Land and water conservation groups are well suited to apply for grants from MNRCP to restore and protect aquatic resources in Maine. Land trusts can apply for funding for fee or conservation easement acquisitions that will protect threatened wetland habitat. Acquisition projects that also include enhancement or restoration are particularly competitive. Land trusts are also encouraged to look for opportunities to restore or enhance habitat on lands they already manage, as these projects can be funded through MNRCP. Non-profits working to restore watershed health, or to re-establish connectivity for aquatic organisms, are eligible to apply as well.
Overall, MNRCP aims to restore and protect resources that best match the natural characteristics and values that were impacted through recently permitted projects in each MNRCP Region. Priority is also given to proposed projects that benefit habitat areas identified as priorities for land conservation or habitat preservation through statewide, regional or municipal planning processes. While no matching funds are required for MNRCP grants, financial leverage and other signs of project readiness and project sponsor capacity are considered as part of proposal review.
For a step-by-step guide to the application process please follow this link.
Examples of projects led by conservation groups that were awarded MNRCP grants:
- Bell Marsh Wetlands, York
- Montsweag Brook Restoration, Wiscasset & Woolwich
- Sebasticook River Conservation Acquisitions, Burnham & Unity