To qualify for these grants you must be an educational institute (school or library) and be within the Loon Echo Land Trust service area: Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Sebago or Raymond. The purpose of these grants is to help our future leaders learn more about their natural world. Please see below for application process.
- Grant Application: 2020 grants are now closed. Please check back in November for 2021 grant information.
- Grant Award Range: $50-$300
- Grants Deadline: The grant deadline has passed for 2020
- Award Notification Date: February 15, 2020
- Grant Reporting Required: Submission of a short report form and a “kids’ chronicle” from a student or participant. Selected chronicles are displayed at the bottom of this page. Download 2019 Report Form Here.
- Restrictions: Please note that only one program will be funded at each school or library due to the limited amount of funding available. If report forms are not submitted for a funded program, it may disqualify schools or libraries from applying the following year.
- For more information: Contact Us
Since 1998, hundreds of children have benefited from programs that teach about the natural world due to Loon Echo’s Educational Endowment. The endowment was developed as a memorial to two teachers, Helen Allen and Polly Bartlett. Helen Allen granted Loon Echo a conservation easement to forever protect her beautiful hilltop farm on Quaker Ridge in Casco. After her death at the age of 94, Helen Allen’s bequest to Loon Echo allowed the Trust to create a fund to support yearly programs in local schools and libraries.
Kids’ Chronicles: Each school or library selects a student or patron to write about their learning experience after attending an environmental education program funded by Loon Echo.
“Mr. Drew told us the tarantula spider does not hurt us. That makes me happy because I was afraid of spiders.”Lily, Sebago Elementary School
“At the hill, there were three telescopes set up and people shared their powerful binoculars. Seeing the moon and its shadow was great because it was so clear and vivid. We saw Saturn, Venus and more powerful stars, but they weren’t as clear. My group enjoyed using the star finders to locate different constellations. We ended the evening with a trip to get ice cream and talked about what we learned.”Lisa, Family Star Party at Casco Public Library
“Thank you for giving us a wooded adventure!”Oskar, age 5, Bridgton Public Library
In addition to individual grants, Loon Echo provides annual funding for:
- Winter Audubon Hike at Sebago Elementary School