Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund
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What is the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund?
The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund [MOHF] conserves wildlife and open spaces through the sale of instant, scratch lottery tickets. With proceeds from ticket sales, grants are awarded twice a year, totaling approximately $700,000 annually. Grant application deadlines are March 1 and September 1 of each year
The seven-member Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund Board chooses projects in four categories that promote conservation of Maine's fish and wildlife habitat, acquisition and management of special places, endangered species, and conservation law enforcement.
The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund has been helping to fund critical wildlife and conservation projects throughout the state since it was created by the Maine Legislature in 1996, in response to a grassroots effort from environmental and sportsman's groups.
Supported through proceeds from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Lottery Ticket, MOHF finds its funds lagging while grant proposals continue to pour in. Please help us spread the word about the MOHF scratch lottery ticket. The more tickets that are sold, the more projects can be funded!
Only the MOHF lottery ticket helps fund projects in our state to secure Maine's outdoor heritage for future generations. Tickets are available at most convenience stores, gas stations, and other outlets where Maine State Lottery tickets are sold.
Find a local sales agent here (PDF)! If you don't find it in your favorite store, please ASK the owner or manager to carry the MOHF lottery ticket.
For more information about the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and the Maine Outdoor Heritage Lottery Ticket, contact Carol Gay, Secretariat for MOHF, email:email@example.com,(207) 458-8421.
Grant Proposal Submittal Schedule
Before applying, applicants should discuss their proposed projects with MDIFW staff to ensure MDIFW is the appropriate State agency sponsor for your proposal.
|February 1 | August 1:||One-page Summary Information Form (PDF) submitted to the sponsoring Natural Resource Agency|
|March 1 | September 1:||Nine copies of your Proposal and Budget (PDF) (Excel) and one copy of your final Summary Information Form are due to Sarah Demers, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife 284 State Street Augusta, Maine|
|November 7, 2013:||MOHF Board meeting where proposals will be voted and grant awards will be determined
Location: Department of Conservation, Bolton Hill Facility, Augusta, ME
For more information, please contact Carol Gay at (207) 458-8421 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All MOHF Board Meetings are open to the public and grant applicants are encouraged to attend.
Grant Application Guidelines
A proposal must meet the Guiding Principles for the Outdoor Heritage Fund (PDF) to be sponsored and submitted.
It is highly recommended that applicants review the scoring criteria (PDF), grant application guidelines (PDF), and work with appropriate natural resource agency staff (PDF) prior to submitting their proposal.
Only Natural Resource Agencies may apply for a Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund grant. They may do so independently or in partnership with other entities. Title 12, MRSA c. 714, section 7781 defines Natural Resources Agencies as "state agencies, bureaus, boards, commissions or other instrumentalities having jurisdiction over the protection of the State's natural resources." For a current list of the known State's Natural Resource Agencies, see Attachment (C). Each year proposals submitted must be postmarked by March 1 for the first distribution and September 1 for the second distribution.
A complete application from a Natural Resource Agency includes:
- A completed Summary Information Form (as prescribed by the Board);
- A 3-5 page proposal that explains how the project addresses the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund's guiding principles, and includes the following:
- an identification of the fund-distribution category under which the applicant is applying; if there are multiple categories, please specify which one is most pertinent
- the stated objectives of the project and how they will be accomplished
- evidence of the urgency and need for the project
- literature cited, if appropriate
- the potential outcome of the project and how it will be measured
- the project timeline
- an itemized income and expense budget including any cash match and in-kind match (amounts raised or expected from other sources), and an explanation of how the project, if ongoing, will be funded in the future (see below for further description of cash match)
- A list of key personnel involved in the project including a resume of each (not to exceed 1 page per person); and
- If this is a collaborative project, letters of understanding between participating entities.
Funds are intended to support only project-related expenses, including salaries. Monetary match must consist of funds raised specifically for the project proposed and does not include salary costs of natural resource agency staff that are funded by the State General Fund. In-kind contributions that occur during the duration of the project will be considered matching funds. Proposals that are funded will receive funds according to a schedule determined by the Board.
A final report will be due within three months of the completion of the project. Annual progress reports will be required on projects that extend beyond one year. Final reports and progress reports will include:
- a review of the project's success in meeting the stated objectives
- a detailed accounting of how Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund monies were spent
- three color photographs or slides illustrating the project and its results
- copies of any press related to the project
MOHF Grant Application Materials
- Grant Application Guidelines (PDF) (WORD)
- List of Qualifying Natural Resource Agencies and Staff Contacts (PDF)
- Strategic Plan (PDF)
- Summary Information Form (PDF)
- Budget Form (PDF)[Excel]
- Scoring Form (PDF) used to evaluate proposals
History of the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund
Concerned about a lack of funding for projects that conserve the outdoors for Maine people and wildlife, the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine and the Maine Audubon Society joined forces in 1994 to address the problem. Their referendum campaign to establish a Lottery ticket dedicated to conservation was so successful that the Legislature implemented the program on its own, bypassing the need for a referendum.
Since tickets first went on sale in January, 1996, over $15 million in grants have funded over 600 projects.
MOHF Board Members
The Legislature created the seven-member board with three permanent members: the Commissioner of Conservation, the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Director of the Natural Areas Program. Four citizen members are appointed by the Governor to staggered terms: one from a state sportsman's organization, one from a state wildlife conservation organization, and one working in a field related to natural resources.
- Thomas Urquart, Chairman
- Jack Witham
- Peter Garrett
- Edye Cronk
- Walter Whitcomb, Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry
- Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
- Molly Docherty, Director Natural Areas Program
- Carol Gay, Secretariat