The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry administers state and federal grants to provide services, resources and personnel to nonprofit groups, municipalities and other agencies.

Grant Programs

Grant Name Grant Purpose DACF Bureau
Dairy Improvement Fund Open to Maine farms engaged in the commercial production of cow milk or cow milk products. Offers a loan for 75% or 90% of the total cost of a project to make capital improvements that will maintain and enhance the viability the dairy farm and/or dairy enterprise. Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources
Land for Maine's Future Provides funding for eligible properties that offer superior value for conservation, recreation, agricultural, commercial fishing, or provide needed access to Maine waters. Bureau of Resource Information and Land Use Planning
Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund Provides funds to conserve wildlife and open spaces through the sale of instant lottery tickets. The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund Board chooses projects that promote recreation as well as conservation of Maine's special places, endangered species and important fish and wildlife habitat. Commissioner's Office
Coastal Communities Grant Funds planning, development of regulatory and non-regulatory policies and programs, project implementation, and outreach. Funds may not be used for land acquisition or construction. Bureau of Resource Information and Land Use Planning
Agricultural Development Grant This program provides cost share grants to conduct Market Promotion, Market Research and Development, Value-Added Processing and New technology Demonstration projects. Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources
Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund Offers a loan for either 75% or 90% of the total cost of a project for capital improvements for the business. At a favorable 5% interest rate, this program can help save money for agricultural enterprises making improvements. Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources
Farm to School Program Helps coordinate activities between the Department of Education and Maine Farm to School workgroup to support education of students in agricultural programs, including gardening, greenhouse development, production technology and marketing. Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources
Farms for the Future Program Provides selected farms with business planning assistance and investment support to improve viability and profitability of your farm. Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources
Potato Marketing Improvement Fund Provides financing to potato growers and packers to construct modern storages, modernize existing storages, and purchase packing lines as part of the industry's plan to improve the quality and marketing of Maine potatoes. Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources
Rural Rehabilitation Trust Fund Dedicated revenue fund to provide scholarships for farm families to assist their children in attending college. Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources
USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Funds market research, market promotion and new technology projects specifically to benefit specialty crop producers. Grants are typically provided to projects that help a number of businesses rather than individual businesses. Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources
Federal Excess Property Program The Maine Forest Service acquires Federal Excess Property such as vehicles, generators, pumps or trailers at little or no coast, and loans this property to municipalities for forest fire suppression purposes. Bureau of Forestry
Project Canopy Awards grants to state, county, and municipal governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations for developing and implementing shade tree and community forestry projects and programs. Bureau of Forestry
Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program Formerly known as the Rural Community Fire Protection Program. Annually, federal funds are appropriated to assist towns with the purchase of forest fire equipment or to provide forest fire training. Grants require that towns match the grant funds dollar for dollar. Bureau of Forestry
WoodsWISE Incentives Helps Maine's family wood land owners make informed decisions based on stewardship principles about their forests, and thereby encourage the long-term sustainability of Maine's forests. Woodland owners with between 10 and 1000 wooded acres are eligible to apply for cost-share assistance to work with a Stewardship Forester to develop a Stewardship forest management plan. Bureau of Forestry
ATV Grants The ATV Program awards grants annually to help defray ATV trail construction, development, and maintenance costs to municipalities and registered ATV clubs. Bureau of Parks and Lands
Boating Facilities Fund Enables private organizations and municipalities to acquire, develop and improve local public boat facilities. Bureau of Parks and Lands
Community Recreation Grants In addition to responsibilities regarding federal and state grant programs, we serve as a resource for Maine cities and towns in matters related to community recreation. Bureau of Parks and Lands
Land and Water Conservation Fund Assists federal, state and local governments in the acquisition and/or development of public outdoor recreation facilities. Bureau of Parks and Lands
Maine Trails Fund/Recreational Trails 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. Bureau of Parks and Lands
Snowmobile Grants The Snowmobile Division awards grants annually to help defray trail construction, maintenance, and equipment costs to municipalities and registered snowmobile clubs. Bureau of Parks and Lands
Food Farm Access Program The Maine Farm Food Access Program reimburses farms and farmers’ markets for new wireless electronic benefits transfer (EBT) machines and associated fees to process USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) transactions. Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources
Logging and Forestry Education Grant Given the importance of a skilled logging workforce to the sustainable harvest of timber from Maine’s Public Reserved Lands, the purpose of this logging and forestry education grant program is to assist in the development of logging professionals. Bureau of Parks and Lands
Harbor Management and Access Grant for Coastal Waters and Great Ponds Provides grants up to $15,000 to fund engineering, construction or reconstruction of publicly owned access facilities to coastal waters and Great Ponds. Bureau of Parks and Lands