Recent Grants: Statewide Fund

2017 Grants

  • Eastern Area Agency on Aging, to provide financial and budgeting training and support to vulnerable older adults and people with disabilities, including information about scams and training to those who serve them: $10,000
  • GrowSmart Maine, to build membership and launch the Downtown Alliance of Maine: $10,000
  • Gulf of Maine Research Institute, to replicate a successful teacher learning community model in Midcoast Maine to support greater incorporation of hands-on, authentic science investigations within the classroom: $10,000
  • Hardy Girls Healthy Women, to provide subsidized training for girls and adults who work with them in under-resourced schools: $10,000
  • Maine Equal Justice Partners, to expand the successful Equal Justice Partners Circle, a leadership development program for low-income Maine people: $10,000
  • Maine Lakes Society, to hire a communications intern and produce a three-part training webinar for volunteers to strengthen communications and expand LakeSmart: $10,000
  • Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (MPAC), to support a new program that preserves in-person visits and family/community empowerment with alternatives to privatized video visits in Maine jails: $10,000
  • Maine Public Health Association, to enhance effective public health advocacy through stakeholder skill development, networking, education, and e-communication improvements: $10,000
  • New Ventures Maine, to strengthen education and workforce services to assist adults, including expansion of online programming, outreach, and collaboration with other programs: $10,000
  • OUT As I Want to Be, to provide training and support to under-resourced rural schools that are struggling to provide safe spaces for LGBTQ youth, particularly transgender youth in elementary schools: $10,000
  • United Way of Kennebec Valley, to hire a volunteer manager to strengthen volunteer programs and allow staff to focus on funding and connecting Warming Center guests to resources: $10,000
  • Waterville Community Land Trust, Inc., to conduct outreach, fundraising, and build membership to increase the number of affordable homes in Waterville: $10,000
  • Western Maine Transportation Services, Inc., to improve rural public transit services: $10,000
  • Elder Abuse Institute of Maine, for an educational campaign to raise awareness of elder abuse and encourage more victims to seek help: $9,820
  • Kids First Center, to expand programs to an online format that can support children/families in transition across Maine: $9,800
  • NAMI - Maine Inc., to certify community members and law enforcement in the evidence-based Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid curricula: $8,340
  • The Gannett House Project, to develop a traveling exhibit that promotes dialogue about the First Amendment's five freedoms and documents Mainers' experiences and opinions about their First Amendment freedoms: $6,000
  • Cornerstones of Science, to connect Greater Waterville communities to  science experiences through library-academic partnerships: $5,000
  • Four Directions Development Corporation, to conduct an assessment of FDDC's on-reservation lending models, build greater understanding of the HEARTH Act (Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Home Ownership), and assess lending potential in the Maliseet community: $5,000
  • Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center, to enhance and expand the therapeutic carriage driving program to more people with disabilities: $4,400
  • Tri-County Literacy, to provide educational support services to older adults to improve reading comprehension, fluency, writing development, and enjoyment in literacy-related activities: $3,000

2016 Grants

  • ArtVan, to hire a new associate director of art therapy who will grow the Fee for Service Program: $7,500
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, to expand the service area to provide one-to-one youth mentoring to children in Oxford, Androscogggin, and Franklin counties: $10,000
  • Bowdoinham Community Development Initiative, to build capacity to facilitate the village revitalization process through development of a strategic plan: $8,000
  • Coastal Enterprises, Inc., to support a pilot program of growing and marketing ethnic foods: $5,000
  • Friends of Cobbossee Watershed, to support board development, field experience, outreach materials, and website redesign: $5,000
  • Gedakina, Inc., to support the Braiding Sweetgrass project, an educational and cultural program for Native American women and girls: $10,000
  • Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, to create first-person video accounts of Mainers for use in educational programs about the impact of hate directed at people considered “others” or outsiders: $5,000
  • Houlton Community Arts Center Council, to develop a cultural plan to evaluate the area's cultural assets and market the region as a cultural destination: $10,000
  • Kennebec Valley Art Association, to support Community Supporting Arts, connecting Maine artists and farmers: $5,000
  • Kennebec Valley YMCA, for Camp KV Literacy Program, a special program to reduce the achievement gap and summer slide among campers: $7,500
  • Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation, for the Go Nordic! Program, designed to meet the increased demand for dedicated adaptive programming and to fulfill the community desire for broader offerings: $5,000
  • Maine Association of Nonprofits, to support the Nonprofits are Essential Persuasive Messaging Project, to foster broader awareness of the positive impact of nonprofits on Maine’s economy: $10,000
  • Rural Aspirations Project, to implement the Maine Forest Collaborative to engage rural high school students in an ongoing project-based dialogue about how to sustain Maine’s forest economy: $10,000
  • Toxics Action Center, Inc., to support the Casco Bay Healthy Lawns Project: $5,000
  • University of Maine System, Inc., to support the Senior Companion Program’s Making Independence a Reality Project, which provides peer-to-peer support to reduce social isolation for homebound, chronically ill adults: $10,000

