Recent Grants: Community Building

Androscoggin County

2018 Grants
  • Advocates for Children, to deliver parenting education to rural Androscoggin County: $5,000
  • Community Dental, to use technology to expand interpreter services in Lewiston: $6,000
  • LA Arts, to develop a community-based digital arts program in downtown Lewiston that serves and features the community's diverse cultures and perspectives: $6,500
  • New Mainers Public Health Initiative, to organize 12 workshops for parents on the topic of developmental delays such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy: $7,000
  • Rural Community Action Ministry, to coordinate volunteers to provide outreach services to older and disabled people in rural areas of Androscoggin County: $3,000
  • Sustainable Livelihoods Relief Organization, to support and train a group of immigrant mothers to form a childcare co-op in Lewiston/Auburn: $7,500
2017 Grants
  • Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin, to enhance workplace literacy/conversation classes for beginner to intermediate English language adult learners by extending into the summer months and adding mentors from the business community to help students successfully connect with a good job: $957
  • Maine Boys to Men, to expand the Reducing Sexism and Violence Program to adults in Lewiston and build on existing work at Lewiston High School and Middle School: $5,000
  • New Mainers Public Health Initiative, to expand learning sessions for parents to share information and help their developmentally delayed or cognitively challenged children in medical, school, and home contexts: $3,500
  • The Center for Wisdom's Women, to further develop the herb gardening and social enterprise project to cultivate job skills, meaningful work, and ultimately income: $10,000
  • Tree Street Youth, to build the capacity of BRANCHES college-prep program through a new position focused on alumni support: $7,000
  • Safe Voices, to expand the Advocacy Beyond the School System program in Androscoggin County to increase support and prevention activities to youth who experience the violence of human trafficking and provide training and technical assistance to service providers: $3,500
2016 Grants
  • Androscoggin River Watershed Council, to support a special Family Day in Androscoggin County as part of its annual Source to Sea paddling event: $2,000
  • Center for Wisdom's Women, to build capacity in the area of social media, marketing, and communication to increase the center’s awareness and visibility: $4,688
  • Lewiston Auburn Area Housing Development Corporation, to expand the Aspirations enrichment program at the Hillview development with the addition of a food concession stand and a summer literacy program for students in Kindergarten through fourth grade: $3,330
  • New Mainers Public Health Initiative, to reach out and educate immigrant and refugee parents about a range of developmental disabilities and how they can improve their relationship with their children and their children's development: $8,000
  • Sustainable Livelihoods Relief Organization, to support “From Apartment to Lot to Greenhouse to Field to Farm,” an initiative to assist members of Lewiston’s Somali Bantu community become more educated about nutrition and healthy eating while also learning how to farm and sell their produce to become more self-sufficient: $8,500
  • YWCA of Central Maine, to support the “Positive Ethnic and Cultural Exchange” (PEACE) initiative to develop an active, multi-cultural community around social gatherings, skill sharing, and mobilizing for social change: $8,147

Aroostook County


2018 Grants
  • Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, Presque Isle, to strengthen the organization's communications capacity with techniques learned through the MaineCF FrameLab Reframing Aging initiative: $6,966
  • Association Culturelle et Historique du Mont-Carmel, Grand Isle, to develop a permanent historical exhibit on Acadian and French-Canadian folklore of the St. John Valley: $5,000
  • Loving Military Heritage Center, Limestone, to help level floors to make them safer and easier for older people: $5,000
  • Paws Animal Welfare Society, Inc., Fort Kent, to increase capacity to benefit the organization and public: $2,572
  • Putnam House, Houlton, to create an environment that will allow older people to socialize, learn, and thrive through companionship: $6,000
  • MSAD #70, Hodgdon, to expand opportunities for students to be involved in fine arts and especially drama: $5,000
  • Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum, Littleton, to create an exhibit that highlights the history of snow plowing and snow removal in Aroostook County: $10,000
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle, Presque Isle, to purchase an energy-efficient LED horticultural  lighting system for UMPI's new 2,400-square-foot greenhouse: $10,000
2017 Grants
  • MSAD 33, to create a new academic program that will create agricultural education programs centered on the design, building, and operations of a greenhouse: $10,000
  • Cary Medical Center, for free hypertension screening and diabetes prevention programs that will include training and certification of UMaine-Fort Kent nursing students and healthy cooking and fitness programs for six communities: $9,600
  • Halfway Home Pet Rescue, Inc., to improve its ability to provide emergency food and supplies, disaster relief, kenneling, and adoption services for pets: $8,700
  • Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets, to increase participation in the Women, Infants, and Children Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program in four rural communities through outreach to recipients and training for farmers: $4,452
  • Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum, to create an exhibit that highlights contributions of the Micmacs to potato harvesting in Aroostook County and that features the world's largest potato basket: $8,680
  • Town of Grand Isle, to expand the town’s capacity to provide outdoor performances and community engagement: $5,370
  • Town of Madawaska, to help the local food pantry make energy efficiency improvements that will decrease operational costs and increase funding available for programming: $6,000
2016 Grants
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle, to support purchase of technologies to create a professional development center: $10,000
  • The Aroostook Medical Center, to expand a bike path with the City of Presque Isle to increase opportunities for physical activities: $3,000
  • RSU 79, for the RSU 79 and SAD 1 Adult and Community Education kitchen project: $10,000
  • Maine Robotics, for STEM summer camps in Aroostook County: $6,240
  • Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association, to expand organic farming in Aroostook County: $9,050
  • Friends of Aroostook, for program expansion: $2,500
  • City of Presque Isle, to purchase a sound system for the public pavilion and downtown concert series: $8,800
  • Caribou Recreation Foundation, to create a new Caribou marathon race: $5,000
  • Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, Inc., to provide adult day services: $2,500

