Recent Grants: Maine Charity Foundation Fund

2016 Grants

  • Aroostook County Action Program, to purchase adaptive playground equipment for special-needs children ages birth to five at centers in Fort Kent, Caribou, and Presque Isle: $8,000
  • Bath Housing Development Corp., to expand the Anchorage Community Garden, make it accessible to people with disabilities, and enclose it with fencing: $5,000
  • Community Concepts, Inc., to provide transportation to Head Start children and seniors in Rumford to help children attend preschool and improve quality of life for older adults: $8,000
  • Eastern Area Agency on Aging, for equipment to bring online enrichment and physical activity classes to 40 underserved older adults in the agency's service area: $6,000
  • Eastport Arts Center, to prepare disadvantaged children for kindergarten by helping them develop social and cognitive skills through early exposure to the arts: $3,000
  • Gedakina, Inc., to expand the Braiding Sweetgrass initiative for women and girls from a pilot program in one community to six tribal communities across Maine: $4,000
  • Island Connections, for an expanded volunteer recruitment and recognition program to increase and train more volunteer drivers: $5,000
  • Maine Dental Health Out-Reach, to purchase an X-ray sensor for the mobile dental van that provides restorative and emergent care to more than 500 underserved children at 35 schools in central and western Maine: $8,000
  • Maine Humanities Council, to provide cultural experiences for rural, older Maine adults that will reduce their isolation: $5,000
  • Penobscot Nation Boys & Girls Club, to expand and improve the community garden while bringing youth and older adults together: $8,400
  • Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts, to fund a daily after-school youth arts program for students in Rangeley Lakes Regional school district and surrounding towns of Phillips and Stratton: $5,000
  • Tedford Housing, to help students remain actively engaged in school through the new Brighter Future Fund: $5,000
  • Tree Street Youth, to train and equip staff with the necessary skills and tools for tracking, assessing, and measuring program performance by enhancing the center's data collection systems: $8,000

2015 Grants

  • Bangor Area Recovery Network, to purchase furniture and upgrade wiring for the Recovery Home: $5,000
  • Bangor Symphony Orchestra, to produce Puccini's "La Bohème," the finale of BSO’s 120th season: $5,000
  • Community Health and Counseling Services, to provide in-home telecommunication monitoring of patients with congestive heart failure who live in Piscataquis or Washington counties: $4,000
  • Down East Hospice Volunteers, to support training opportunities for Down East Hospice Volunteers and the Washington County community: $5,000
  • Dr. Shaw Memorial Library, for renovation and expansion that will increase access to humanities programming for residents of Mount Vernon and Vienna: $4,000
  • Gedakina, to support "Circles of Strength" mentoring for Native American boys and young men that focuses on healthy relationships, risk-taking behavior, violence prevention, conflict resolution, and life skills: $4,000
  • Jesup Memorial Library, to expand resources for Jesup's "Makerspace-in-the-Making" program: $2,500
  • Lobster Conservancy, for Fishing for Data in Friendship that will examine changes in the lobster population by comparing contents of lobster traps at sea with data lobstermen gathered more than a decade ago: $2,000
  • Maine Humanities Council, to support Worlds in Our Libraries: In-Depth Humanities Programming for Maine's Rural Communities: $5,000
  • Portland Public Library, to better serve the community through expanded public computer access at the main library: $4,562
  • Portland Maine Symphony Orchestra, to purchase a new conductor’s podium: $4,000
  • SeniorsPlus, for seven Chromebooks and compatible printers for a new program that will train volunteer outreach workers to offer one-on-one Medicare advice and enrollment assistance to prospective clients: $2,462
  • The Iris Network, to support the Low Income Fund for Tools that will provide video magnification tools and ongoing training to low-income clients with visual impairments and libraries: $5,000
  • The Opportunity Alliance, for the Parkside Neighborhood Center outdoor play area renovation: $4,470
  • Trekkers, to purchase a GPS unit, walkie-talkies, and two BioLite BaseCamp cook stoves for use in its expanding programs: $1,000
  • Trustees of Bloomfield Academy, for elevator addition construction, the last phase of the library renovation project: $4,000
  • Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, to support The Legacy Project, which creates personalized DVDs for hospice patients and their families because everyone has a story to tell: $3,500
  • Waldo County Woodshed, to provide wood to families who heat with wood but can’t afford it: $2,000
  • Weld Free Public Library Association, to restore the building’s interior to the architect’s original intent, make the infrastructure energy efficient, and meet code with insulation, attic ventilation, new wiring, and an efficient heating system: $3,000
  • Whitneyville Library and Whatnot Association, to repair or replace faulty plumbing and paint and repair the library’s exterior: $5,000

2014 Grants

  • Bangor Symphony Orchestra, for a concert and educational residency featuring the violinist Midori: $4,000
  • Camden Public Library Fund, to purchase 75 chairs and 10 tables to use in the public meeting room: $4,000
  • Caribou Public Library, for the Technology Education and Accessible Magazines Project: $900
  • Eastport Public Library Association, for an automatic door-operating system: $3,354
  • Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic, for primary care small procedures: $2,051
  • Franklin Library, for the foundation restoration project: $4,620
  • Gardiner Library Association, for LED lights for the community archives room: $5,000
  • Hospice of Southern Maine, to purchase 24 pulse oximeters and three aspirators: $2,641
  • Information Technology Exchange, to support the PCs for Maine Library initiative: $2,500
  • Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, for tools for Jesup's information outreach work: $2,500
  • Lobster Conservancy, to support Counting on Lobsters in Friendship: $5,000
  • Maine Historical Society, for a new network server: $5,000
  • Maine Humanities Council, to support Bricks and Mortar of the Mind: Serving Maine's Rural Libraries: $4,658
  • Palmero Libary Guild, to purchase Kindles for patrons of the Palmero Community Library: $1,164
  • Pembroke Library Association, to furnish the Pembroke Library Community Room: $5,000
  • Portland, Maine, Symphony Orchestra, to replace two, 10-year-old computer file servers with a single new unit: $5,000
  • Southwest Harbor Public Library, to move the historic photograph collection from Microsoft Access to PastPerfect software: $2,534
  • Spaulding Memorial Library, to remove and build the handicap ramp, connecting deck, and a roof over the door: $5,000
  • Stockton Springs Library Committee, for two new updated computers and wi-fi: $1,200
  • Stonington Public Library, to increase library use by teens and young adults through literacy-linked gaming activities: $2,000
  • Volunteers for Hancock Jail Residents, for book collection and shelving for the Hancock County Jail Library Project: $3,500