Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund

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

.Stinkin' Rich Ticket

Didn’t Win?
MOHF Stinkin’ Rich is having a second chance drawing!
Mail your losing tickets to:
37 Wiscasset Rd,
Pittston, ME 04345
and your name may be drawn for a chance to win 25 more tickets!
(winner to be drawn at MOHF board meeting – no need to be present)

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 and let them know of the great projects the MOHF ticket funds.  Also, agents get an additional commission on their MOHF ticket sales!

For more information about the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and the Maine Outdoor Heritage Lottery Ticket, contact Carol Gay, Secretariat for MOHF, email:,(207) 458-8421.

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Grant Proposal Submittal Schedule

Before applying, applicants should discuss their proposed projects with Sponsoring Agency to determine appropriate sponsorship and deadlines.

February 1 | August 1: One-page Summary Application Form submitted to the sponsoring Qualified Sponsoring Agency.
March 1 | September 1: Nine copies of your Proposal and (Budget (PDF) (Excel) and one copy of your final Summary Application Form are due to Qualified Sponsoring Agency.
May 14, 2015: MOHF Board meeting where proposals will be voted and grant awards will be determined
Location: Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, 2870 North Belfast Avenue, Augusta, ME 04330.
For more information, please contact Carol Gay at (207) 458-8421 or
All MOHF Board Meetings are open to the public and grant applicants are encouraged to attend.

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Grant Application Guidelines

  • Grant Applicants must review the MOHF Grant Application Guidelines prior to submitting a grant application and obtain sponsorship from a Qualified Sponsoring Agency.

  • Only designated Qualified Sponsoring Agencies may submit a proposal for a Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund grant.  They may do so independently or in partnership with other entities. 
  • Proposals must meet the Guiding Principles for the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund found in the MOHF Strategic Plan.
  • Summary Application Forms are due to Qualified Sponsoring Agencies by February 1st for the first grant cycle and September 1st for the second grant cycle.

  • There are two grant funding cycles per year.  MOHF requires that nine copies of submitted proposals be postmarked by March 1 for the first grant cycle and September 1 for the second grant cycle.

    Qualified Sponsoring Agencies and Staff Contacts for MOHF Sponsorship

Baxter State Park Authority
Jean Hoekwater
Telephone: (207) 723-9616

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Sarah Demers
Telephone: (207) 287-5497

Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Mark Margerum
Telephone: (207) 287-7842

Maine Department of Marine Resources
Rochelle Nutting
Telephone: (207) 624-6556

Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Caldwell Jackson
Telephone: (207) 287-9072

Saco River Corridor Commission
Dennis Finn
Telephone: (207) 625-8123

Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Tom Gordon
Telephone: (207) 878-0857

Saint Croix International Waterway Commission
Abby Pond
Telephone: (506) 466-7550

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Paul Dest
Telephone: (207) 646-1555

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MOHF Grant Application Materials

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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.

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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.

Board Members