Cumberland County


2018 Grants
  • Amistad, to support strategic planning through the current period of transition: $5,000
  • Cancer Community Center, to contribute to the costs of the organization’s merger with the Dempsey Center: $5,000
  • ProsperityME: The Center for Financial Education, to support the Supporting Immigrant Tenants program that aims to remove barriers to equitable access to housing for asylum seekers and refugees: $10,000
  • Friends of Casco Bay, to revamp citizen science volunteer opportunities to help protect the health of the bay: $5,000
  • Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, to expand the capacity to utilize volunteers to maintain preserves and trails: $6,380
  • Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, to expand the diaper bank initiative: $4,000
  • Maine Inside Out, to create a leadership council for young people impacted by incarceration: $5,000
  • Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc., to support an initiative in Portland to reduce lead hazards and address issues arising from lead poisoning: $7,500
  • Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center, to partially support a new position to support the recruitment and management of volunteers: $5,000
  • Southern Maine Workers' Center, to add language interpretation to its worker support services: $3,500
  • The Center for Grieving Children, to make upgrades to IT systems to increase capacity for web-based services and work force mobility: $4,710
  • Town of Sebago, to support upgrades to the town hall kitchen, which serves as the community center for various functions, $2,500
  • Westbrook School Department, to bring the Local Stories Project to third-graders in the Canal Elementary School: $5,000
2017 Grants
  • Family Crisis Services, to support a project to update the organization’s image and materials to increase access to services: $6,000
  • Greater Portland Family Promise, to support the transportation of homeless families between the Day Center and host congregations: $9,168
  • In Her Presence, to support expansion of education and wellness programs led by immigrant women for immigrant women: $5,000
  • Lakes Environmental Association, to collaborate with community citizen scientists to expand lake depth and hydrologic data to improve understanding of lake water quality: $5,000
  • Locker Project, to create a system for volunteer management and to analyze approaches to destigmatizing use of school food pantries: $6,000
  • MemoryWorks, to implement Youth Action Teams at Cumberland County high schools that focus on service for seniors in the community: $5,000
  • New England Arab American Organization, to support the social integration of Arab immigrant families in their transition to a new culture in Maine: $5,000
  • Portland Community Squash, to help launch the new youth education program, Rally Portland: $3,800
  • The Theater Project, to build capacity for outreach by working with an audience development and marketing consultant: $6,000
  • Treehouse Institute Inc., to overcome segregation and build social capital with empathy through storytelling and dialogue: $7,500
  • Youth and Family Outreach, to train staff and implement the Teaching Strategies Gold child assessment system to more effectively measure child outcomes: $10,000
2016 Grants
  • Environmental Health Strategy Center, to participate in leadership training and assess online communications: $6,000
  • Family Crisis Services, to provide automotive repair services for victims of domestic violence: $4,000
  • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, to support a community input project as part of the strategic planning process: $6,000
  • Maine Access Immigrant Network, to support the Healthy You community support project: $9,960
  • Mayo Street Arts, to expand summer and after-school learning opportunities for underserved youth: $5,000
  • Portland Trails, to engage the community to design, create, use, and care for shared school grounds: $6,450
  • Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, for planning to complete Sebago to the Sea Trail: $5,000
  • Resilience Hub, to support the Premablitz Program: $7,650
  • Robbie Foundation, to create a two-year strategic plan to expand the organization’s work: $7,500
  • Speak Clearly Accent Reduction, to support Women and Children Learning English and Pronunciation Together: $5,000
  • The Telling Room, to expand the Young Writers & Leaders program: $5,000

