Maine Appalachian Mountain Corridor Conservation Fund

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Summary

The Maine Appalachian Mountain Corridor Transaction Fund provides financial assistance for land conservation projects in the 5 million-acre Maine Appalachian Mountain Corridor (see map). The fund supports transaction costs associated with land conservation projects that will advance ecological protection or restoration. Transactions costs may include surveys, appraisals, legal fees, title searches, closing services, deed preparation, baseline documentation, initial management plans.

This program provides grants up to $25,000 for a non-profit conservation organization to cover all or a substantial portion of these transaction costs. Up to 20% of the grant may be used for staff time associated with the project.

The Transaction Fund was most recently supported by a generous $250,000 grant from the EJK Foundation in 2021. Previous funding was provided in 2017 by the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust ($100,000) and an anonymous donor ($100,000).   The Fund is administered by the Maine Mountain Collaborative and is available for non-profit (501c3) organizations who are working to conserve forestland with notable ecological, recreational, or forestry values in the Maine Appalachian Mountain Corridor. Preference will be for projects more than 500 acres, but lands with exceptional values of a smaller size will be considered. 

The EJK Foundation makes grants to advance landscape-scale conservation initiatives that enhance ecological values and feature sound plans for permanent protection and long-term stewardship.

The Maine Mountain Collaborative’s (MMC) mission is to innovate and accelerate land conservation in the Maine Appalachian Corridor. The MMC is a coalition of statewide, regional, and national conservation and forestry organizations bringing a shared focus and innovative financing to accelerate the pace and scale of conservation in one of the world’s most intact temperate forests. This includes increasing philanthropic support and conservation-minded investment through traditional and innovative approaches.

About Applying:

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis (first-come, first-serve) until funding is depleted, with an estimated 30-day turnaround for funding decisions.

Please contact Bryan Wentzell for more information.

Projects must meet these criteria to be considered:

  1. The project must be within or closely linked to the Maine Appalachian Mountain Corridor.
  2. Projects must permanently protect natural resource values and prohibit activities that would be contrary to the primary easement purpose of ecologically significant land protection.
  3. Projects must demonstrate how they will advance ecological protection or restoration. This could include for example ecological reserve components, require minimum stocking levels or other quantifiable exemplary forestry practice standards, or have tailored requirements for wildlife, fish, or plant habitats specific to the land.
  4. Eligible grantees must be 501c(3) organizations.

The following factors will be weighed for grant decisions:

  1. Documentation of ecological, recreational, and forestry values, and support of local communities.
  2. To what extent the proposed project will advance ecological protection or restoration.
  3. Acreage (size) of the protected property (500 acres + preferred)
  4. Adjacency to conserved lands
  5. Landowner donation value, if any.
  6. Matching funding secured for land value and/or transaction costs
  7. Likelihood of project closing (completion) within 12 months

Allowable Costs

Allowable costs are as follows: surveys, appraisals and appraisal reviews; attorney services to applicant related to the acquisition of easements; title searches, closing services, deed preparation, baseline documentation, mapping, easement and deed recording, initial management plans. Up to 20% of the grant may be used for staff time associated with the project.

Non-Allowable Costs

Costs that will not be covered by the fund are as follows: payment for the value of the land or easement; media, marketing and communications costs; on-site cleanup or mitigation, stewardship costs or endowment.

Application Materials: