAND & ELLSWORTH — The Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Land Protection grant program has awarded $250,000 to eight nonprofit organizations across the state. Launched last year, the program provides grants for land acquisition or land conservation easement projects.

The 2020 grantees include:

  • Downeast Lakes Land Trust, Grand Lake Stream, to acquire 2,025 acres in Lakeville to expand the Downeast Lakes Community Forest and create opportunities for outdoor recreation, sustainable forestry, wildlife habitat, and shoreline conservation
  • Kittery Land Trust Inc., to preserve 30 acres for use as an outdoor center for students, volunteers, teachers, farmers, and diverse members of our town
  • Maine Farmland Trust, Belfast, to purchase an easement on the new home of Liberation Farms, a cooperative farm led by the Somali Bantu Community Association and their members.

The application for the next round of Maine Land Protection grants opens June 1; deadline for submission is Sept. 15. Guidelines, application, and a list of recent grants are available at www.mainecf.org.

2020 Maine Land Protection Grants:
  • Blue Hill Heritage Trust, to conserve the Edgehill property and secure public access to the Mill Pond and 520-foot shoreline along Eggemoggin Reach in Sedgwick, for this and future generations: $50,000
  • Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust Inc., Cumberland, to purchase, protect, and steward Littlefield Woods, a 24-acre forested property in the heart of Chebeague Island: $15,000
  • Downeast Lakes Land Trust, Grand Lake Stream, to acquire 2,025 acres in Lakeville to expand the Downeast Lakes Community Forest and create opportunities for outdoor recreation, sustainable forestry, wildlife habitat, and shoreline conservation: $50,000
  • Kittery Land Trust Inc., to support preserving 30 acres for use as an outdoor center for students, volunteers, teachers, farmers, and diverse residents of the town: $32,000
  • Maine Farmland Trust, Belfast, to purchase an easement on the new home of Liberation Farms, a cooperative farm led by the Somali Bantu Community Association and their members: $20,000
  • Somerset Woods Trustees, Norridgewock, to support acquiring land connecting existing conservation lands and trails within walking distance for in-town Skowhegan residents: $27,000
  • Waterville Community Land Trust Inc., to acquire Kennebec River shoreline, provide access for a loop trail, and protect historic Franco River farms: $20,500
  • Western Foothills Land Trust and Mahoosuc Pathways, Norway and Bethel, to support acquiring 1,026 acres, formerly Chadbourne forests, in Bethel and Oxford within the Androscoggin River watershed: $35,500

For more information about this grant program, contact MaineCF Senior Program Officer Maggie Drummond-Bahl at 877-700-6800 or by e-mail at mbahl@mainecf.org.

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, Rockport and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personalized service, local expertise, and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.