QFF Grant: To support theBangor Land Trust Edible Landscape. The Bangor Land Trust will encourage healthy exercise and restorative ecology by developing permaculture on their preserves. This will help people from all walks of life deepen their relationship with nature by discovering the rewards of good stewardship.
QFF Grant: To support the Baby Roots Outdoor Classroom. Early and consistent opportunities for nature-based play helps set the stage for a lifelong commitment to being connected to nature. Baby Roots programs will cultivate tomorrow’s conservationists.
QFF Grant: To support Blue Hill Peninsula Connectivity. Funding will be used to match state funding for the South Street-Parker Point Trail. This is one of several trail upgrades to increase peninsula-wide community access and movement. These projects include rehabilitating existing trails which are physically and logistically challenging for a growing segment of the population.
QFF Grant: To support Recreation at Brunswick Landing. The former Naval Air Station has huge potential for community recreation infrastructure (trails and parks), and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is well poised to support recreational development.
QFF Grant: To support River Camp. This is a unique two week camp in Maine's eastern wilderness that has youth work on important conservation projects side by side with scientists and other conservation professionals. The campers also learn to work together as a team; do their own cooking and camp chores; they go on multi-day overnight expedition; and—they have fun.
Environmental Living and Learning for Maine Students
QFF Grant: General Operating Support for the ELLMS collaborative which in 2019 will provide general operating and programming support for the over 8,000 Maine students and 135 Maine schools. Funds will be used to directly support the residential environmental learning initiatives of each member and the coordination of the collaborative which provides research, professional development etc.
QFF Grant: Ellsworth Community Conservation. Funding will be used for Frenchman Bay Conservancy to provide organizational support to the Ellsworth Green Plan steering committee as they move from a planning to an implementation phase. They will catalyze new projects to support environmental health and human well-being in Ellsworth.
QFF Grant: Building the Capacity of Quarry Road Recreation Area. Funds will support hiring the first full-time Program Director at Quarry Road Recreation Area. This individual will work on-site, full-time, to carry out essential duties, from coaching youth in Nordic skiing in the winter to engaging Quarry's community partners throughout the year to restore and expand the culture of outdoor recreation in greater Waterville for maximum public benefit.
QFF Grant: General Operating Support for Run of River Whitewater Recreation Area. Run of River will be a whitewater recreation area in and around the Kennebec River Gorge in downtown Skowhegan that will include a whitewater park with three features; an estimated 50 miles of four-season, non-motorized trails on 300 acres in the heart of town; pristine ﬁshing waters with improved ﬁsh habitat; and a riverfront promenade. The work will involve permitting and constructing the first two wave features in the whitewater park, which is the recreation area’s flagship element.
QFF Grant: To support the growth of the Maine Environmental Changemakers Network, a program of the Maine Environmental Education Association. Changemakers is a youth-led intergenerational network that connects Mainers (age 15-30) from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about nature and/or the environment with peer and professional mentors, training, and the resources needed to implement environmental and/or nature-based action in their communities.
QFF Grant: To support AmeriCorps Outdoor Adventures. This program helps break down the barriers youth experience for having fun, positive experiences outdoors. Midcoast Conservancy cultivates skills and interests for an active lifestyle by providing recreational gear, instruction and passion to help reduce occurrences of obesity, improve mental health and connect kids to the nature.
QFF Grant: General Operating Funds for Sundog Outdoor Expeditions. Sundog Outdoor Expeditions is an after school program that promotes a healthy, active, and adventurous lifestyle through the acquisition of wilderness skills and experiences for youth in Midcoast Maine. General Operating Funds will help subsidize program tuition and provide scholarships.
QFF Grant: General Operating Support for the Katahdin Gear Library. After a successful Year One for the Katahdin Gear Library, funds will support expansion of their reach, increase student engagement, and hire student apprentices for Year Two.
QFF Grant: General Operating Support to continue providing and expanding a rich array of programs rooted in Wabanaki traditions. Programs are designed to enhance healing and strengthen our connection to Mother Earth.
QFF Grant: Community Partnerships & Outdoor Sport Training in Millinocket & Skowhegan. This project provides two rural towns with leadership and educational programs to grow their capacity for sustainable outdoor sport activities and an outdoor sport culture. Activities will provide more than 1,500 hours of facilitation, consultation, program development, and logistical support for Community Initiative partners and 300 hours of training and leadership development for at least 100 key individuals in five outdoor sports.
QFF Grant: General Operating Support to fund Pine Tree Camp's work to transform lives of Maine children and adults with disabilities. Pine Tree Camp provides barrier-free access for people to immerse in the outdoors, connect to nature and participate in all of the recreational activities for which Maine is famous.
QFF Grant: General Operating Support to work collaboratively and strategically to improve health outcomes, build public support for conservation, and build a sustainable economy by getting people outdoors and active.
QFF Grant: Organizational Capacity & Renewal for a Caring Community. Funds will benefit all three core programs in 2019/2020: Beauty Walks, Half-Wild Retreats, and Wilderness Trips. Funds dedicated to building organizational capacity will benefit Beauty Walks that lead to Half-Wild Retreats. Funds dedicated to the Renewal for a Caring Community Fund will provide scholarship support for individuals and organizations participating in Half-Wild Retreats and Wilderness Trips.
QFF Grant: Funds will support theHigh School Rippleffect Outdoor Leadership Education program. This program will be expanded into all three Portland high schools as an integrated semester-long program course offering for juniors and seniors.
QFF Grant: General Operating Support to strengthen land and water conservation organizations in Southern Maine through technical assistance, shared resources, and networking. SMCC binds organizations together for greater impact.
QFF Grant: Girls' Excursions Program. The Smooth Feather Youth Excursions Program is an after school adventure program where young people are immersed in the outdoors while establishing a powerful bond with one another. As the Boys' Excursions Program goes into its third successful year, grant funding will be used to make the Girls' Excursions Program a permanent feature of youth programming. The goal is to reduce barriers to participating in outdoor adventure by offering programs at no cost to participants.
QFF Grant: Funding will be used to support the Core Expedition Program. This Program, the heart of the Trekkers experience, leverages meaningful mentoring relationships between students and adults in the context of experiential, outdoor learning to cultivate the inherent strength of young people.
QFF Grant: To support UMaine's Outdoor Leadership Program, Mountain Bike Fleet, and Curriculum. The University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development has created a new Outdoor Leadership academic program. This program will develop students’ leadership skills, provide intensive training in both contemporary and traditional outdoor activities, and explore the interdisciplinary knowledge-base necessary to be safe and responsible outdoor leaders.
QFF Grant: Will be used for the Easement Exploration Series and additional outreach programming in western Maine. This will help increase the communities' awareness of the movement opportunities on conserved lands, as well as deepen their understanding of the natural systems that the lands support. The land trusts goal is to create a cycle of expanding engagement that builds Maine-based volunteers at all levels of the organization, from preserve monitors to board members, ultimately toward furthering the long-term environmental health of the region.
QFF Grant: To support a trail project seven years in the making. This project includes 5k of snowshoe and Nordic ski trails linking the recreational and educational assets at Roberts Farm directly to Main Street Norway.
QFF Grant: Funding will be used to deliver programs to kids at school, at home and in communities across Maine and New Hampshire - including the WinterKids App, the WinterKids Winter Games, the WinterKids Preschool Challenge.