Hancock County


2018 Grants
  • Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, to provide youth programming that encourages self-awareness, understanding of the natural world, and connections to Wabanaki communities in Maine: $3,000
  • Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, Ellsworth, to acquire technology to improve and expand programs and offerings disseminated in Hancock and Washington counties: $3,305
  • Castine Historical Society, Castine, to fund a mobile/native app featuring an historic tour for visitors and residents that will deepen their understanding and connection with Castine's rich history: $4,000
  • Common Good Soup Kitchen, Bar Harbor, to expand current food delivery and education programs to reach more at-risk individuals and expand service area: $7,300
  • Deer Isle Stonington Historical SocietyDeer Isle, to enhance the Deer Isle Stonington Historical Society’s capacity for professional collection care and management: $5,000
  • Downeast Conservation Network, Winter Harbor, to host a convergence of education, research, and conservation organizations and municipal leaders: $2,500
  • Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic, Ellsworth, to bring the clinic into compliance with state mandated reporting of prescriptions furnished and to better characterize the patient population: $7,323
  • Frenchman Bay Conservancy, Hancock, to produce a new guide with trail maps to engage, children, youth, and adults in outdoor recreation and conservation: $3,000
  • George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, to support work to ramp-up efforts to match GSA students with volunteer mentors in the community across a wide range of professions: $3,300
  • H.O.M.E. Inc., Orland, to purchase heat pumps for H.O.M.E.’s studios in order to revitalize H.O.M.E.’s handcraft programs and increase access to the arts for homeless and under-served residents: $7,000
  • Hancock County Auditorium Associates (The Grand), Ellsworth, to create and develop an original theater outreach program in the schools that addresses bullying and teaches leadership: $8,000
  • Heart of Ellsworth, Ellsworth, to develop a communications/marketing plan that will provide Heart of Ellsworth with the resources to brand the organization within the community: $5,000
  • Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, Ellsworth, to continue expanding services efforts, to reach more people earlier in their journeys and serve them longer with benefits that increase quality of/family life: $5,000
  • Island Housing Trust, Town Hill, to commission a study to analyze the housing needs on Mount Desert Island and to engage stakeholders and the public about solutions for the housing problem: $10,000
  • KidsPeace National Centers of New England, Inc., Ellsworth, to develop a local KidsPeace Maine Board of Associates to focus on raising support for KidsPeace and elevating the issue of children's mental health: $4,000
  • Main Street Bucksport, Bucksport, to coordinate a series of lectures called "The Buck (did not) Stop Here" featuring Bucksport High School graduates who are doing innovative and creative work: $5,250
  • Mariaville Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Mariaville, for the purchase of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) and trainers to save lives and increase the odds of survival for patients in emergency care: $2,510
  • MDI Biological Laboratory, Salsbury Cove, to build the capacity of the Community Lab to provide online citizen science tools to conservation groups throughout Maine and beyond: $5,000
  • Native Gardens of Blue Hill, Blue Hill, to create a 1,600-linear-foot network of trails throughout the campus, 736 feet of which will be ADA compliant: $7,500
  • Regional School Unit 24, Sullivan, to expand and improve a program that connects students to needs for expertise in the community and provides students with learning required to meet those needs: $8,000
  • ReTreeUS, Durham, to expand educational orchard endeavors in Hancock County, with partners in the area, and create curricula that will increase orchard-based learning opportunities for participating schools: $6,000
  • Swan's Island Lobster and Marine Museum, Swan’s Island, to fund a collaborative initiative focused on developing and building an educational exhibit around the numerous Native American artifacts found on the island: $4,000
  • Town of Lamoine, Lamoine, to expand the GET WET! household drinking water testing program to include on-site testing of water at Blunts Pond: $1,710
  • Town of Sullivan, Sullivan, to support Age-Friendly Sullivan, which will engage senior residents to develop an action plan for a livable community that promotes health, safety, independence, and community participation: $1,000
2017 Grants
  • Abbe Museum, to improve ways of learning about Wabanaki history and culture: $6,000
  • Acadia Choral Society, to equip board and membership to strengthen the organization's financial and artistic future: $3,000
  • Acadia Fire FC, Inc., to hire consultants and purchase software to build a donor base for annual appeal and track donations: $5,000
  • Bass Harbor Memorial Library, to fund a consultant to train library staff and trustees, support staff in writing grant proposals, and provide campaign support: $10,000
  • Blue Hill Heritage Trust, to fund a program and purchase materials to train local school teachers, students, and community taking part in citizen science initiatives: $4,000
  • Down East Family YMCA, to contract professional planning services for a proposed expansion: $3,000
  • Ellsworth Community Music Institute, to enhance technological resources and build a database: $4,857
  • Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic, to expand free medical coverage for uninsured and under-insured patients: $4,000
  • Ellsworth Garden Club, to engage the community in developing a green plan for the Ellsworth: $7,500
  • Families First Community Center, to design and implement life-skills programming and a mentoring program for under-resourced and/or homeless families: $5,000
  • Frenchman Bay Conservancy, to develop a design and educational programming for a new visitor education center at Tidal Falls Preserve in Hancock: $2,500
  • Hancock Grammar School, to expand efforts to address student food insecurity: $9,700
  • Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, to expand its studio-based learning program to include students from Ellsworth High School: $3,000
  • Healthy Peninsula, to coordinate a community conversation campaign where community members can discuss, document, and file their end-of-life wishes: $5,000
  • Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, to expand services to more people and serve them for a longer periods: $5,000
  • Island Heritage Trust, to build board capacity through fundraising and board fiduciary responsibility training: $2,500
  • Jesup Memorial Library, to hire a part-time person to develop and implement a plan to recruit, coordinate, and manage volunteers: $6,000
  • Local Solutions, to begin an engagement program for Parish House tenants and every adult with disabilities on Mount Desert Island: $5,000
  • Main Street Bucksport, to add an educational community engagement component to the Bucksport Arts Festival: $2,300
  • MDI Climate Solutions Group, to train volunteers to lead a community engagement process for an energy benchmarking project: $5,000
  • Mount Desert Nursing Association, to expand home health services to Mount Desert Island communities and become a Medicare-accredited home health agency: $10,000
  • Open Door Recovery Center, for child care/parenting education, and development of Hills House Residential Treatment Program: $5,000
  • Pierre Monteux Memorial Foundation, to hire a professional fundraiser/grantwriter to identify and pursue new funding sources: $4,000
  • Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, to expand the community resolution conferencing program to Hancock County: $4,028
  • Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, to develop a local citizen-based aquatic invasive-plant monitoring project for the Mount Desert Island area: $4,135
  • Special Children's Friends, Inc., to provide iPads for children with autism: $5,990
  • The Maine Granite Industry Historical Society, to purchase supplies, upgrade equipment, and acquire granite blocks to support and expand its educational program: $3,600
  • University of Maine System, Inc., to strengthen and expand the Eat Well Volunteers Outreach Program to provide fresh produce and healthy cooking/nutrition lessons to 50 additional food pantry clients: $4,389
  • Word. Blue Hill Literary Arts Festival, to create an annual literary arts festival that will promote oral and written arts throughout the Blue Hill Peninsula: $2,700
2016 Grants
  • 1932 Criterion Theatre, to strengthen the theatre for its next 84 years: $3,000
  • Abbe Museum, for the Abbe Museum online collections project: $5,000
  • Apogee Arts, to engage rural communities in development and expansion of Alison Chase Performance arts programming: $5,000
  • Brooklin Youth Corps, to repair garden fencing and purchase tools: $2,000
  • Bucksport Area Cultural Arts Society, to secure sponsorship for summer music performance series: $3,000
  • Camp Beech Cliff, to develop a new five-month school leadership program for local businesses to mentor high school youth: $4,500
  • Camp CaPella, Inc., to hire a development director to create and implement a new fundraising plan: $5,000
  • College of the Atlantic, to support Beech Hill Farm Community Kitchen planning for food processing and community education: $2,500
  • Down East Animal Rescue, to care for and prepare small animals brought to the county intake facility in Ellsworth for adoption: $10,000
  • Ellsworth Community Music Festival, for the fall festival concert series, $3,456
  • Families First Community Center, for strategic planning, program development, and financial sustainability: $5,000
  • Great Cranberry Historical Society, for the archiving project and upgrading technology and the storage filing system: $5,000
  • Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District, to create a shared, full-time education coordinator position: $2,339
  • Healthy Peninsula, to expand the Magic Bus project to an additional town on the Blue Hill Peninsula: $4,166
  • Islesford Boatworks, to expand its primary program for youth: $6,000
  • Jesup Memorial Library, to provide the board of directors training to transition to a governing board and to conduct the planned capital campaign: $3,000
  • Main Street Bucksport, to build capacity for Main Street Bucksport, a new downtown revitalization group: $4,500
  • Maine Coast Regional Health Facilities, to increase speech and language of children ages two to five through increased access to technology: $6,126
  • MDI Climate Solutions Group, to build organizational capacity to achieve energy independence for MDI in 15 years: $10,000
  • Mount Desert Island Hospital Organization, to implement non-invasive, outpatient-based therapy for major depressive disorder: $10,000
  • Northeast Historic Film, for the inaugural International Maritime Film Festival, a partnership between Northeast Historic Film and Wooden Boat Publications: $10,000
  • Opportunity Housing, Inc., to develop a Clubhouse International-accredited clubhouse in Ellsworth: $5,000
  • Peninsula Free Health Services, to increase the number of uninsured clients through expanded outreach programs, materials, surveys, and screenings: $3,000
  • Penobscot East Resource Center, Inc., to implement a new name in branding of web and print media: $5,000
  • Special Children’s Friends, Inc., to build fundraising efforts and establish an annual philanthropy program: $9,025
  • Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society, to support archival and artifact collections: $7,300
  • Town of Bucksport, to support the Heart & Soul project: $10,000
  • Town of Orland, to expand Orland’s fitness center to accommodate growing membership: $5,210

