How to Apply for Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund Grants

Any entity interested in obtaining funding for a conservation or recreation project from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund must apply through one of 11 designated state Natural Resource Agencies.

Application Materials:

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For more information contact: Carol Gay, Secretariat, Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, 37 Wiscasset Road, Pittston, ME 04345. Call (207) 458-8421 or email

Deadlines for agencies to submit proposals are March 1 and September 1 of each year. Because agencies need time to review proposals before submitting them to the Outdoor Heritage Fund, Summary Information Forms should be submitted to sponsoring Natural Resource Agencies one month before those dates (February 1st and August 1st). Proposals must meet the funding guidelines for that particular agency as well as the Guiding Principles for the Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Proposals are scored based on how well they meet the Heritage Fund's Guiding Principles. Grants are awarded within three months of the application deadline.

Applications can be submitted under one of four different funding categories, with funds expended according to the designated percentages as required by the Heritage Fund law:

Fisheries, wildlife and habitat conservation projects (35%);

Acquisition and management of public lands, parks, wildlife conservation areas, public access and outdoor recreation sites and facilities (35%) (Unlike the Land For Maine's Future Program, the State must hold title to, or an easement on, any parcel of land acquired with MOHF funds);

Endangered and threatened species conservation projects (15%); and

Natural resources law enforcement (15%).