Recent Grants: Hancock County Fund

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

2015 Grants

  • Artsworth, to raise public awareness of Artsworth, build organizational capacity, and develop fall 2015 programming: $3,000
  • Blue Hill Bach, to improve its ability to serve audiences, performers, and volunteers by moving from all-volunteer operations to compensation for part-time administrative, design, and production personnel and investing in computer software and equipment: $5,071
  • Bucksport Community Concerns, Inc., to build capacity for food production and food security in Hancock County: $6,500
  • Camp Beech Cliff, to create a marketing plan that will promote the camp and year-round outdoor recreation, education, community, and leadership programs of Acadia Leadership Institute: $3,000
  • Camp Capella, Inc., to complete the next phase of planning for the outdoor experience center: $5,000
  • Castine Historical Society, Inc., to celebrate the visit of the frigate Hermione through a five-day, free festival focusing on the historical and cultural significance of the area: $10,000
  • Child and Family Opportunities, Inc., to invest in a new constituent-relationship management system to aid  grantwriting , donor cultivation, and donation and grant management: $10,000
  • Community Resource Collaborative, to support the Community Navigator Program: $8,000
  • Downeast Salmon Federation, to expand smelt surveys across eastern Maine in 2015 by leading a series of “train the trainer” sessions and mobilizing a network of citizen scientists: $5,000
  • Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic, for equipment and supplies to provide diabetes education: $2,934
  • Frenchman Bay Conservancy, to reconnect with and strengthen ties to members, volunteers and communities of Hancock County through planning, building capacity, development, and outreach: $5,000
  • Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, to create a new strategic plan for 2016-2021 that includes a conservation plan: $4,800
  • Hancock County Auditorium Associates, to purchase equipment and train staff to develop videos that will enhance marketing and awareness of Grand Theater events: $5,000
  • Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations, to engage a national audience survey program to increase capacity to better understand its audiences: $3,750
  • Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, to expand digital fabrication programming and training with teachers and students in area elementary and high schools: $5,000
  • Island Culinary and Ecological Center, to explore the history of Deer Isle’s Italian community and its culinary heritage through workshops, exhibits, and a community dinner: $3,500
  • Islesford Boat Works, to expand a young adult program, formalize the curriculum, and increase enrollment: $3,000
  • Leadership Hancock County, to develop a strategic plan to implement a program that cultivates long-term alumni engagement: $3,000
  • Maine Coast Regional Health Facilities, to expand the Centers for Disease Control National Diabetes Prevention educational program: $5,095
  • Mount Desert Island YMCA, to build capacity through staff trainings and a management retreat: $4,345
  • New Surry Repertory Theatre and Acting School, to prepare the school to thrive in the future through succession and strategic planning: $5,000
  • Penobscot Marine Museum, to preserve and provide access to Commander Dudley Saltonstall’s court martial papers for his role in the Penobscot Expedition: $3,000
  • Pierre Monteux Memorial Foundation, to catalog and store archival material to provide community access to the artistic history of internationally renowned conductor Maestro Pierre Monteux, $5,000
  • Salt Pond Community Broadcasting Company, to conduct research that will allow WERU to undertake informed strategic planning, particularly around programming, community engagement, and development: $6,000
  • Southwest Harbor Public Library, to increase staffing to oversee and implement four new outreach services: a library presence in two local medical centers, a book and story time delivery to three local child care locations, increased programming to Camp MAX, and a collaboration with Pemetic Elementary School to share a summer school teacher with the library’s summer literacy program: $6,165
  • The Next Step Domestic Violence Project, to strengthen operations through acquisition and integrated use of updated technology and board development: $9,960
  • Town of Orland, to purchase equipment to open a fitness center at the Orland Community Center: $10,000
  • Washington Hancock Community Agency, for the Back Pack weekend food program for Ellsworth Middle School: $5,000
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    2014 Grants

