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Posted on: November 22, 2019

Portland Land Bank Commission Offers New Fund

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The City of Portland Land Bank Commission (LBC) is excited to announce the launch of a new program known as the Community Engagement Fund. The Fund aims to increase awareness of Land Bank Commission activities; encourage community partners to assist with stewardship; and increase engagement with neighborhood partners towards Land Bank goals and objectives. 

The Fund will make awards in increments of $250 - $2500 on a rolling basis for projects that increase awareness of LBC activities, enhance community capacity for education and stewardship and advance LBC objectives for land preservation. “The Fund was designed and developed to elevate public awareness around open space preservation and ecosystem benefits,” describes Andrew Butcher, LBC Treasurer. “Funds can be used to conduct stewardship, maintenance and upkeep of Land Bank properties as well as facilitate environmental awareness and public engagement advancing Land Bank goals.”  

“We hope that these funds serve as one more way in which the Land Bank can support the robust network of community advocates passionate about open space and committed to stewardship of public assets in Portland,” states Simon Rucker, LBC Secretary. Organizations eligible to receive funding include:  Non-profit organizations, Community Associations, Block Groups, Schools, and the City of Portland Departments, Agencies and Authorities that are working to advance Land Bank goals and objectives. Applicants must be able to describe/demonstrate community involvement.  

Starting in the winter of 2019 The LBC will award grants quarterly; applications will be reviewed on a rolling monthly basis. Grant funds must be used within one year of award or agreement. 

For more information about the Community Engagement Fund see  https://www.portlandmaine.gov/347/Land-Bank-Commission.

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About The Portland Land Bank Commission

The Land Bank Commission is responsible for identifying and protecting open space resources within the City of Portland. The commission seeks to preserve a balance between development and conservation of open space important for wildlife, ecological, environmental, scenic, or outdoor recreational values. To this extent The commission has developed an inventory of open space resources within the city. It is engaged in an ongoing effort to proactively protect properties from development through easement, deed restriction, or acquisition.

Meetings are open to the public and are hosted the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

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