Knox County


2018 Grants
  • United Midcoast Charities, to develop a new nonprofit education series, incorporating input from nonprofits, to build their capacity to meet the needs of Knox and Waldo County residents: $1,000
  • Friends of the Strand Theatre, Inc., to create and implement a campaign to expand the outreach of the Strand’s Educational Engagement Program SEEP: $1,000
  • Watershed Institute, to create a science lab and climate change resource center in new schoolhouse: $1,435
  • Washington Historical Society Inc., to acquire equipment and storage materials to preserve and expand collection of local historic documents, photos, and memorabilia and make it more accessible to the public: $1,450
  • Vose Library, to complete library nature trail and develop a related educational program to offer free of charge to local children: $2,000
  • The Apprenticeshop, to provide financial aid for one male and one female eighth- or ninth-grade student from the midcoast region to attend the Penobscot Bay Leadership Collaborative: $2,500
  • Merryspring, Inc., to develop a “staircase trail” to enable visitors to more fully enjoy and appreciate what is currently a largely inaccessible area of our park: $3,000
  • Rockland Historical Society, to purchase a searchable, digital copy of the Courier Gazette newspaper, 1921-1970, for the Rockland Public Library website, available free online: $3,000
  • Leaps of Imagination, to fund an art/literacy program for underserved Thomaston children promote art, imaginative thinking, and literacy skills, while creating an appetite for further exploration and innovation: $5,000
  • North Haven Community School, to educate residents and visitors to North Haven, about minke whale life history and threats through articulating a skeleton for public display: $3,630
  • Ashwood Waldorf School, to provide a circus arts program to 63 first- to eighth-grade students to develop physical, emotional, and academic strengths and to strengthen school programming: $3,700
  • MCH, Inc., to expand Home to ME program services that enable older adults in Knox County to remain safely in their homes: $5,000
  • Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc., to build in new Kieve-Wavus programming for all sixth-grade students from five K-6 schools (Knox County) to help them transition to Medomak Middle School (Lincoln County): $6,150
  • Sweet Tree Arts, to expand community arts programming for after-school children ages 6-14 and family programming for children ages 2-5: $2,500
2017 Grants
  • Cooperative Development Institute, to strengthen workforce, business development, and governance skills of cooperative members and workers in the Midcoast: $2,500
  • Friends of the Thomaston Public Library, for a books/media delivery service that will deliver and retrieve media from elderly patrons unable to visit the library in person: $3,000
  • Hurricane Island Foundation, to connect the past to the present through preservation of historic and cultural assets: $1,500
  • Maine Behavioral Healthcare, to expand a community-based recovery art program in Rockland for low-income adults with mental health and/or substance use challenges: $5,000
  • Merryspring, Inc. , to construct raised beds as part of the garden network for use by physically challenged community members and others: $3,000
  • Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, to continue constructing affordable housing and build community: $7,500
  • Millay House Rockland, to support the Millay Arts and Poetry Festival: $3,000
  • MSAD 28, for a “makerspace” at Camden-Rockport Middle School: $2,000
  • The General Henry Knox Museum, to create a new Montpelier exhibit,The Thomaston Room, that will tell the history of the circa-1929 memorial, and the town that built it: $1,496
  • William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, to grow and enhance the Memory Gallery, a museum tour program for adults living with early stages of memory loss and their care partners: $2,500
  • Midcoast Recovery Coalition, to help Knox County families struggling with addiction help their children thrive and end the cycle of addiction: $3,000
  • P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, to help provide more necessary medical care for the homeless and abandoned animals: $2,000
2016 Grants
  • Camden Public Library, to transform an old shed into a year-round book sales center: $6,000
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, to support a website redesign, trail guides, and kiosk information: $1,500
  • Hurricane Island Foundation, to support Fishermen’s Academy teachers and students in targeted areas of need: $2,000
  • Island Readers & Writers, for an intergenerational literature-based program that celebrates the works of E.B. White: $4,000
  • Knox County Homeless Coalition, for additional fundraising and donor-support staff: $5,000
  • Maine Coast Heritage Trust, to expand distribution of produce grown by Teen Ag youth: $2,500
  • Rockland Historical Society, to retain a fundraising consultant: $1,400
  • Tanglewood Camp and Learning Center, to enhance trails, improve public access, and increase educational opportunities: $2,000
  • The Coastal Children’s Museum, to replace outdated systems and hardware: $3,000
  • Vinalhaven Land Trust, to create a story trail on Vinalhaven: $3,700
  • Waterman’s Community Center, to establish Fox Islands Outing Club, $3,000

Lincoln County


2018 Grants
  • LincolnHealth, for materials to improve and expand therapeutic gardening programs for elderly residents in LincolnHealth’s two, long-term care facilities: $3,250
  • Frances Perkins Center, to launch the Frances Perkins Traveling Exhibit, which includes an informative video and curriculum for middle and high school students: $4,276
  • Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, to increase the capacity and engagement of board members to solicit commitments from donors who provide operational support: $4,500
  • Harbor Theater (2017-current), formerly Friends of the Harbor Theater (2007-17), to purchase and install ADA equipment for sight- and hearing-impaired patrons attending movies: $4,714
  • Juniper Hill School for Place-Based Education, to create a concert series that highlights the diversity of Maine-based musicians: $6,400
  • Boothbay Railway Village, to create a fund development plan and case statement for the museum to ensure a sustainable financial future: $7,500
  • Central Lincoln County YMCA, to use handicap-accessible raised garden beds to teach people of all ages and abilities how to grow and cook nutritious foods to achieve a healthier lifestyle: $8,000
  • Great Salt Bay Community School, to purchase and erect a free-standing educational greenhouse at Great Salt Bay Community School in collaboration with Twin Villages Foodbank Farm: $8,000
  • Skidompha Library Association, to enhance Skidompha Library's ability to raise funds and plan community programming by hiring a part-time development officer: $9,000
  • Hearty Roots, Inc., to facilitate mindfulness and yoga programming at local nature preserves for Lincoln County youth: $9,500
2017 Grants
  • Boothbay Sea and Science Center, to fund Exploring the Science of Seaweed Farming, a 10-month classroom and seaside STEM program for grades 4, 5, and 6 at local public schools: $2,880
  • Lincoln Academy, for a garden and greenhouse program that will provide hands-on learning about sustainable agriculture: $5,000
  • Lincoln County Dental, to improve access to treatment for dental pain and infection and replacement dentures (if needed) for people in recovery from opiate addiction: $5,000
  • Medomak Valley Land Trust, to work with a facilitator to explore a merger with neighboring land trusts to have a larger conservation impact: $2,600
  • Midcoast Conservancy, to build community capacity to provide high-quality outdoor recreation and resources for youth and adults in the Midcoast region on conserved lands and waterways: $2,500
  • Twin Villages Foodbank Farm, to grow, distribute, and store nutrient-dense fresh food using organic practices for low-income residents of Lincoln County: $2,000
  • Waldo Theatre, to provide capacity building and training in sustainable fundraising, historic preservation, and arts-focused economic development for its board and other community organizations: $5,000
2016 Grants
  • Boothbay Region Health & Wellness Foundation, to improve parenting skills of parents and grandparents who take care of young children: $2,500
  • Boothbay Sea and Science Center, to foster a deeper understanding of the aquaculture industry and careers in the industry through a summer youth program: $3,000
  • Coastal Kids Preschool, to hire a development coordinator: $6,500
  • Twin Villages Foodbank Farm, to support the farm, digging in to feed its neighbors: $3,000

