Welch Charitable Fund

2017 Grants

  • Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, to implement the Humane Education Academy Emerging Leaders program: $5,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, to support the Big Readers site-based mentoring project: $5,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, to expand Academic Success programs in the four Greater Portland area clubhouses: $10,000
  • Community Dental, to purchase a digital sensor: $8,995
  • Falmouth Memorial Library Association, to support the building expansion and upgrade project: $15,000
  • Frannie Peabody Center, to provide coordination of medical and other services for people living with HIV/AIDS: $10,000
  • Freeport Community Services, to provide food insecure students in RSU 5 with bags of food for the weekend throughout the school year: $5,000
  • Friends of Deering Oaks, to support the Third Annual Lantern Walk and Workshops: $4,950
  • Gulf of Maine Research Institute, to support redesign of the interactive learning center lab: $10,000
  • Hospice of Southern Maine, for capital improvements to the public spaces and patient rooms at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House: $10,000
  • The Iris Network, to support the Low Vision Clinic: $5,000
  • Intercultural Community Center, to add a health and nutrition component to the Power School learning program: $5,000
  • Kids First Center, to provide children with support and education as they experience parental separation and divorce: $7,500
  • LearningWorks, to support increased parent and family engagement in the AfterSchool programs in Greater Portland: $5,000
  • Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, to pilot Maine Kids Code, a hands-on program for middle-school students with professional coders as mentors: $12,100
  • Maine Humanities Council, to reach immigrants in Portland through a reading and conversation program in English: $10,250
  • Milestone Foundation, to strengthen the Emergency Shelter Program: $25,000
  • My Place Teen Center, for therapeutic intervention on suicide and depression and drug and alcohol use for youth: $10,000
  • North Yarmouth Academy, for the Kauffmann Program in Environmental Writing and Wilderness Exploration: $25,000
  • Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute, to support programming for students at Portland High School: $5,000
  • The Opportunity Alliance, to support low-income families in a two-generation approach to breaking the cycle of poverty: $5,000
  • Portland School of Ballet, to allow Southern Maine Community College theater students to attend a ballet performance: $2,000
  • Preble Street, to meet the basic needs of homeless youth and help them establish stability through supportive services: $20,000
  • Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center, to support children and teens with disabilities through equine-assisted actives and therapies, $5,000
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine, to support families of seriously ill or injured children: $3,500
  • Shalom House, to provide supplies and equipment for the art program for adults with severe mental illness: $10,000
  • Skillin School PTA, to purchase and install a stage curtain in Skillin Elementary School: $5,000
  • Wayfinder Schools, to help at-risk youth and teen parents graduate from high school: $5,000
  • Wayside Food Program, to support community meals: $7,500

2016 Grants

  • American Red Cross, to fund a Bloodmobile that would allow small businesses and vulnerable populations to host blood drive: $25,000
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, to strengthen and expand academic success programs in the four Portland area clubhouses: $10,000
  • Cancer Community Center, to expand therapies so more community members facing cancer will be better able to cope with diagnosis, treatment, and healing: $7,500
  • Community Dental, for the establishment of a pediatric suite in the Portland center: $8,017
  • Hurricane Island Outward Bound, to purchase a new support vessel for the School Maine Sea Program: $19,000
  • Kids First Center, to support Kids First separation and divorce support groups for children and adolescents: $5,000
  • Maine Medical Center, for the Tufts University-MMC Maine Track Program: $50,000
  • Maine State Ballet, to provide complimentary admission to its special school-time offering, "Backstage at the Nutcracker": $4,000
  • Milestone Foundation, to upgrade equipment for the emergency shelter, detoxification program, and residential treatment program: $25,000 
  • North Yarmouth Academy, to support the Kauffmann Program in Environmental Writing and Wilderness Exploration: $25,000
  • Olympia Snowe Womens Leadership Institute, to expand programming to students at Portland High School: $5,000
  • Preble Street, to implement a community-based model to improve the quality of care for homeless populations: $20,000
  • Sustainable Cliff Island, to support a medical clinic to promote healthy living for islanders and assist elders to age in place: $5,000
  • The Center for Grieving Children, to address unmet needs for grief support in Southern Maine: $10,000
  • The Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges, to support students in the Southern Maine Community College Path to Graduation Program, which seeks to increase retention: $16,000
  • The Iris Network, for the Low Income Fund for Tools that enables blind consumers to receive specialized tools to perform daily tasks: $5,000
  • The Opportunity Alliance, for The Women's Project, which serves women 18 or older who are pregnant or parenting a child and are affected by substance use: $5,000
  • Telling Room, to expand the Young Writers & Leaders program to serve more immigrant and teen English language learners: $5,000
  • Robbie Foundation, to support children with disabilities through arts, technology, and adaptive equipment: $10,000

