Recent Grants: Oxford County Fund

2018 Grants

  • Black Mountain of Maine, to support the Nordic ski program that serves up to 60 low-income, middle school children in Oxford County with recreation to support their health and well-being: $5,000
  • Canton Historical Society, to purchase technology to help create a community gathering place for Canton’s region: $5,000
  • Celebration Barn Theater, to partner with local organizations to increase access to the arts in Oxford County through a Celebration Barn Road Show touring performance and youth theater classes: $4,350
  • Mahoosuc Kids Association, to support the health, education, and wellness of Bethel area youth through lifelong recreation and exercise: $2,000
  • Pink Feather Foundation, for packaging and storing supplies to supply 15 schools with gently used clothing for students in need: $4,375
  • Ski Museum of Maine, to establish a "satellite" Western Mountains Gallery and Exhibit at the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society dedicated to Oxford County's skiing history and heritage: $1,000
  • Tear Cap Workshops, to implement a rent-a-bench program that will increase access to woodworking and build community through shared knowledge and experience: $5,000
  • Western Foothills Kids Association, to strengthen and expand free educational summer program for low-income, low-performing students in grades 1-8 to reduce summer learning loss: $3,275

2017 Grants

  • Community Concepts, to initiate a "Bridges Out of Poverty" movement in Oxford County with a two-day workshop for community members and providers and creation of a steering committee to continue the effort: $8,000
  • Mahoosuc Heart & Soul, to implement Mahoosuc Heart & Soul, a community visioning and planning process, in Woodstock, Greenwood, Newry, and Bethel: $5,000
  • Mahoosuc Land Trust, to write a curriculum and hire elementary-level educators to teach the Nature-Play Program for grades K-5 in several local communities: $3,500
  • Oxford Hills Community Gardens, to build the Community Garden Library & Resource Center, to increase and enhance agricultural educational services for hundreds of local youth: $5,000
  • University of Southern Maine, to develop and pilot youth-focused health care career pathways tools with input from young people, employers, educators, and workforce development partners: $3,795
  • Western Foothills Land Trust, for winter programs at Roberts Farm and other preserves, including biathlons, snowshoe and ski programs, and a ski day for fifth-graders: $4,705

2016 Grants

  • Androscoggin River Watershed Council, for special Source to Sea event days: $2,000
  • Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities, for garden materials and a walk-in cooler to provide vegetable and fruit storage at the new garden and training site in South Paris: $6,400
  • Mahoosuc Land Trust, for a pilot project to develop nature-based learning opportunities for kindergarten through Grade 3 at Central Park School: $3,600
  • Rumford Group Homes, Inc., for the Oxford County Emergency Shelter expansion project: $8,000
  • The Progress Center, to support the Feel Better Food home-based nutrition intervention program to promote recovery and reduce hospital admissions: $7,500

2015 Grants

  • Denmark Arts Center, to support Artists’ Midway, a new pilot program of the Dam Jam festival: $5,000
  • Mahoosuc Pathways, to couple environmental attributes with leadership and workforce development in the Oxford County Conservation Corps: $5,779
  • Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation, to implement the Train & Teach ME video initiative to create training and teaching videos for participants, volunteers, and the wider community: $5,000
  • Oxford Hills Community Gardens, to support the Alan Day Community Garden and Town Assistance Work-for-Food Program: $5,000
  • Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, to revitalize historic downtown/village centers in York and southern Oxford counties: $5,000
  • The Progress Center, to support a pilot home-based nutrition intervention program for recently discharged hospital patients identified as high risk for malnutrition: $8,000

2014 Grants

  • Center for Ecology Based Economy, to design and install a solar-powered water pump and charging station with the Alan Day Community Garden: $4,515
  • Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, to improve computer literacy in the community: $1,495
  • Mahoosuc Arts Council, to build capacity by partnering with the Bethel Area Nonprofit Collaborative on a pilot project to develop ways to share administrative staff and significant capital resources: $3,000
  • McLaughlin Foundation, to facilitate meetings with the community to determine best uses for the newly expanded campus: $3,050
  • Oxford Hills Food & Nutrition Exchange, to promote local agriculture and skills through Community Roots at the Oxford County Fair: $7,000
  • Oxford Hills School District, to help local teens develop leadership and career skills by growing produce at Roberts Farm for the Summer Feeding Program and to provide educational programs to at-risk students: $4,800
  • SeniorsPlus, to purchase technological equipment that would enable SeniorsPlus to connect older adults and adults with disabilities in rural Franklin and Oxford counties to live educational programming: $2,707
  • Western Foothills Land Trust, for a timber-frame workshop series at Roberts Farm Preserve in Norway to support construction of a working sugar house for the homestead: $4,000

2013 Grants

  • Bethel Area Nonprofit Collaborative, to build internal capacity to help area nonprofits attain a shared vision of a community thriving on healthy relationships among people, the built environment and the land: $2,500
  • Community Concepts, to expand small business trainings to include Destination Tourism training the Launch Box training program, and social media training: $3,500
  • Crossroads International Celtic Festival, to support a multi-venue, two-county, five-day Celtic music festival: $5,000
  • Mahoosuc Kids Association, to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) enrichment education through applied hands-on learning: $2,500
  • Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation, to hire a professional web development company to design, build, launch and support a completely new version of the website: $3,250

2012 Grants

  • Across the River Collaborative, to prevent youth substance abuse, reduce school dropouts and juvenile crime: $2,880
  • Fryeburg Academy, to increase community access to children’s cultural programs at the Laura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center: $1,500
  • MSAD #17, to support the Oxford Hills Middle School "Aspire Higher Race Car," a future race car being designed and built by students of the Experiential Learning Team: $2,100
  • No Limits Limb Loss Foundation, to support Snow Camp in partnership with Maine Handicapped Skiing and Sunday River Resort: $4,500
  • Oxford Hills Community Gardens, to establish a youth leadership program that will provide ongoing educational opportunities to youth, increase engagement with school and community members, and promote outreach into neighborhood area: $1,500
  • Rumford Group Homes, to support three homeless shelters in Oxford County, including expansion of case management services for guests after discharge so they can successfully maintain their housing with supports and services: $1,000
  • SeniorsPlus, to support rural outreach provided to aging and disabled consumers: $2,500
  • University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond, to expand the forestry program offerings through hands on experiential learning opportunities: $5,520

2011 Grants

  • Boxberry School, to create a sustainable garden that introduces the concepts of biodiversity at an early age: $1,500
  • Celebration Barn Theater, to support a community festival celebrating creativity in honor of the theater's 40th anniversary: $3,864
  • Denmark Arts Center, in support of the Summer Film Festival 2011: $4,500
  • MSAD #17 - Oxford Hills School District, to support the Roberts Farm Sustainable Agriculture Initiative: $3,951
  • No Limits Limb Loss Foundation, for marketing, camp scholarships and support personnel for Camp No Limits: $2,500
  • RSU 10, to build two raised garden beds at three schools: $810
  • Tin Mountain Conservation Center, to support experiential environmental education programs to after-school programs in Western Maine area schools: $4,375
  • University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond, to support the construction of a museum and library to expand the environmental and sustainability education for Maine's youth: $3,500