Recent Grants: Cumberland County Fund

2017 Grants

  • Family Crisis Service, to support a project to update the organization’s image and materials to increase access to services: $6,000
  • Greater Portland Family Promise, to support the transportation of homeless families between the Day Center and host congregations: $9,168
  • In Her Presence, to support expansion of education and wellness programs led by immigrant women for immigrant women: $5,000
  • Lakes Environmental Association, to collaborate with community citizen scientists to expand lake depth and hydrologic data to improve understanding of lake water quality: $5,000
  • Locker Project, to create a system for volunteer management and to analyze approaches to destigmatizing use of school food pantries: $6,000
  • MemoryWorks, to implement Youth Action Teams at Cumberland County high schools that focus on service for seniors in the community: $5,000
  • New England Arab American Organization, to support the social integration of Arab immigrant families in their transition to a new culture in Maine: $5,000
  • Portland Community Squash, to help launch the new youth education program, Rally Portland: $3,800
  • The Theater Project, to build capacity for outreach by working with an audience development and marketing consultant: $6,000
  • Treehouse Institute, Inc., to overcome segregation and build social capital with empathy through storytelling and dialogue: $7,500
  • Youth and Family Outreach, to train staff and implement the Teaching Strategies Gold child-assessment system to more effectively measure child outcomes: $10,000

2016 Grants

  • Environmental Health Strategy Center, to participate in leadership training and assess online communications: $6,000
  • Family Crisis Services, to provide automotive repair services for victims of domestic violence: $4,000
  • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, to support a community input project as part of the strategic planning process: $6,000
  • Maine Access Immigrant Network, to support the Healthy You community support project: $9,960
  • Mayo Street Arts, to expand summer and after-school learning opportunities for underserved youth: $5,000
  • Portland Trails, to engage the community to design, create, use, and care for shared school grounds: $6,450
  • Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, for planning to complete Sebago to the Sea Trail: $5,000
  • Resilience Hub, to support the Premablitz Program: $7,650
  • Robbie Foundation, to create a two-year strategic plan to expand the organization’s work: $7,500
  • Speak Clearly Accent Reduction, to support Women and Children Learning English and Pronunciation Together: $5,000
  • The Telling Room, to expand the Young Writers & Leaders program: $5,000

2015 Grants

  • 4-H Clubs and Affiliated 4-H Organizations, for a new outdoor classroom to expand Kids Can Grow and other educational programs:  $3,410
  • Cathance River Educational Alliance, Inc., to build a sustainable energy education program for grades K-12 in southern, midcoast Maine:  $7,385
  • Center for Wildlife Health Research, to conduct an organizational assessment and complete a three-year strategic plan designed to improve board operations and improve fundraising through a new development and communications office:  $10,000
  • The Center for Grieving Children, to increase training and consulting in the areas of intercultural grief support and collective loss: $4,950
  • Central Area Agency on Aging, to create age-friendly communities in Brunswick, Topsham, and Harpswell: $10,000
  • Community Financial Literacy, to continue outreach to Maine’s immigrants and refugees who are preparing financially to pursue higher education for themselves or their children: $5,000
  • Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, to attract new members, upgrade the website and purchase new software: $5,000
  • Monhegan Artists Residency Corporation, to support Security the Future initiative: $6,500
  • People Plus, to create Community Café, a  hunger abatement and improved nutrition program for seniors and teens: $7,500

2014 Grants

  • Friends of the Eastern Promenade, to support completion of the Fort Allen Rehabilitation Project: $5,000
  • Greater Portland Charitable Furniture Center, to upgrade the website: $5,000
  • Greater Portland Landmarks, Inc., to support completion of oral histories from 20 community leaders in historic preservation for the past 30-50 years: $3,111
  • Painting for a Purpose, to offer workshops and technical assistance on service learning and grant writing to Deering High School: $2,500
  • Portland Housing Services Corporation, to support youth community leadership through expansion and promotion of youth-led events and programming in low-income neighborhoods: $10,000
  • Roil, to spearhead creation of a safety net for formerly incarcerated individuals through theater workshops in the community, mentoring for past program participants inside Long Creek Youth Development Center, and creation of The Southern Maine Re-Entry Coalition: $8,050
  • The Root Cellar, to support Job Finding, a program that will help current job seekers be better equipped when they enter the work force: $3,600
  • RSU 14, for Teen Trendsetters to provide one-on-one mentoring by teens to second- and third-grade students who are at least six months behind their peers in reading: $8,000

