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Maine Community Foundation’s Conservation for all Grant Program – US

Maine Community Foundation’s Conservation for all Grant Program – US

Deadline: 02-Aug-21

The Maine Community Foundation is seeking applications for its Conservation for all Grant Program to invest in organizations and projects that build strong connections between people in Maine and their land and water.

Maine outdoors is a uniquely special place, and they believe it is for everyone.

Focus Areas

Environment, Recreation, Sustainability

This grant program will give additional priority to organizations and projects that:

Have an annual operating budget of $750,000 or less
Engage a range of people within your organizational leadership including underrepresented people 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+.
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
Funding Information

Max Award: $15,000
Types of Funding

This program provides:

General support grants to conservation organizations (i.e., organizations with land and/or water conservation and/or protection included in the mission) for organizational programming and operational needs
Project grants to other organizations implementing conservation projects.
Eligibility Criteria

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)
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 with a fiscal sponsor that is an eligible organization.
Any eligible organization may submit one application per grant program, regardless of previous application history or current award progress.

To receive a grant, an organization or project must:
people and communities who will benefit or be impacted by involving them in the design, Create or facilitate access to and use of land and water, particularly for underserved populations. This means:
Taking specific actions to increase opportunities for those who are not accessing or using the outdoors by, for example, reducing physical or economic barriers, increasing awareness, or creatively encouraging participation
Engage implementation, or evaluation of conservation projects.

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.
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