Oxford County


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

Penobscot County


2018 Grants
  • Bangor Historical Society, to improve the care and management of the society’s collections and increase public access through digitization: $8,496
  • Bangor Symphony Orchestra, to produce the first season of programming at the new downtown venue, the Bangor Arts Exchange: $10,000
  • Bangor Youth Ballet, to develop three classical ballet pieces appropriate for future school and community outreach as well as a production combining all three pieces: $4,000
  • City of Old Town, to expand the Comfortably Home program to provide simple home modifications to allow elderly and disabled people to safely age in place: $10,000
  • Gedakina, to strengthen organizational and staff capacity: $10,000
  • Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, to assist individuals in Bangor to build a pathway to stability through work: $10,000
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor, to expand the number of families served by building the first multi-family housing structure: $10,000
  • Jobs with Justice Education Fund, to provide organizational development for the new Food Access Committee and expand community gardens: $4,500
  • Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, to incorporate best practice family literacy research to support adult students as they work towards escaping poverty through education: $10,000
  • Millinocket Memorial Library, to help build the Katahdin Gear Hub, a project to engage the community in multi-generational programming by improving access to outdoor recreation in the region: $10,000
  • Northern Forest Center, to contribute to Millinocket’s revitalization by purchasing, renovating, and reselling homes in the downtown, setting a new quality standard for housing and attracting new residents: $10,000
  • Old Town Recreation Center, to promote and increase literacy, STEM programming, and academic performance through afterschool and summer camp programs: $10,000
  • Penquis CAP, to conduct a pilot that delivers support to individuals who have been incarcerated and are returning to community life in Penobscot County: $10,000
  • St. Joseph Hospital, to add nurses to the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) nurses program to help treat more patients and document cases: $9,600
  • United Way of Eastern Maine, to build the Volunteer Center’s capacity to enable building volunteerism capacity in other organizations: $10,000
  • YMCA Bangor, to provide mental health interventions and services to youth: $9,945
2017 Grants
  • Bangor YMCA, to expand the Caring Connection Program to support men's cancer survivors: $7,590
  • Community Health and Counseling Services, for art groups at local senior housing sites: $5,200
  • Down East AIDS Network, to strengthen the Health Equity Alliance's overdose reversal medication distribution program and enhance access to treatment and recovery services: $50,000
  • Families and Children Together, to produce videos to be shared through YouTube and Facebook to change the perception of addiction and recovery: $8,760
  • Four Directions Development Corporation, to conduct an assessment of on-reservation lending models and assess the lending potential in the Maliseet community: $5,000
  • Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, to enhance the family literacy program through a multigenerational approach to education: $10,000
  • Newport Public Library Association, to promote exploration of the natural world through a project that combines science-based programming and hands-on activities: $5,000
  • Our Katahdin, to commission a site plan for the former Millinocket paper mill site: $10,000
  • Penobscot Community Health Care, Inc., to support medication-assisted treatment, including Suboxone induction, primary care services, and mental health counseling: $50,000
  • Penquis CAP, Inc., to provide financial education and coaching to parents or guardians of enrolled children: $6,244
  • The Maine Multicultural Center, to encourage the economic development and business opportunities that immigrants spark and provide assistance to acclimate and connect immigrant populations to Eastern Maine: $10,000
  • Town of Veazie, to improve the Veazie Community Garden to promote healthy lifestyles and mitigate food insecurity: $3,924
  • Wellspring, Inc., to provide supportive services for clients who have completed the residential addiction treatment program and are moving into the transitional housing program: $8,000
2016 Grants
  • Acadia Hospital Corp., for the Primary Care Suboxone Training pilot project: $50,000
  • Bangor Area Recovery Network, for a telephone recovery service: $23,100
  • Bangor Public Health & Community Services, to support Community Health Leadership Board efforts to address and improve substance use disorder outcomes in Greater Bangor: $10,000
  • Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, to support "Poverty Project: Building Bridges and Removing Barriers to Literacy": $10,000
  • Penobscot Community Health Care, to assess patient outcomes and patient/family experiences with the Champ program: $10,000
  • Bangor Symphony Orchestra, to expand staff that will focus on education and outreach: $10,000
  • Brewer School Department, to transform 11 acres of town-owned space into an active sugar bush that will support natural resource-based curriculum: $5,650
  • Food AND Medicine Education Fund, for the Community Leadership Development Institute: $10,000
  • Friends of Baxter State Park, to develop and launch the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps: $10,000
  • Our Katahdin, to create a vision and improvement plan for the downtown corridor of the Katahdin region: $10,000
  • Penobscot Theatre Company, to develop and implement a new dramatic education program at the Indian Island School and expand access to professional works of theater: $9,000
  • Penquis CAP, Inc., to purchase supplies and equipment to establish the Penquis Children’s Advocacy Center that addresses child sexual abuse and promotes safety and healing for children and families: $2,000

Piscataquis County


2018 Grants
  • Elder Abuse Institute of Maine, to develop and implement a pilot train-the-trainer ambassador program with volunteers in Piscataquis County to raise awareness of the abuse, neglect and exploitation of elders: $9,000
  • Moosehead Marine Museum, to implement educational programming for Piscataquis County students and visitors in partnership with Appalachian Mountain Club and the Natural Resources Education Center: $10,000
  • Natural Resource Education Center at Moosehead, to construct a replica of the fire warden's cabin on Big Moose Mountain that will also serve as a warming hut for the after-school ski program: $7,000
  • Pine Tree Hospice, to solidify an end-of-life care and planning program by training volunteers to be proficient at holding poignant conversations: $5,754
  • Piscataquis Regional Food Center, to build and equip a food processing and training area to be used to deliver food-related training and education for low-income community members and farmers: $10,000
  • RSU 68 SeDoMoCha Middle School, to build a metals program for students in grades 5-8 and the surrounding community through the adult education program: $3,000
  • Thompson Free Library, to bring oral history documentation to the community with the support of students and other community members recording conversations with our county's eldest members: $8,500
  • Town of Sangerville, to assist in growing a community concert series located at the newly renovated and expanded Sangerville Veterans Memorial Park: $2,400
2017 Grants
  • Center Theatre, Inc., to bring professional theater instructors to work with area schools on Center Theatre's 2018 One-Act Play Festival: $3,150
  • Charlotte White Center, for the Piscataquis Thriving in Place Collaborative to help towns develop age-friendly community plans: $10,000
  • Maine Highlands Senior Center, for Senior Commons Community Conversations to encourage community participation in program development for the new senior commons: $10,000
  • Maine Mathematics Science and Engineering Talent Search, to support an after-school program that connects students to college- and trade-bound pathways: $3,750
  • MSAD 68, to provide students additional co-curricular opportunities that support healthy lifestyles: $8,395
  • Pine Tree Hospice, to increase volunteer recruitment and support: $7,848
2016 Grants
  • Brownville and Brownville Junction Historical Society, to improve the historical museum: $4,164
  • Charlotte White Center, to create a mobile technology classroom through purchase of 13 laptops: $10,000
  • Greenville School Department, to support the Downhill Ski Education Program: $3,335
  • JD Foundation, to support a retreat for grieving women following suicide of a spouse: $7,136
  • Monson Historical Society, to implement the Past Perfect software program: $3,470
  • Moosehead Marine Museum, for the Moosehead Marine Museum catalog project: $10,000
  • Penquis CAP, Inc., to purchase equipment and supplies to establish the Penquis Children’s Advocacy Center, a multi-disciplinary approach to address child sexual abuse and promote safety and healing for children and families: $2,528
  • Piscataquis Regional YMCA, to expand the YMCA’s child care programs to Greenville: $5,000
  • Town of Greenville, to support a downtown revitalization plan for the town: $10,000