2013 Grants

  • Chebeague Island School, Chebeague Island, for the Chebeague Island School Garden Program to build an outdoor pizza oven: $3,850
  • Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, Portland, to support Pop-Up Playscapes, a series of community arts events held in public parks in low-income areas: $4,499
  • Community Television Network, Portland, to upgrade the cablecast system: $10,000
  • Friends of Casco Bay, South Portland, to expand the BayScaping Project: $7,500
  • Opportunity Alliance, Portland, for Phase I of the Collective Impact initiative in the Parkside neighborhood of Portland, leveraging community resources in order to achieve meaningful and sustainable improvement in the lives of those living in poverty: $5,000
  • Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center, Windham, for capacity building support to improve RTT’s management information systems in order to better serve clients, volunteers and funders: $7,500

2012 Grants

  • A Company of Girls, Portland, to support Board Building and Education for a Sustainable Future: $1,900
  • Biodiversity, Gorham, for River Point Wildlife Research and Education: A Bird's Eye View to build capacity for an environmental education project centered on active migratory bird research: $2,112
  • Brunswick Community Center for Senior Citizens, Brunswick, to evaluate, revamp and expand the Homebound Outreach Programs of People Plus serving homebound seniors in the Brunswick, Harpswell, and Topsham area: $3,625
  • Cathance River Education Alliance, Topsham, to provide curriculum-aligned nature-based education programs for twenty-three classes in grades 2 - 4 at the newly constructed Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School in Brunswick, expanding current programming by one-half: $8,000
  • Coastal Humane Society, Brunswick, for a Public Assistance Program to serve pets of families in our community experiencing financial hardship: $4,375
  • Friends of Casco Bay, South Portland, to assess the vulnerability of Casco Bay's clam flats to coastal acidification and find ways for clammers and other resource harvesters to easily measure pH levels in clam flat sediments: $3,750
  • Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, Harpswell, to build HHLT's capacity to fulfill its educational mission and improve its member and community outreach: $5,000
  • Learning Works, Portland, to support the Riverton Family Literacy Initiative, a collaborative family literacy program that seeks to improve the literacy of impoverished families whose children attend the Riverton Head Start Program: $5,500
  • KIDS Consortium, Augusta, to strengthen core math, science and civic skills through replicable after-school and summer service-learning experiences for young people in Cumberland County: $4,000
  • Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, Gorham, to conduct a board and staff strategic planning process to reviews its mission, vision statement, and define objectives for the next five years and strategies to accomplish these objectives as well as a financial forecast and development plan to accomplish this plan: $2,760
  • The Root Cellar, Portland, to provide a progressive series of programs including ESL education, career counseling and job placement, and develop a co-op exchange focused on moving individuals toward financial independence: $7,500
  • The Telling Room, Portland, for capacity building support to implement the strategic plan, develop internal infrastructure, and implement organizational policies: $3,250

2011 Grants

  • Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Brunswick, to support the final phase of a multi-year organizational development and capacity building effort: $2,500
  • Center for Grieving Children, Portland, to support the Children's Survivors of Suicide Support Group: $2,500
  • Clean Air - Cool Planet, Portsmouth, N.H., to work with the Greater Portland Council of Governments and within the greater Portland region to gather community suggestions for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and to compile these into a regional climate plan: $5,000
  • Creative Portland Corporation, Portland, for capacity building project facilitation and meeting support: $1,000
  • Friends of Casco Bay, South Portland, for equipment and staff time associated with training local community members to monitor coastal waters for pH levels: $4,000
  • Independence Association, Brunswick, for the Spindleworks program "Artist : Artist," a community-building mentoring program: $1,700
  • Let's Get Ready, Boston, Mass., for the Maine LGR Project to expand college access for low-income high school students by providing free SAT preparation and counseling: $1,500
  • Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center, Windham, for staffing to implement the strategic plan: $5,000
  • Seeds of Independence, Freeport, to support the organization's high school mentoring program: $2,800
  • Terra Moto, Portland, to support PORTLAND WORKS, a two-year citywide civic engagement arts project: $3,235
  • The Community School, Camden, for the expansion of the Green Project Initiative to Opportunity Farm: $2,500
  • The Rufus Porter Museum, Bridgton, to expand the Cultural Heritage lecture and workshop series: $2,475