2015 Grants

  • ArtVan, to develop a board of directors that will be integrated into the development side of the organization: $5,000
  • Camden International Film Festival, to support expansion of the Points North Engagement Summit: $5,000
  • Damariscotta River Association, to develop an island ecology curriculum: $6,510
  • Environmental Health Strategy Center, to engage emerging community leaders and build a leadership development program: $4,650
  • Experience Maritime Maine, to organize eight community forums to collect maritime-related stories: $5,000
  • Johnson Hall, to hire a development coordinator to provide professional  staff support: $5,000
  • Kennebec Valley Art Association, to support “It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence II”:  $4,200
  • Lincoln County Children’s Services, to achieve National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation: $4,700
  • Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community, to help micro-entrepreneurs reduce their risk, protect personal and business assets, and improve sustainability: $10,000
  • Maine Children’s Alliance, to improve capacity by supporting  planning, implementation, and training related to technology upgrades: $10,000
  • Maine Commission for Community Service, to support certification of 12 Service Enterprise trainers: $ 10,000
  • Maine Dental Health Out-Reach, Inc., to focus efforts on resource development: $10,000
  • Maine Department of Corrections, to implement an evidence-based graduated sanction that will reduce jail overcrowding and recidivism by adults on probation in Maine: $10,000
  • Maine Humanities Council, to support the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative: $5,000
  • Maine Lakes Society, to expand the LakeSmart Campaign for Social Marketing and Community Stewardship: $10,000
  • Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, for a strategic development and capacity-building plan: $10,000
  • Out As I Want to Be, to build community capacity for an ongoing drop-in program in Lincoln County for LGBTQ youth: $7,000
  • Penobscot Theatre Company, to support implementation of the school residence program: $7,500
  • St. Andre Home, Inc., to develop a personal and economic development curriculum for survivors of human trafficking by identifying and utilizing community partnerships: $10,000
  • Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation, to employ technology to improve educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged Maine children: $10,000
  • Teens to Trails, to support a professional consultant to facilitate its first full board/staff strategic planning session: $3,084
  • Maine Historical Society, to create a new program that will help Maine teachers learn to teach students to read and analyze primary source documents: $7,500.

2014 Grants

  • ArtVan, for a new development director to work with the founder/executive director to oversee internal functioning and move the organization forward: $10,000
  • FARMS, to support a new youth program coordinator position for one year: $5,000
  • Food AND Medicine Education Fund, to expand the Community Supported Farmers Markets program with three new farmers markets: $8,000
  • Forest Guild, to empower Maine's women woodland owners with knowledge and tools to make informed decisions about their woodlands: $5,000
  • Gedakina, Inc., to revitalize the sustainable practice of gathering and harvesting foods from nature, reducing food insecurity and improving the diets of Maine's indigenous people: $10,000
  • GrowSmart Maine, to create an easier way for Mainers to strengthen their hometowns by providing a concierge service for community revitalization: $10,000
  • Long Branch Community, Inc., for the Home Suite Home project and construction of a mobile "tiny home" as a platform to learn self-reliance skills and a pilot for affordable housing in Maine and housing option for the homeless: $10,000
  • Maine Association of Nonprofits, to expand training opportunities for Maine nonprofit leaders through technology, curriculum development, and partnerships: $5,000
  • Maine Center for Economic Policy, to improve access to quality pre-K education in Maine: $7,500
  • Maine Coast Heritage Trust, to support a conservation and community planning initiative: $10,000
  • Maine Development Foundation, to hire professional assistance to survey and analyze the effectiveness of the Maine Downtown Network program: $10,000
  • Maine Grain Alliance, for the Seed Saver Project: $10,000
  • Maine Humanities Council, to support "Domestic Violence: Difficult Conversations Through  Theater and Discussion: $5,000
  • Maine Wabanaki REACH Coalition, to build more trauma resilience and resolution skills in Wabanaki communities: $10,000
  • Mount Vernon Community Partnership, for Mount Vernon, Fayette, and Vienna to hire a community planner to develop a plan to provide transportation for seniors and others who don't drive: $6,500
  • Penobscot East Resource Center, to facilitate fishermen's participation in the Eastern Maine Skippers Program with their local high schools in Knox, Hancock, and Washington counties: $5,000
  • Pine Tree Legal Assistance, for matching funds to support a new intake coordinator position to improve legal services for an estimated 15,000 people: $10,000
  • Slow Money Maine, to strengthen network infrastructure and enhance sustainability: $3,000
  • The Beacon Project, to support Train the Trainer: $7,600
  • University of Maine School of Law Foundation, to support implementation of an outreach and distribution plan for a pro se asylum manual developed by the Law
  • School's Refugee and Human Rights Clinic in collaboration with the Maine-based nonprofit organization Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project: $9,965
  • Waterville Inclusive Community Project, for area youth to devise and perform a one-hour community performance: $8,700