Waldo County


2018 Grants
  • Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, Belfast, to replace broken bog bridges with cedar planks along the Little River Community Trail: $5,300
  • Belfast Museum, Inc., Belfast, to publish a book of interviews and photographs of Waldo County seniors that first appeared as “Fireside Chats” in the Waldo Independent newspaper in the 1990s: $3,000
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Camden, to improve visibility, use, and enjoyment of Coastal Mountains Land Trust Preserves in Waldo County: $1,200
  • Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, Belfast, to hold five theater performances and discussions illustrating the importance of planning for end-of-life health care choices followed by workshops to complete advance care plans: $6,000
  • Maine Ocean School Foundation, Searsport, to support a summer outreach marketing campaign to spread the vision and mission of Maine Ocean School to solicit needed support: $2,500
  • Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, to develop an oral history project, partnering with RSU 20 students and residents in local senior living facilities using historic photos as a catalyst: $7,000
  • RSU#7, Belfast, to formalize a garden-based educational program at Captain Albert Stevens School, which would spread outward to the other elementary schools in RSU#71: $7,000
  • Waldo Community Action Partners, Belfast, to enhance connections with families to strengthen literacy skills in parents and children, community ties, and parent-teacher relationships: $3,748
  • Waterfall Arts, Belfast, to further expand reach to youth and active older adults through a pilot program, Create Now, and expansion of the Youth & Family Outreach Program: $3,000
2017 Grants
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, to engage Waldo County communities in land conservation, stewardship, and access: $1,500
  • Cooperative Development Institute, to strengthen workforce, business development, and governance skills of cooperative members and workers in the Midcoast: $3,500
  • Friends of Sears Island, to expand educational programming: $1,457
  • Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County, to provide nine workshops designed to increase access to safe, decent, affordable home ownership options for low-income Waldo County residents: $4,576
  • Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc., to expand the Educator-in-Residence Program to two educators at Searsport School in Waldo County: $3,500
  • Maine Youth Alliance, to create a structured training program for volunteer teen mentors who serve in one or more of the Game Loft's special programs: $3,500
  • Midcoast Conservancy, to build community capacity to provide high-quality outdoor recreation and resources for youth and adults in the Midcoast region: $3,000
  • Unity Barn Raisers, to expand the western Waldo County Gleaning Initiative, launched in 2016: $4,590
  • Waldo County Woodshed, to purchase a firewood conveyor system to increase firewood production and delivery services: $7,400
  • Waterfall Arts, to support the exhibition ARRIVAL: Work by and About New Mainers, as well as exhibition-related activities and performances: $4,000
2016 Grants
  • Creative Learning and Performance, Inc., for administrative support to develop its website and strengthen fundraising activities: $2,500
  • Free Range Music Series, for support to relaunch the former Free Range Music Festival as a year-round music series: $3,000
  • Friends of Belfast Parks, to establish a 30-foot, handicapped-accessible paved labyrinth in Belfast Common: $2,000
  • Maine Farmland Trust, to support the transition to a sustainable staffing structure for Veggies for All : $5,000
  • Maine Organic Farmer & Gardeners Association, for the project Inspiring Landowners: Impact Forestry and Chainsaw Safety: $3,000
  • Penobscot Marine Museum, to support the 2016 exhibit, “Wish You Were Here”: $2,800
  • RSU 22, to provide transportation for the Wagner Middle School after-school program: $4,000
  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension – Waldo County, to strengthen and expand Waldo County FoodCorps programming: $4,500
  • Waldo Community Action Partners, to support “Bringing Home into the Classroom, Bringing the Classroom Home”: $1,000
  • Waldo County Domestic Violence Community Response Team, to fulfill the emergency needs of domestic violence victims: $5,030
  • Waldo County Trails Coalition, to engage the community in completing and utilizing the Hills to Sea Trail: $2,650

Washington County


2018 Grants
  • Axiom Education & Training Center, Machias, to deliver educational services to the immigrant population in Western Washington County, which will include English for speakers of other languages, civics, and digital literacy: $10,000
  • Cherryfield Ambulance Service, Cherryfield, to expand trauma training for all EMS providers and provide equipment and training for firefighter rehabilitation: $4,500
  • Cobscook Community Learning Center, Trescott, to design and facilitate a series of strategic listening sessions with constituents and stakeholders: $6,000
  • Down East Hospice VolunteersCalais, to provide educational opportunities for staff, volunteers, and the community, and to implement a new model for grief support groups: $7,500
  • DownEast Acadia Regional Tourism, Milbridge, to build organizational capacity to expand partnerships, collaborations, sponsorships, and networks: $5,000
  • Downeast Institute, Beals, to strengthen outreach through the design and development of an email newsletter and organizational brochure: $9,933
  • Downeast Lakes Land Trust, Grand Lake Stream, to support DLLT's two-year pilot project, Downeast Lakes Future Conservation Leaders Program: $10,000
  • Downeast Salmon FederationColumbia Falls, to sponsor high school student participation in the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Schools Network: $9,995
  • Gateway: Milbridge, Milbridge, to hire consultants for board member training and guidance in board expansion/development: $5,000
  • Harald Saeverud Music ProgramEastport, to create, produce, and present the children's opera "Brundibar" to up to 1,500 children in 18 Washington County schools: $8,450
  • Healthy Acadia, Ellsworth, to develop a pilot teen agriculture program to employ youth to support gleaning efforts at farms and gardens in Washington County: $5,000
  • Lamb House, Cherryfield, to conduct board development and training, increase volunteer capacity,  prepare a strategic plan, and continue increasing fundraising capacity: $10,000
  • Maine Alliance for Arts Education, Augusta, to pilot classroom teacher-centered, arts-integrated education at Eastport Elementary School: $10,000
  • Pembroke Trotting Association, Pembroke, to build an outdoor stage for music and children's drama productions: $4,231
  • Quoddy Tides FoundationEastport, to create new capacity in the region through an inaugural early music ensemble festival: $5,000
  • Raye's Mustard Mill Museum, Eastport, to proceed with strategic planning to ensure solid footing to launch the museum and its programming: $10,000
  • Washington Academy, East Machias, to integrate the use of multi-use graphic tablets (iPads) to support skill-focused learning and training for emerging careers: $10,000
  • Washington County Community College, Calais, to provide outdoor programming and equipment to support local high school outing clubs: $9,959
  • Women's Health Resource Library, Milbridge, to increase organizational strength, efficiency, and capacity by hiring a part-time intern to assist with growing needs as WHRL expands its reach in the community: $9,900
2017 Grants

