Projects Funded in 2021

We are grateful to have received so many excellent grant applications this year! The following projects have been funded in our 2021 grant cycle.

  1. A project to gather and assess the concentrations of floating microplastics and understand their associated risks to seabird colonies in Eastern Maine. (Shaw Institute)
  2. An experiential learning program for high school students focusing on water quality monitoring. (Cobscook Institute)
  3. The production of a digital resource for identifying and classifying the seaweeds of eastern Maine. (Glen Mittlehauser, Maine Natural History Observatory)
  4. A survey of steams–focusing on water quality and density of aquatic organisms–to be completed by the Passamaquoddy Wildlife Department and be used as input in the management plan for a 55,000 acre protected forest.  (Downeast Lakes Land Trust)
  5. Production of a short documentary film to help communicate the model of a successful community-based marine research facility that has achieved national recognition while addressing the local economic and environmental conditions. (Downeast Institute)
  6. Development and dissemination of an “Environmental Stewardship Guide” for Taunton Bay Watershed which can be used as a model for other communities. (Friends of Taunton Bay)
  7. Hardware upgrade and software support for small local historical society in the process of digitizing their archives. (Jonesport Historical Society)
  8. An immersive study by local high school students to gauge the “true impact and value of lobsters” to their local community. (Jonesport High School)
  9. Interviews and meetings with a cross-section of stakeholders in Washington Country, ME to understand the social complexities of the local fishing communities, their economic dependencies, and their deep knowledge of their local marine ecologies. (Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries)
  10. Supplies and storage solutions to support the archiving of historical documents in a small community that had previously not had any historical society. (Roque Bluffs Historical Society)