2013 Grants

  • Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, to support the IndiVisible Project: $4,600
  • Americans Who Tell the Truth, Brooksville, to offer teacher training to integrate Americans Who Tell the Truth materials into the Maine Common Core of Learning: $10,000
  • Bigelow Laboratory, for Ocean Sciences, East Boothbay, to support the "Exploring Oceanography" professional development program: $5,000
  • Central Maine Area Agency on Aging, Augusta, to support “East Meets West: Geriatric Fitness and Functional Movement Program”: $7,000
  • Coastal Trans Inc., Rockland, to support online technology to simplify access to and tracking of the Transportation Coupon Program and also a portion of the local match for federal funding that covers 80 percent  of the salary and benefits of its mobility manager: $5,580
  • Cornerstones of Science, Brunswick, to support the Science Provider Network, an online interactive database and support program for Maine's public libraries: $10,000
  • Deer Isle - Stonington High School, Deer Isle, to develop a Marine Studies Pathway at Deer Isle-Stonington and surrounding coastal high schools: $10,000
  • Environmental Health Strategy Center, Portland, to create a new strategic plan with three- to five-year goals that has organization-wide support and builds consensus around a sustainable business model for the organization: $10,000
  • Healthy Kids A Family Resource Network, Damariscotta, to improve the capacity of Healthy Kids in reaching a broader client base through the use of volunteers and technology: $1,800
  • Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation, Newry, to hire a professional web development company to design, build, launch, and support a completely new version of the website: $3,250
  • Maine Arts Commission, Augusta, to develop an International Cultural Conference to be held October 17 to 19, 2013: $10,000
  • Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community, Augusta, to support the online Career Exploration class that  targets incumbent workers and adult learners in rural Maine: $10,000
  • Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, Portland, to complete a thorough strategic planning process for organizational mission revision: $5,000
  • Maine Film Center, Waterville, to pilot "Community Lens,” a monthly, year-round documentary film series: $2,500
  • Maine Grain Alliance, Skowhegan, to support the Seed Saver Project, which will increase the variety and quantities of human-grade wheat seed available to Maine farmers to cultivate for commercial sales, including heirloom varieties: $2,070
  • Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, Old Town, to build the capacity of the alliance through improved websites and internet marketing:$10,000
  • Maine Women's Policy Center, Augusta, to support the Maine Women’s Leadership Summit on Economic Security: $5,000
  • Medomak Valley High School, Waldoboro, to support the Heirloom Seed Project, which will expand the Teen Agricultural Crew and summer programming: $7,500
  • Merrymeeting Arts Center, Bowdoinham, to support a strategic long-range plan for the center: $5,000
  • Midcoast Printmakers Inc., Damariscotta, to support three diverse community groups and low-income people who otherwise would not be able to attend the studio to learn printmaking skills: $1,000
  • Penobscot East Resource Center, Stonington, to develop graphic materials for lobstermen online and in print about handling lobster for quality and minimizing mortality in the market chain: $9,700
  • Slow Money Maine, Camden, to strengthen network infrastructure and assess ongoing needs as it deepens and broadens collaborative forms of building sustainable food systems: $7,000
  • Waterville Inclusive Community Project, Waterville, to create and disseminate, in Maine and nationally, a community action kit for use by schools and community organizations to create systemic change that results in safe and welcoming communities for LGBTQ youth: $10,000
  • Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells, to support a three-day Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Training led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: $7,000