2015 Grants

  • Animal Refuge League, for the Future Fund to construct a new state-of-the-art facility: $5,000
  • Cancer Community Center, to provide more movement opportunities for people touched by cancer: $6,500
  • Crossroads for Women, for new bedroom furniture for the Children and Mothers Program: $10,000
  • Frannie Peabody Center, to support enhanced mental health and substance abuse counseling services: $10,000
  • Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, to purchase a new support vessel for the School Maine Sea Program: $19,000
  • Maine Academy of Modern Music, to help furnish and equip the new school building: $5,000
  • Maine Humanities Council, for the Veterans Book Group program: $7,613
  • Northeast Hearing & Speech Center, Inc., for training preschool teachers and parents on language-based early literacy skills: $5,000
  • Portland Community Health Center, for Home to Health to connect families from the Family Emergency Shelter to health services: $10,000
  • Rippleffect, Inc., for the Rippleffect Outdoor Leadership Education program: $10,000
  • Spurwink Services, Inc., to improve health care access and outcomes for patients with mental illness: $5,000
  • Telling Room, to support the 2015-16 Young Writers & Leaders Program: $5,000
  • The Iris Network, to support the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Center: $10,000
  • The Opportunity Alliance, to prevent youth substance use through the Student Intervention and Reintegration Program: $6,000
  • Wayside Food Programs, for the Wayside's Community Meals program: $7,500
  • Girls on the Run – Maine, to expand the program to new schools and communities: $5,000
  • Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center, to offer equine-assisted activities to children and teens with disabilities from Greater Portland: $5,000
  • Robbies Foundation, to provide essential equipment and support to children with special needs: $10,000
  • Wayfinder Schools, to increase the high school graduation rates of at-risk youth and teen parents in Greater Portland: $7,500
  • Preble Street, for the Teen Center: $25,000
  • Maine Medical Center, for the Tufts University-MMC Maine Track Program: $50,000
  • Southern Maine Agency on Aging, for the Stewart Adult Day Center in Falmouth: $25,000

2014 Grants

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, for the Great Futures Capacity Campaign: $15,000
  • Breakwater School, for the redesign of Nason's Corner Park, which will transform a community green space and create a natural playscape: $5,000
  • International Christian Fellowship, for the Power School Learning Center: $10,000
  • Maine Humanities Council, for reducing burnout in Southern Maine health care: $5,000
  • Mercy Hospital, for the McAuley Residence Bridge to the Future Program: $10,000
  • Milestone Foundation, for new industrial clothes washers and dryers and a new dishwasher/sterilizer for the emergency shelter and detoxification program: $20,000
  • Peaks Island Children's Workshop, to build a tricycle track on the workshop playground to help support gross motor development: $2,399
  • Riding to the Top, to replace the roof for the staff building: $5,000
  • Southern Maine Agency on Aging, for the Campaign to Create a Better Day at Lunt School in Falmouth: $25,000
  • Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation, for the Camp Susan Curtis Camp to Campus & Career Program: $4,000
  • The Locker Project, for the Locker Project Van to distribute nourishing food to food-insecure children in Portland schools: $14,250
  • University of New England, for the UNE College of Dental Medicine: $50,000
  • Preble Street, for teen programming: $25,000
  • Maine Medical Center, for the Tufts University-MMC Scholarship: $50,000

2013 Grants

  • Center for Grieving Children, to increase teens' access and utilization of grief support resources: $9,500
  • City of Portland, to increase the number of children served by the Children's Oral Health Program by providing preventive oral health care services at Maine Medical Center's pediatric clinic and the City of Portland Family Shelter: $10,000
  • Community Foundation of Collier County, to fund tuition support for three children to attend a summer camp: $5,000
  • Day One, to enhance the Intensive Outpatient program by providing a counseling aide, videos, new furniture and healthy snacks: $5,000
  • The Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges, for the continuation of the Vincent B. and Barbara G. Welch Scholars Fund at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC): $10,000
  • Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, to upgrade and increase capacity of staff and student housing at the L.L. Bean Mountain Center in Newry, Maine: $15,000
  • Maine Medical Center, for renewed scholarship support of two Maine students enrolled in the Maine Track Program Class of 2018: $50,000
  • Milestone Foundation Inc., for a new heating system for the Portland site, which houses the Emergency Shelter and Detoxification programs: $30,000
  • North Yarmouth Academy business office, to design and construct an innovative, natural play space and outdoor learning environment that will enrich the student experience and complement the curriculum of NYA's new Lower School: $25,000
  • Portland Community Health Center, to complete and furnish a health education/community room and kitchen space at the clinic in Portland's Parkside neighborhood: $10,000
  • Preble Street, for the Teen Center: $25,000
  • Riding To The Top, to support Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies for children and teens with disabilities from Greater Portland that will help them with skills at home and school: $5,000
  • Town of Long Island, for capital support to renovate the World War II-era Community Center: $2,000
  • University of New England, for the dental school: $25,000
  • Wayside Food Programs, to support the Community Meals Program, which provides nutritious meals in safe, friendly surroundings in partnership with local churches and community centers: $10,000