    • Blue Hill Bach, to support the Young Artist Fellowship: $1,100
    • Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Inc., to support Stepping into the Future program: $2,000
    • Child and Family Opportunities, Inc., to engage a qualified consultant for an environmental analysis and feasibility study of day care availability: $5,000
    • City of Ellsworth, to expand accessibility to programs for seniors, youth, and the broader community by renovating and equipping the Moore Community Center: $2,000
    • Covenant Community Land Trust, for website development and promotional materials to increase capacity: $4,000
    • Deer Isle-Stonington High School, for curriculum and staff development for the Arts Pathway at Deer-Isle Stonington High School: $3,500
    • Downeast Family YMCA, to offer a community indoor play space to provide children of all developmental abilities an opportunity to improve their physical well-being: $2,500
    • Ellsworth Community Music Institute, to create a dynamic program website: $1,500
    • Ellsworth Historical Society, for an archival office to digitally document and archive museum collections: $2,096
    • Frenchman Bay Regional Shellfish Committee, to support the Green Crab Control Project: $6,000
    • Friends in Action, to support nutrition and wellness programs at the former Moore school facility in Ellsworth: $7,500
    • Friends of Acadia, to develop a website about all aspects of the community celebration of Acadia National Park's centennial in 2016: $2,000
    • Friends of Taunton Bay, to develop a series of backpacks with educational resources for children of all ages: $2,425
    • Great Harbor Collection, Inc., for a website to assist the museum as it preserves and celebrates the maritime heritage of the Greater Mount Desert region through exhibits and programs: $2,000
    • Habitat for Humanity International,Inc., to fund Habitat for Humanity International Restore training as management transitions: $3,000
    • Harborside Shakespeare Company, to support the 2014 summer production of "Hamlet" at multiple venues in Hancock County    $2,000
    • Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, to expand the Veterans and Caregivers Outreach Program    $2,400
    • Institute for Humane Education, for the Community Solutions Through Human Education program in partnership with Healthy Acadia    $2,000
    • Island Heritage Trust,  to support the hiring of a graphic designer    $5,000
    • Island Housing Trust, to research and design a rental assistance program    $4,525
    • Jesup Memorial Library, to engage the community more fully through focused communications    $2,506
    • Maine Audubon Society, to expand capacity at Fields Pond Audubon Center to increase the scope and effectiveness of the environmental outreach to schools: $3,000
    • Maine Coast Regional Health Facilities, to create and implement an oral health program through the MCMH dental clinic, focused on senior citizens in Hancock and Washington counties: $8,000
    • Maine Pretrial Services, Inc., to provide peer mentor services as a three-year pilot program to clients of the Hancock County Adult Drug Treatment Court :$10,000
    • Mount Desert Island YMCA, for the Active Older Adult Program:$1,500
    • Open Door Recovery Center, to provide addiction treatment for individuals who are incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and who have requested services from Open Door: $5,000
    • Opera House Arts, to support the Bridge Project/The Last Ferryman, a new performance work and community project: $5,000
    • Pemetic Elementary School, to construct a year-round greenhouse on the Pemetic Elementary School grounds: $5,000
    • Peninsula Free Health, to continue development of the free health clinic on the Blue Hill peninsula: $4,000
    • Reversing Falls Sanctuary, for the Reversing Falls Sanctuary Farm/Arts Exchange: $3,200
    • Schoodic Arts for All, for training and infrastructure for staff and board in the the areas of financial management and understanding, board development, and leadership: $5,229
    • Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, to support the Citizen Science Corp program: $4,000
    • Southwest Harbor Public Library, to hire a part-time literacy coordinator: $5,000