  • Citizens Organization for Rural Education, to expand how findings from the Economic Impact Study on School Closure are shared throughout the East Grand School District: $4,000
  • Down East Hospice Volunteers, to expand outreach efforts to better educate the public about what the hospice offers and to recruit more volunteers: $7,500
  • Downeast Lakes Land Trust, to enhance community outreach through development of a visitor's guide brochure and new website: $10,000
  • Hand in Hand / Mano en Mano, to provide a one-week bilingual summer program with the Maine Outdoor School to 30 children in western Washington County: $7,000
  • Internity, to create an incubator office where entrepreneurs, underemployed, and unemployed veterans and community members can develop long-term, successful businesses: $4,450
  • Lubec Community Outreach Center, to implement a fundraising plan and further develop volunteer capacity: $5,200
  • Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets, to increase participation in the Women, Infants, and Children Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program in four rural communities: $4,452
  • Quoddy Tides Foundation, to develop a Place Over Time walking tour and related materials for Tides Institute Museum of Art’s six historic buildings: $6,000
  • RSU 84, to offer a three-day institute for elementary teachers as part of the Natural Resources Program and Pathway plan at East Grand School: $10,000
  • University of Maine System, Inc., to strengthen and expand the Eat Well Volunteers Outreach Program to provide fresh produce and healthy cooking/nutrition lessons to 50 additional food pantry clients: $2,500
  • Washington County Children's Chorus, to support a cultural, musical, and historical immersion experience for 30 youth, ages 7-19, focused on community experiences of World War II occupation, Burgundy, France: $10,000
  • Womens Health Resource Library, for Milbridge Commons, a community park designed to transform community health: $10,000
  • Friends of the Boat School Marine Trades Development Corporation, to develop a business plan that reflects its expanded mission and capacity to raise funds: $2,500
  • Shead High School, to restore the school greenhouse as a year-round growing/learning center for all students of Eastport Schools and the community: $9,805
2016 Grants
  • Axiom Education and Training Center, to purchase LEGO and robotics equipment and curriculum to create programs to help youth engage in STEM activities, $8,438
  • Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition, for signs to identify historical districts and points of interest: $5,000
  • Child and Family Opportunities, Inc., to fund early education for Family Futures Downeast project: $10,000
  • Cobscook Community Learning Center, to expand the two-year alternative high school program to a four-year alternative program: $10,000
  • Down East Community Hospital, to support training, education, and certification of a therapist in treatment of lymphedema patients: $6,537
  • Down East Hospice Volunteers, for bereavement support and volunteer training: $6,000
  • Downeast Salmon Federation, to develop a collaborative relationship with the University of Maine at Machias: $3,000
  • First Congregational Church of Cherryfield UCC, to support a new emergency family center: $6,000
  • Gateway: Milbridge, for a business and funding plan for the Milbridge Theatre: $10,000
  • Greater Eastport Ecumenical Churches Association, for the Labor of Love Nutrition Center and Food Pantry: $7,000
  • Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District, to support the Downeast Maine marine sediment monitoring project: $2,500
  • Hand in Hand | mano en mano, for the AmeriCorps VISTA member in advocacy program: $3,200
  • Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry, to repair one of its buildings: $10,000
  • Lubec Community Outreach Center, for VISTA support: $7,000
  • Quoddy Tides Foundation, for support of “Steven Trefonides & Boston Artists: A Half-Century Legacy with the Eastern Coast of Maine”: $5,000
  • St. Croix Recreation Association, for the Calais Public Pool rehabilitation project: $10,000
  • Sunrise Opportunities, for oral health outreach at Machias-area elementary schools: $10,000
  • Washington Academy, for creation of a STEM lab for robotics, computer-assisted design, computer programming, and web design: $10,000

Western Mountains


2018 Grants
  • Franklin County Children's Task Force, to support the sexual abuse prevention strategies provided in the Healthy Relationships curriculum for children in grades K-8 in three school districts: $10,000
  • Greater Franklin Development Council, to find new methods to increase the reach, value, and relevance of existing cultural offerings in southern Franklin County: $10,000
  • High Peaks Creative Council, for regional school students to work with artists to create painted quilt-block plaques and install the community-generated public art onto roadside barns for the American Barn Quilt Trail: $5,600
  • Main Street Skowhegan in partnership with Wesserunsett Arts Council, to make the Skowhegan community more welcoming to all people through education, celebration of different heritages, and community conversations that will foster inclusion and understanding: $9,000
  • Maine School of Masonry, to purchase computers to incorporate blueprint design and other technical computer lessons to enhance overall curriculum as well as the new historic restoration/preservation program: $4,000
  • Phillips Public Library, to continue developing and expanding year-round programming for the adjacent 1894 educational building into an arts/music studio: $6,100
  • Safe Voices, to improve public health and enhance coordinated community response to domestic violence in Franklin County by increasing access to Safe Voices advocates and medical professionals: $7,200
  • Somerset Woods Trustees, to educate landowners about protection of the Kennebec River, increase recreational trail use to encourage appreciation of  the river, and increase the volunteer base and membership: $5,475
  • Wesserunsett Arts Council in partnership with Main Street Skowhegan, to make the Skowhegan community more welcoming to all people through education, celebration of different heritages, and community conversations that will foster inclusion and understanding: $9,000
2017 Grants
  • 4-H Clubs & Affiliated 4-H Organizations, to help youth pursue career aspirations in Maine forestry and agriculture: $8,000
  • Friends of L.C. Bates Museum, to plan and develop Our Feathered Friends, Maine’s Incredible Ornithology program: $1,500
  • Lake George Regional Park, to develop a fundraising plan to build capacity and ensure long-term sustainability: $10,000
  • Literacy Volunteers, to increase health literacy for adults with low reading levels: $2,540
  • Main Street Skowhegan, to fund a new position to help implement the Skowhegan Strategic Plan for Community Transformation: $10,000
  • Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, to support homebound students who are pregnant, parenting, or suffering from a disorder: $5,600
  • Maine Central Institute, to expand the Bossov Ballet Theatre summer intensive program: $4,500
  • Maine Early Learning Investment Group, to elevate quality early childhood education and effective parent engagement to break the cycle of poverty: $10,000
  • Penobscot Community Health Center, Inc., to send a licensed pharmacist to Jackman Community Health Center to perform medication management services: $10,000
  • Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, to develop a campus master plan: $5,000
  • University of Southern Maine, to develop and test health care career pathway tools for youth: $4,205
  • Western Maine Play Museum, to purchase a rocket launcher station and makerspace materials for the invention room exhibit: $7,000
2016 Grants
  • Maine Early Learning Investment Group, to elevate early education in Somerset County: $10,000
  • Maine Grain Alliance, for the Flint Corn Restoration Project: $4,750
  • Maine Huts & Trails, to offer biannual, credit-bearing internships to Maine college students as part of the Youth Experiential and Environmental programs: $4,000
  • Phillips Public Library, to develop extended programs on the second floor of the library: $4,850
  • Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society, for the archive support program: $10,000
  • Rangeley Region Health and Wellness Partnership, for Helping Elders Live in Place adult respite program: $5,000
  • Somerset Economic Development Corp., to help reduce barriers for adults in the workforce: $10,000
  • Stanley Museum, Inc., to develop a business and communication plan: $3,500
  • Town of Smithfield, to install a hood ventilation system for fire suppression: $3,500
  • Wesserunsett Arts Council, to create a cultural plan for Somerset County: $5,500
  • Western Maine Community Action, Inc., to support the Community Home Replacement Program: $10,000