2012 Grants

  • Bath Housing Development Corporation, Bath, to support the Life Balance Project, which focuses on improving the quality of life and level of independence of low-income elderly and disabled residents of the Bath Housing Development Corporation/Bath Housing Authority: $3,500
  • Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, Belgrade Lakes, to build capacity to administer education and outreach programs at the new Maine Lakes Resource Center: $5,400
  • 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 areas: $3,625
  • Central Maine Area Agency on Aging, Augusta, for We Sustain Maine, a new initiative of Spectrum Generations' Meals On Wheels program designed to reduce senior hunger and improve the nutrition and taste of Meals On Wheels food while supporting Maine's agriculture: $10,000
  • Coastal Humane Society, Brunswick, for a public assistance program to serve pets/families in the community who are experiencing financial hardship: $4,375
  • Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association, Jefferson, to support capacity building in order to enhance sustainability and pursue accreditation through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission: $3,600
  • Damariscotta River Association, Damariscotta, for the DRA "DEEP Water Quality" project, which monitors the Damariscotta River's water quality and provides youth with experience in stewardship activities: $9,800
  • Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Bangor, to assist a coalition of nonprofits in eastern Maine with marketing, web development, communications, inter-agency collaboration, and fundraising: $5,000
  • Environmental Health Strategy Center, Portland,to support a statewide initiative involving the creation of three new advisory councils and a new internship and mentoring program: $5,000
  • Food AND Medicine Education Fund, Brewer, to expand the organization's Solidarity Harvest program: $10,000
  • Friends of Casco Bay, South Portland, to assess the vulnerability of clam flats to coastal acidification throughout Casco Bay and pursue ways clammers and other resource harvesters can easily measure pH levels in clam flat sediments: $3,750
  • Guitar Doors - Instruments of Change, Gorham, for a music program at Kennebec County Correctional Facility (Kennebec County Jail) in Augusta: $3,353
  • Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine, Bath, for a Lincoln County Weatherization, Repair and Renovation Collaborative to assist low-income homeowners: $10,000
  • Kennebec Valley Art Association, Hallowell, for capacity building in programming, planning and sustainability: $3,430
  • Maine Center for Economic Policy, Augusta, to develop and implement the Policy Development Internship program, a year-round internship to support the development and advancement of a new generation of skilled policy analysts: $10,000
  • Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, Hallowell, to provide the center's engagement editor with comprehensive training in the principles and practice of nonprofit fundraising and its senior reporter with in-depth training in computer-assisted reporting: $3,826
  • Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, Topsham, to engage and educate Maine small boat fishermen to build a stronger constituency for the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association: $10,000
  • Maine Grain Alliance, Skowhegan, to support the baking education facilitator job for one year while the Educational Baking Program and Test Kitchen become self-funding programs: $10,000
  • Maine People's Resource Center, Portland, to support the 2012 New Voters New Voices (NVNV) project, which aims to register 5,000 new voters in communities across Maine in 2012, with a focus on voters who live in low-income communities within an hour of four volunteer chapter regions in Portland, Lewiston, Augusta, and Bangor: $10,000
  • Shalom House, Inc., Portland, to reach and treat those who suffer from compulsive hoarding through a task force, communications, targeted training, and outpatient services: $7,500
  • Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation, Farmingdale, to develop 12, one-hour customized training webinars for early care and education professionals: $10,000
  • University of Maine System, Bangor, to support a partnership between UMaine's Hutchinson Center and four midcoast school districts to establish an "early college" dual credit summer course and work apprenticeship for high school juniors or seniors who are working to master high school standards in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and writing, for competence at the college level, and/or exploration of STEM career options: $8,108
  • Waterville Main Street, Waterville, to create and implement a regional farm-to-camp program in central Maine: $6,000
  • Youth Promise, Newcastle, to develop a Waldoboro Community Coalition to address food access and nutritional issues: $3,000

2011 Grants

  • Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, Belgrade Lake, for staffing for educational programming: $7,500
  • Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Brunswick, to support the final phase of a multi-year organizational development and capacity-building effort: $2,500
  • Community Concepts, South Paris, to support the Elder Rides program: $5,000
  • Damariscotta River Association, Damariscotta, to support the "Community Resources for Conservation Education" program: $2,000
  • Environmental Health Strategy Center, Bangor, to support transition of the organization to a 501(c)(3) in 2011: $8,608
  • Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, Peaks Island, to support the Maine Civil War Trail, comprised of 24 museums that will display themed exhibits simultaneously at 20 sites during the summer of 2013: $9,000
  • Good Will Home Association, Hinckley, to support the Very Young Naturalists Program at the L.C. Bates Museum: $2,225
  • Helping Hands with Heart, Dover-Foxcroft, to promote positive prenatal/early childhood environments for pregnant women and families in the Highlands region: $10,000
  • Independence Association, Brunswick, to support "Artist : Artist," a Spindleworks community-building mentoring program: $1,700
  • Kennebec Land Trust, Winthrop, to support the outreach programs through the Kennebec Woodland Partnership: $10,000
  • Maine Center for Economic Policy, Augusta, to support work with the Maine Hunger Initiative to reduce hunger in Maine: $5,000
  • Maine Development Foundation, Augusta, to support the expansion of the Maine Employers' Initiative to include two new regional workgroups: $10,000
  • Maine Farm to School Work Group, Norway, to support regional and statewide capacity building of the newly forming Maine Farm to School Network: $8,500
  • Maine People's Resource Center, Portland, to support the launch of a new internship program to mentor young Mainers of color to become the next generation of social change agents for the communities, our organization, and the state as a whole: $10,000
  • Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, Unity, to support the public outreach program to new service area communities: $6,250
  • Seeds of Independence, Freeport, to support the high school mentoring program: $1,900
  • Waterville Junior High School, Waterville, to create a support network for LGBTQ youth: $10,000