    2013 Grants

    • Acadia Family Center, Southwest Harbor, for an on-site 10-week substance use prevention education series at middle schools in Hancock County: $8,000
    • Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Blue Hill, to create a trail system and develop public access at a conserved property in Brooklin: $4,100
    • Camp Capella, Holden, to support on-site medical staff, allowing the camp to enroll additional overnight campers and expand its client and fundraising base: $4,000
    • City of Ellsworth, Ellsworth, for the design and creation of historical interpretive displays, sign and plant labels for the Knowlton Park: $4,000
    • Community Health & Counseling Services, Ellsworth, to provide resource family support groups in Hancock County: $2,250
    • Frenchman Bay Conservancy, Hancock, to commission a study that generates information on the economic impact of conservation in Hancock and Washington counties through the Down East Research and Education Network: $5,000
    • Frenchman Bay Regional Shellfish Committee, Ellsworth, to support the 610 Project, which will build capacity to initiate watershed surveys and work towards opening all 610 acres of closed clam flats in Frenchman Bay: $7,500
    • Friends of Blue Hill Bay, Blue Hill, to launch a citizen-scientist effort to monitor shore life: $5,000
    • Friends of Taunton Bay, Hancock, to expand collaboration with related organizations, improve exhibits, maintain a weather station, and provide educational programs to youth and adults: $4,000
    • Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, Orland, for a series of public outreach efforts to celebrate the organization's 20th year: $1,000
    • Habitat for Humanity, Ellsworth, to build Habitat's Home #18 in Sedgwick, engaging 12 churches in fundraising and providing the labor: $9,500
    • Hancock County Auditorium Associates, Ellsworth, to improve patron services by purchasing programs & equipment for streamlined ticketing and donor stewardship: $1,500
    • Harbor House, Southwest Harbor, to fund a facilitated retreat; follow up planning sessions to develop a fundraising strategy for annual support, planned giving, and potential capital projects; and graphic design with production of marketing materials to share with prospects: $6,000
    • Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, to support Haystack's studio-based learning program: $5,000
    • Healthy Peninsula, Sedgwick, to support early childhood health fairs and the Annual Early Childhood Conference: $5,000
    • Institute for Humane Education, Surry, to support "Community Solutions Through Humane Education": $2,000
    • Island Readers and Writers, Mount Desert, to support the Island Book & Author program, bringing Penobscot children's author and basket weaver, Lee DeCora Francis, together with children attending selected schools in Washington and Hancock Counties: $2,322
    • Mount Desert Island Historical Society, Mount Desert, to sail the replica Chebacco boat Lewis H. Story, a traditional 18th-century working vessel, from Gloucester, Mass., to Mount Desert Island, retracing the historical journey of the Somes family in 1761: $1,000
    • Opera House Arts, Stonington, to expand staff and volunteer support for its arts integrated learning program: $5,000
    • Salt Pond Community Broadcasting Company, Orland, to create a WERU 25th Anniversary Video that will be a professionally produced, broadcast-quality program in several format lengths: $5,000
    • Southwest Harbor Public Library, Southwest Harbor, to contract a community literacy coordinator to build strong working relationships with other local organizations and to fund additional time for library staff and key Summer Story Camp personnel to develop a more comprehensive program: $5,000
    • Sumner Memorial High School, Sullivan, to improve the appearance and taste of the drinking water at the school and to educate the SMHS community about the benefits of drinking water, so that students, staff, and the greater school community will drink more water: $6,000
    • Swan's Island Educational Society, Swan's Island, to develop a user- and volunteer-friendly website that is compatible with the many web access devices that are currently being used: $2,000
    • The Ark, Cherryfield, for PiPpY (Positively inspiring Pet programs for Youths), a program to enhance youth awareness of animal welfare through education, artistic expression, and the experience of shelter life itself: $2,000
    • Town of Brooklin, Brooklin, to support Town's Tennis Courts for Brooklin Committee in the construction of two all-weather tennis courts on the Brooklin School grounds for public and school use: $1,000

