To support the Youth Initiative and Cultural Resource Assessment and Interpretive Plan. AWWF will kick off the first youth initiative with 50 boys and girls from the St. John Valley. The multi-day paddling trip on the Waterway is a cross-sector partnerships with an environmental stewardship and youth leadership curriculum. The Cultural and Historical Interpretation Plan will be used to to inform, educate, and inspire visitors about its outstanding historic, cultural, and educational resources.
CCLC was funded for general operating support which will be used to support their individual and community wellness programs which include:
• Health and nutrition in the interdisciplinary high school program • Organic community gardening, fitness education, education on insurance coverage and a new 2017 partnership with Washington County food banks • Improving the quality of teaching and learning in the TREE program
For general operating expenses including staff salaries and occupancy expenses while they develop and implement their 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. General operating support will help ensure quality after school programming that over 400 youth count on for social support, recreation, mentoring, skill building, and leadership development.
Grant funding will be used to support new and existing programming including a River Relay event to mark their 25th Anniversary. The top three objectives will be executing a River Relay throughout Maine’s ECG, connecting at least 50,000 Mainers to the ECG and their watersheds through first-hand activities and media exposure, and to involve organizations throughout Maine in a collaborative way that fosters a strong relationship and partnership into the future.
FARMS (Focus on Agriculture in Rural Maine Schools)
Funding will be used to increase access to sustainable eating programs. Specifically, the grant will expand their effort to reach significant segments of Lincoln County population that are not being served. This includes nutrition lesson/cooking classes at the community kitchen, nutrition lesson/cooking classes at schools new to their program, and they will provide cooking demonstrations/taste tests at Lincoln County food pantries.
Funding will support general operations for their work in Baxter State Park which is a destination for 65,000 visitors annually. Specifically, grant funding will support operating costs and staff salary to implement current programs and develop two new initiatives. The new initiatives include a two-year study of climate change adaptation and mitigation focused on BSP and Maine’s western mountains and the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps.
Funding for organizational capacity building, staffing and mentorship training, and supporting/extending the outreach of their Pathways to Social and Environmental Justice for Maine’s Indigenous Peoples initiative.
Good Shepherd Food Bank
Funding for Cooking Matters, the program established in Maine by the Food Bank’s president. GSFB recognizes that Nutrition education is a challenge in its fight against hunger and that it is essential to not only provide nutritious food but nutrition education must be incorporated to eliminate food insecurity in the long term. GSFB’s Cooking Matters program provides the vital educational component by offering free, hands-on cooking and nutrition instruction to low-income families and individuals throughout the entire state.
Funding will be used for Mahoosuc Pathways efforts to create the Bethel Community Forest (BCF). The Bethel Community Forest would become a community recreational hub for all types of trail users, providing a single destination that would create economic opportunity along with expanded recreational access. The town of Bethel owns Bingham Forest and Mahoosuc Pathways, along with their partners, are working to acquire land adjacent to the Bingham Forest and connect the two areas. This project represents the largest conservation proposal in Bethel, and will include both conservation and recreational goals with its acquisition.
Funding will support a capital campaign for a Maine Trail Center. This multi-purpose facility will consist of a main building, three crew quarters, and a maintenance facility/garage. The center will provide a permanent location for meetings and events, centralized secure storage for valuable tools and equipment, and a centerpiece for collaboration with other outdoor oriented non-profit organizations.
Funding will support the Appalachian Trail Maine: Next Century program, with completion expected by September 2017. The Next Century program is a three pronged approach to capitalize on large-scale projects which will increase protection for the A.T. in Maine.
Funding will support one of Maine Conservation Alliance's (MCA) new pilot programs to engage diverse audiences and build momentum for land protection and climate action. The QFF grant will support MCA's partnership with the nonprofit, REVERB, as the “lead” organization for all of the Bangor Waterfront and Maine State Pier concerts for the 2016 season. MCA’s Climate Action and Solar Power campaigns are being exclusively featured and promoted at every concert and their grassroots organizing and digital programs are engaging new contacts in the ongoing work to protect Maine’s land, water, and climate future.
For general operating support to 1) Improve the economic and community well being within two of Maine’s poorest counties by providing overnight visitors with enriching outdoor experiences. 2) Further address “nature-deficit disorder” by hosting youth overnights for school/youth groups. 3) Continue building the nature based tourism “brand” of the Maine Woods through media and regional/national shows.
To support general operations that will help expand their southern Maine program and support a portion of their other programs. They will use general operating support to hire a part-time events coordinator to host educational workshops, meetings and expanding their presence in Portland.
To expand the School Garden Coach Compensation Model. MSGN has found that the most successful school gardens have a paid garden educator who coordinates them. Given this information, and a successful first year pilot, they will expand to four additional sites.
Midcoast Conservancy received funding for their recreation hub project. The goal of the recreation hubs is to ensure that people in the Midcoast are within a 15 minute drive of affordable, high quality recreation opportunities. Using a community conservation approach they will: • Create Community Recreation Hubs at 4-6 locations to offer high quality recreation programs for youth and families • Purchase and make available equipment like snowshoes, cross-country skis, and mountain bikes • Design and build trails appropriate for multiple uses Amount: $29,000
Funding will support program implementation to expand their scope of work in Maine. Specifically, the Maine field coordinator will lead the Maine work with a stewardship crew of interns to provide training in hard skills and to teach leadership andenvironmental responsibility. The Outreach Coordinator will recruit participants for theNorthern Forest Explorers program which provides youth ages 10-14 five-day paddling trips that support outdoor experiences, leadership and environmental awareness. They will also develop a volunteer base to offer free volunteer-led paddling trips for people interested in exploring a new section of water.
To strengthen and build on the Summer Meals program in Maine. In Maine, one in four children is food insecure, and during summer months, many children are at higher risk of hunger because they do not have access to the nutritious food offered at school during the rest of the year.
General operating support to further expand the program by creating new orchards and adding support and educational opportunities to existing orchards. Specifically, funding will support staff positions to increase fundraising, and visibility and to enable more workshops, curricular development, and involvement in both new and existing orchards.
SMCC received funding to cover basic operation expenses including salaries, rent for the office, administrative supplies and expenses related to two meetings with the board. These activities directly relate to SMCC’s strategic capacity building based on newly clarified programmatic goals and strategies.
Funding will provide support for the Comprehensive Planning Costs for the River Bend Farm Project. This project will allow FBES to create a fully immersive, interactive, and “living” laboratory that models thriving human and natural systems. Completion of the Comprehensive Plan will show an annual net conservation gain resulting from their educational center.
Twin Villages Foodbank Farm (Fiscal Agent: Damariscotta River Association)
General operating support to assist with garden expansion and increasing storage capacity. This will allow TVFF to reach six total food pantries in Lincoln County and two additional summer meal programs for students. TVFF will continue to develop key pieces of farm infrastructure like a wash station, major barn repairs and distribution systems. Specifically, QFF grant funds will go toward staff support and early season supplies including seeds, soil amendments and greenhouse rental.
Women’s Health Resource Library WHRL, in partnership with Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), will use grant funding to support the development of Milbridge Commons. In 2015, MCHT purchased a 4.6-acre parcel of land, Milbridge Commons, which is within easy walking distance of downtown Milbridge. The goal of Milbridge Commons is to create a garden and park community wellness environment. The community park and garden space will be a place to grow fresh food for a community struggling with health issues related to hunger, food insecurity and poor nutrition. In addition to growing food, accessible walking trails and play space for children will encourage physical fitness and create a public space for community gatherings as well as natural areas for bird watching and quiet reflection on the shores of Narraguagus Bay.