Welch Charitable Fund

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

2012 Grants

  • Boys to Men, to support the intervention program to reduce sexism and violence for at-risk youth at Preble Street Teen Center, Long Creek Youth Development Center, and Seeds of Independence: $5,000
  • Cancer Community Center, to expand the facility's Wellness Room in order to add more free programs: $10,000
  • Center for Grieving Children, to provide bereavement support programs in York and Cumberland Counties including volunteer-led support groups for children, teens and their families and phone support and information to the community: $10,000
  • The Community Schools at Opportunity Farm and Camden, to increase the high school graduation rates of at-risk youth and teen parents in Greater Portland, Maine: $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): $25,000
  • Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, to support the complete renovation of the Kotzschmar Organ, a unique and nationally recognized symphonic pipe organ located in Merrill Auditorium: $5,000
  • Maine Humanities Council, to support Let’s Talk Graphic, a library-based reading and discussion series that will help teens explore the world of graphic novels as humanities texts at Portland and Scarborough public libraries: $5,000
  • Maine Irish Heritage Center, for a new heating system for its upstairs event center: $5,000
  • Maine Medical Center, for scholarships for Maine residents attending the Maine Medical Center Tufts School of Medicine: $50,000
  • Preble Street, for the youth shelter Program Expansion and Transition Fund: $25,000
  • The Root Cellar, to support "Learn to Earn," an incentive-based program that targets at-risk youths: $4,500
  • Southern Maine Agency on Aging, for Money Minders, which provides bill-paying and budgeting assistance by volunteers to elderly people with low incomes: $8,000
  • University of New England, for construction costs associated with a dental teaching clinic on the Portland campus: $75,000
  • Wayside Soup Kitchen, for support for the "Under One Roof" capital campaign that will fund consolidation of facilities and construction of a commercial kitchen: $10,000
  • Westbrook Youth Center, for support of Mission Possible's after-school program for middle- and high-school students: $5,000

2011 Grants

  • Cancer Community Center, for the wellness program, which includes physical and mental health as well as healthy eating: $5,000
  • Maine Community College System, for student scholarships and to help support expanding enrollment: $25,000
  • Maine Humanities Council, for Born to Read to train 60 Cumberland County early childhood educators in using books, conversation, and book-related activities to foster the cognitive, social, and emotional development of the more than 700 children ages birth through five in their care: $5,000
  • Maine Irish Heritage Center, to make both the sanctuary event center and the genealogical library handicapped accessible, and to renovate the main entrance to the facility: $5,000
  • Portland Trails, for the Bridges to the Future Campaign to fund the six bridges crucial to continuing the expansion of the trail network: $10,000
  • Preble Street Resource Center, for annual support for the ongoing operations of the Lighthouse Shelter: $15,000
  • Riding to the Top, to provide scholarships for children and teens from Greater Portland who have disabilities and are from low- to moderate-income families: $5,000
  • Southern Maine Agency on Aging, for Money Minders, which provides bill paying and budgeting assistance by volunteers to elderly people with low incomes: $5,000
  • University of New England, for construction costs associated with a dental teaching clinic on the Portland campus: $50,000
  • Westbrook Youth Center, for the Renaissance Club, exposing at risk youth, including developmentally delayed, low-income, immigrant, and refugee teens to a variety of art and cultural activites $5,000
  • Yarmouth Historical Society, to build a new dedicated classroom and community program space in the new Yarmoouth Center $10,000
  • Youth Alternatives Ingraham, for a parenting education program, offering parenting classes, parent coaching and special programming that addresses immediate community need $7,500