of Parks and Lands administers state and
federal grants to provide services, resources
and personnel to nonprofit groups, municipalities
and other agencies. Grants are available
through the Bureau to improve and enhance
programs offered in Maine.
ATV use is becoming a popular activity in
Maine and around the nation. Grant money
is available to municipalities and registered
ATV clubs to help defray trail development
and maintenance costs.
Funded by the state gasoline tax, the Public
Boat Access grant program enables private
organizations and municipalities to acquire,
develop and improve local public boat facilities.
and Water Conservation Fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund
is a federal grant-in-aid program that provides up to 50% reimbursement for the acquisition and/or development of publicly owned outdoor recreation facilities. While the total varies year to year, on average $400,000 is distributed to recipients.
The Forest Legacy Program is a voluntary private land conservation program between the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, States, land trusts, private landowners, and others. The goal of the FLP is to effectively protect and conserve environmentally important forest areas that are threatened by conversion to nonforest uses. The program uses conservation easements and other acquisition mechanisms to protect these lands forever.
Trails Funding Program
Linking trails, acquiring easements and
maintaining existing trails are just some
of the uses of the Recreations Trails Program
funds. Each year the Division of Grants
and Community Recreation awards grants to
non-profit organizations, municipalities,
or state agencies.
Outdoor Heritage Fund
The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund conserves
wildlife and open spaces through the sale
of instant Lottery tickets. With proceeds
from ticket sales, grants are awarded twice
a year, totaling approximately $1.5 million
annually. The seven-member Maine Outdoor
Heritage Fund Board chooses projects in
four categories that promote recreation
as well as conservation of Maine's special
places, endangered species and important
fish and wildlife habitat.
Maine boasts a 12,000 mile network of groomed
snowmobile trails. As thousands enjoy this
growing winter sport, maintaining this system
is becoming more of a challenge for volunteer-driven
clubs each year. The Snowmobile Division
awards grants annually to help defray costs
to municipalities and registered snowmobile
clubs. Contact: Scott Ramsay by phone (207-287-4957)