2018 Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant
As of Friday, March 10th all documents and dates associated with the Maine Land and Water Conservation Fund program have been updated. The next grant application round is now officially open!
The purpose of this site inspection is to evaluate whether the site is eligible for funding assistance. During this on site meeting we will also discuss the proposed work and long term commitments of accepting LWCF assistance. For communities with existing LWCF assisted sites, we will also discuss any compliance issues that may exist with these as they may affect the eligibility to apply for this funding.
Any community interested in applying for LWCF assistance must first request a pre-approval site inspection. The link to the request form is on the department's LWCF grant website, but for your convenience you can access that form by clicking on this link.
2018 Recreational Trails Program Grant Open
The next round of RTP grants is now open and all information and documents on the grant website are up to date and ready for your use.
RTP funds are available to municipalities, other qualified sub-divisions of state government and to qualified non-profit organizations under guidelines established by the Bureau of Parks and Lands in conjunction with the Maine Trails Advisory Committee.
Eligible projects may include:
- Maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails.
- Development and rehabilitation of trail side and trailhead facilities and trail linkages for recreational trails.
- Construction of new recreational trails.
- Acquisition of easements or fee simple title to property for recreational trails or recreational trail corridors.
- Operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection as those objectives relate to use of recreational trails.
RTP is a reimbursement program providing up to 80% of eligible project costs.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension program has put together a handy resource for farmers, gardeners, and landowners experiencing the negative impacts of drought. Click here to check it out!
The Downeast Public Health Council announces a funding opportunity for health-related initiatives in Hancock and Washington Counties; view it here.
USDA Announces Streamlined Guaranteed Loans and Additional Lender Category for Small-Scale Operators
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of a streamlined version of their guaranteed loans, which are tailored for smaller scale farms and urban producers. The program, called EZ Guarantee Loans, uses a simplified application process to help beginning, small, underserved and family farmers and ranchers apply for loans of up to $100,000 from USDA-approved lenders to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations.
USDA is providing a 90-day period for the public to review and comment on program improvements. To review program details, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0560-AI34 and follow the instructions to submit comments.
More than half of all FSA loans go to new farmers and more than a quarter to underserved borrowers. FSA also offers loans of up to $5,000 to young farmers and ranchers though the Youth Loan Program. Loans are made to eligible youth to finance agricultural projects, with almost 9,000 young people now participating. More information about the available types of FSA farm loans can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/farmloans or by contacting your local FSA office. To find your nearest office location, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
HCPC has compost bins and recycling bins for sale! Recycling bins are $9 and compost bins are $48. They can be purchased at HCPC during regular business hours. For more information, call Sheri at 667-7131.
Miss the annual Household Hazardous Waste collection event? Here are some other ideas for safely disposing of household hazardous waste. If you need to dispose of paint, find a collection site near you at www.paintcare.org.