Casco Bay Estuary Partnership Habitat Protection Fund

CBEP funds are available to support the protection of high value habitat in the Casco Bay watershed. An RFP is announced annually; please check the “Announcements” section of the Home Page for a current RFP.

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership Community Grants Program

CBEP supports local, community-based projects that combine habitat enhancement activities with strong education and stewardship components. An RFP is announced annually; please check the “Announcements” section of the Home Page for a current RFP.

2017 Casco Bay Community Grant Awards 

Six awards were made, for a total of $10,000, for projects in Brunswick, Chebeague Island, Harpswell, Phippsburg, and Portland.

Through the Casco Bay Community Grants Program, CBEP seeks to encourage new partnerships and innovative projects that engage communities with Casco Bay and its watershed, and that are tied in with the 2016 Casco Bay Plan. The following 2017 Casco Bay Community Grant awards were made:

Brunswick Junior High School, “Connect Casco Bay”: The seventh grade Jewell Island Team will engage in a four-week community-based, expeditionary learning unit to help students understand the fragility of Casco Bay and their duty to care for it.

Chebeague Island Community Association, “Chebeague Island Aquaculture Festival”: A one-day festival on the island will educate community members about aquaculture farms in the community, as well as raise awareness of the importance of water quality to these operations.

Friends School of Portland, “Inter-generational Investigation of the Casco Bay Watershed”: Students will learn about and test water quality, and interview seniors about their connection to Casco Bay.

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, “Engaging Youth with a Junior Ranger Program”: An initiative to engage local youth and families with Harpswell’s coastal environment through a junior ranger program.

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, “Community Conservation of a Phippsburg Clam Flat”: The project will bring together community partners to educate Phippsburg youth about the town’s important natural resources and actions they can take to improve these resources. 

Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, “Climate Change through the Eyes of Shellfish Harvesters”: A video will explore how environmental changes have impacted the Harpswell shellfishing industry.