York County


2018 Grants
  • Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, Westbrook, for free spay/neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations in Cumberland County: $15,000
  • Engine, Inc., to launch southern Maine's first Maker Faire on September 29, 2018, which is designed to attract families, makers, and businesses to Biddeford's downtown: $10,000
  • Ecology Education, Inc., to create and expand Saco and Biddeford Curriculum Partnership at River Bend Farm: $4,796
  • Spirit Series to expand the impact of Spirit Series in Maine and bring the program to 1,790 students in 2018-19 and 5,000 students annually statewide by 2021-22: $4,796
  • Biddeford Public School Education Foundation, to provide professional development around adverse childhood experiences to create trauma-sensitive schools and improve the lives of students and others in the community: $7,500
  • Maplestone to help develop Environmental Service Learning Expedition for MapleStone at-risk, special education students to learn and grow through environmental service learning and stewardship: $5,225
  • Kids Free to Grow, to train parents in effective parenting strategies that will strengthen family relationships and increase healthy partnerships: $3,500
  • Community Bicycle Center, to overhaul the CBC’s website to more effectively engage stakeholders and participants in its youth development mission, $3,500
  • York Hospital, to provide nursing stigma reduction and training for screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment, with a focus on nurses who treat youth under 21: $10,000
  • Saco Grange #53, to upgrade the kitchen to code and improve its use for more community events and use by other nonprofits: $5,460
  • Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, to help cover staff and overhead costs for the creation of a security deposit revolving loan fund: $5,300
2017 Grants
  • Community Bicycle Center, to assess and align programs with school standards to improve program delivery and organizational effectiveness: $1,514
  • Dance Hall, to support outreach to expand artistic programming to children, military families, and seniors in the Kittery area: $5,000
  • Heart of Biddeford, to expand the impact of the River Jam Festival to better include children, teens, and college students: $4,000
  • Junior Achievement of Maine, to present financial literacy and career training to students at Bonny Eagle Middle School: $8,000
  • Mary Hurd Academy, to expand the We Are More Than What We Know adventure-based leadership program for students by establishing a ropes course: $8,793
  • Sanford-Springvale YMCA, to pilot the Super Hero Training Academy social and emotional curriculum with young students in Sanford public schools: $5,000
  • Shalom House, to expand the Hoarding Assistance Volunteer Corps and peer-to-peer support to help meet the demand for hoarding disorder services in York County: $5,000
  • Spirit Series, Inc., to support delivery of the Spirit Series literacy and values program for fifth-grade classes at Lebanon Elementary and Knowlton Elementary: $10,000
  • The Ecology School, to support hands-on science and environmental education for students from Lebanon Elementary and Bonny Eagle Middle School: $2,000
  • Time of Wonder Early Learning Center, to organize dinner programs for families to empower and engage parents in their child’s learning: $6,500
  • United Way of York County, to improve literacy skills of students across four project sites through use of skilled volunteer readers: $7,500
  • Wells Reserve at Laudholm, to pilot, in partnership with ArtHOPE, an outdoor art therapy program to assist PTSD-afflicted veterans in southern Maine: $5,500
  • White Pine Programs, to hire a professional consultant to guide the organization through a reassessment of its mission, vision, and core values: $2,500
  • York County Community Action Corporation, to purchase and provide parent training using the mindful discipline model, Conscious Discipline: $10,000
  • York County Elder Abuse Task Force, for education and resource development for leaders that will benefit the Senior Safety Roadshow: $2,100
  • York County Shelter Programs, for the Family Matters Addiction Treatment program to counsel, support, and educate children and other family members of those struggling with addiction: $10,000
2016 Grants
  • Center for Grieving Children, to conduct outreach to volunteers and families in need of grief support in York County: $7,500
  • Heart of Biddeford, to build capacity for volunteer engagement and management: $7,000
  • HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, to support pediatric palliative care in York County: $10,000
  • Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford, to support literacy tutoring for women at the Southern Maine Re-Entry Center: $5,000
  • Old Berwick Historical Society, to support an exhibit that explores cultural upheaval on the early New England frontier: $6,000
  • Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative, for the Neighbor Initiative program: $2,500
  • Saco River Theatre, for the purchase of audio technology that allows hearing-impaired individuals to better hear performances: $2,540



2018 Grants
  • Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, Westbrook, for free spay/neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations in Cumberland County: $15,000
  • ArtVan, to support an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer to strengthen ArtVan’s volunteer program, social media sites, and database management platforms: $6,500
  • Capital Area New Mainers Project, to develop organizational capacity, raise visibility, and educate the community by training volunteers, offering community educational programs, and hosting cultural events: $10,000
  • GLSEN Southern Maine, to increase middle school LGBTQ-student clubs by reaching out to existing clubs and their advisors and provide support and training to new ones: $10,000
  • Hemophilia Alliance of Maine, to strengthen the Maine bleeding disorders community by increasing the capacities of youth, people interest in grassroots local engagement, and women’s outreach programs: $6,060
  • Kennebec Valley Dental Coalition, for upgraded technology to provide centralized data capture, storage, management, and backup with additional security for regulatory compliance: $4,000
  • Maine Center for Economic Policy, to identify racial gaps in state health care, workplace, education, welfare, and tax and budget policies so minority and immigrant community leaders can address and remove racial biases in policies: $10,000
  • Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, to develop more effective community educational, outreach, and advocacy tools to expand the home’s networks, connections, and funding base: $5,000
  • Maine Coast Fisherman’s Association, to advance the knowledge and skills of young and emerging leaders in Maine's fishing communities by creating a curriculum based on leadership, business, science, and policy: $10,000
  • Maine Humanities Council, to help those serving rural domestic violence sufferers connect with others in the field: $7368
  • Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition, to build capacity by conducting ongoing fundraising training and coaching for board, staff, and membership organizations to develop sustainable fundraising plans: $10,000
  • Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, to increase MPAC's presence in Lewiston-Auburn and southern Maine and increase alliances with grassroots activists through leadership from formerly incarcerated citizens: $10,000
  • Maine Woman’s Policy Center, to engage women and strengthen their ability to participate fully in the 2018 election cycle: $10,000
  • Maine Association of Nonprofits, to research, develop, and integrate a custom set of tools and resources that will encourage nonprofits to fulfill commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion: $10,000
  • NAMI-Maine, Inc., to create a database within the law enforcement system to track mental health-related calls: $10,000
  • New England Arab American Association, to develop skills and support networks for Arab families that minimize depression and isolation and maximize feelings of inclusion, community, and diversity: $10,000
  • Out and Allied Youth Theatre, to conduct a board retreat for Out & Allied Youth Theatre’s youth and adult members, including pre- and post-retreat activities: $10,000
  • OUT Maine, to provide specialized training for guidance counselors and mental health practitioners who work directly with LGBTQ youth and their families: $10,000
  • Pine Tree State 4-H Club Foundation, to host the National Wildlife Habitat Education program (WHEP) and event in Maine and establish a new WHEP program for Maine youth: $7,500
  • The Window Dressers, to expand the community-based, volunteer-driven, insulating window insert workshop program to six new communities: $10,000
  • United Somali Women of Maine, to increase community capacity and enhance racial equity and tolerance through community conversations, youth dialogues, and education/training: $10,000
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