    2012 Grants

    • Acadia Choral Society, Ellsworth, to cover the rental fee for Gates Auditorium (College of the Atlantic) as a venue for a fundraising concert in June: $265
    • Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, Ellsworth, to develop an organizational transition plan: $1,500
    • Cancer Support Center of Maine, Bucksport, to provide cancer risk reduction education to community members in response to high cancer rates in our community: $2,500
    • Castine Scientific Society, Castine, to develop, implement and promote a competitive game of trivia based on local history of what once was Majabigwaduce -- now the towns of Brooksville, Castine and Penobscot -- to be used as a community building and learning tool: $3,500
    • Child and Family Opportunities, Ellsworth, for coaching and mentoring for early care and education teachers to improve their intentional teaching practices: $5,000
    • College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, to construct and launch a second community garden: $2,500
    • Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, Deer Isle, to develop a digitized library of its collections and to create multimedia interpretations for the new and expanded exhibits contained in its recently completed post-and-beam barn: $5,000
    • Downeast Health Services, Ellsworth, to purchase an autoclave/sterilizer for the dental program: $2,802
    • Ellsworth Garden Club, Ellsworth, to build a grenhouse at the high school to support the Food for Life and Learning project, which educates high school students and members of the community about healthy eating through sustainable, year-round vegetable gardening: $5,000
    • Friends in Action, Ellsworth, to assist with paying a professional development consultant as we plan a capital campaign: $3,000
    • Halcyon Grange #345, Blue Hill, for capacity building support to develop a $150,000 capital campaign for upgrades to the facility: $5,000
    • Hancock County Habitat for Humanity, Ellsworth, to hire a volunteer development coordinator through the AmeriCorps/VISTA program: $6,000
    • Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, to expand the Island Workshop Day intensive studio program: $1,000
    • Healthy Acadia, Bar Harbor, for the Downeast Farm to School Program for a Hancock County-based FoodCorps volunteer who will build new school gardens, deliver hands-on food systems education, and help source local food for cafeterias in schools throughout the county beginning in August 2012: $6,000
    • Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, Ellsworth, to provide targeted and streamlined major donor-base development: $5,000
    • Maine Audubon Society, Falmouth, to expand its school collaborations program with RSU 25 Bucksport area schools: $3,000
    • Maine Environmental Research Institute, Blue Hill, to create an interactive ocean learning center: $1,680
    • Mount Desert Elementary School, Mount Desert, for the MDI Future of Maine Initiative, to raise aspirations for higher education: $3,000
    • Northeast Historic Film, Bucksport, to set up servers for digitized video delivery and develop the capacity to share its collections through its website and social media channels: $7,500
    • Open Door Recovery Center, Ellsworth, for support of the Open Door Addiction Recovery Program at the Hancock County Jail: $1,865
    • Opera House Arts, Stonington, to convert to digital cinema as access to 35mm prints is decreasing more rapidly than projected: $5,000
    • Penobscot East Resource Center, Stonington, to support the re-design of governance, communications and financial systems: $5,000
    • RSU 24, Ellsworth, to start an after school boat-building club at Ellsworth High School in conjunction with Wooden Boat Magazine's Boat Building and Rowing Challenge and five other local high schools: $6,000
    • Town of Sullivan, Sullivan, to improve access to the shore and water from Gordon's Wharf on the Taunton River: $9,000
    • Willowind Therapeutic Riding Center, Bar Harbor, to hire a part-time community outreach coordinator to increase visibility and form alliances with other community organizations: $7,000

    2011 Grants

    • Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, to support the first year of a three-year project to improve the Museum's educational outreach and inreach: $5,000
    • Bagaduce Music Lending Library, Blue Hill, to strengthen the volunteer base and the development program: $6,000
    • Common Good Soup Kitchen, Southwest Harbor, to teach food preparation and promote good dietary habits and local food: $4,500
    • Dorcas Library Association, Prospect Harbor, to hire two design specialists to assist the library in creating long-range plans: $8,800
    • Downeast Communities of Practice Planning Committee, Machias, for a conference for Downeast parents and providers to promote understanding and facilitate resiliency in children: $1,500
    • Downeast Food Heritage Collaborative, Ellsworth, for a partnership between College of the Atlantic, the Woodlawn Museum, and Healthy Acadia to organize the first Downeast Heirloom Apple Week: $5,000
    • Frenchman Bay Conservancy, Hancock, to support an architectural review and facilitator expenses to begin planning the revitalization of the Tidal Falls Preserve: $6,500
    • Friends of Blue Hill Bay, Blue Hill, to support the "State of the Bay Symposium": $3,000
    • Friends of Island History, Bar Harbor, to hire a consultant to develop a three-year strategic plan for collaborative preservation efforts: $1,000
    • Friends of Taunton Bay, Hancock, to support the move to a new facility and associated development projects: $3,300
    • Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, to expand the Center Workshops, a winter adult workshop series for Maine residents: $1,500
    • KIDS Consortium, Auburn, to collaborate with Deer Isle/Stonington High School to create a multi-disciplinary unit that incorporates a service-learning experience for 9th graders: $7,000
    • Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Salisbury Cove, to support the Community Environmental Health Laboratory's outreach program to area schools and students: $7,523
    • Mount Desert Island Historical Society, Mt. Desert, to produce a historical film about life on MDI from the 1800s to the 1940s: $7,500
    • Opera House Arts, Stonington, to increase the organization's capacity by celebrating its 100th anniversary, expanding the position of Education Director, and developing a new five-year strategic plan: $4,500
    • Penobscot East Resource Center, Stonington, to hire consultants to assist in the development of financial resources, communications, financial systems plans, and a revision of the strategic plan: $2,500
    • Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, Steuben, for support of the 2011 Sculpture Symposium: $5,000
    • Summer Festival of the Arts, Southwest Harbor, to support computer upgrade/training and a consultant for strategic planning: $6,730