Grants to Green

Background

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has awarded a $1.2 million grant to the Maine Community Foundation to support replication of its “Grants to Green” program in Maine. The program will help nonprofits increase the energy efficiency of historic downtown buildings.

“One of the Maine Community Foundation’s strategic priorities is improving the quality of life and economic vitality of Maine’s downtown centers,” said Meredith Jones, former president and CEO. “This grant will help nonprofits maximize the use of important downtown buildings and reduce energy costs, allowing them to redirect scarce resources to other operations and programming.”

The  program is a collaboration of the Maine Community Foundation, Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Downtown Center, and Efficiency Maine. Other organizations involved in the planning and serving on an ongoing advisory committee include Maine Preservation, Maine Historic Preservation Commission, and Coastal Enterprises, Inc. The Maine Community Foundation is one of just two community foundations nationally chosen to replicate the program with support from the Kendeda Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Grants to Green Maine provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits located in historic buildings in downtowns in Maine. Grants to Green Maine is a partnership between the Maine Development Foundation's Maine Downtown Center, Efficiency Maine, and the Maine Community Foundation, and is funded by the Kendeda Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Purpose

This three-year program provides funding and technical assistance to Maine nonprofit organizations to undertake energy audits and make efficiency investments in owned or operated historic downtown buildings that are venues for cultural, civic, educational, or residential activities.

The ultimate goal is to improve a nonprofit organization’s building structure to not only have less environmental impact, but increase the cost-efficiency of operations, ideally saving more finances to provide more services.

Contacts:

Maine Community Foundation
Stephanie Eglinton
Senior Program Officer
seglinton@mainecf.org
(207) 412-0837

Maine Development Foundation
Anne Ball
Project Director | Grants to Green Maine
aball@mdf.org
(207) 512-4906

Efficiency Maine
Anne Stephenson
Director of Communications
anne.stephenson@efficiencymaine.org
(207)213-4158

To access further information about Grants to Green Maine, visit Grants to Green Maine.

Energy in Maine, a 2015 report from the Maine Development Foundation and University of Maine, tracks retail and industrial electricity prices for Maine and the economic implications for businesses and others who may consider relocating here.