Recent Grants: Rines Thompson Fund

2016 Grants

  • 317 MainSt Community Music Center, Inc. , to help provide access to weekly music instruction for third-and fourth-grade students at East End Community School in Portland: $5,000
  • A Company of Girls, to empower youth in challenging circumstances through high-touch, after-school arts programming: $5,000
  • Fort Williams Charitable Foundation, to help restore native plant communities and create educational opportunities in the Cliff Walk Landscape of the arboretum: $10,000
  • Friends of Portland Adult Education, to supports course work and support services for new Mainers: $9,900
  • Jewish Community Alliance, to purchase cribs for the new infant classroom: $3,240
  • Maine Historical Society, to digitize The Dave Astor Show collection and present the material on the Maine Memory Network: $5,000
  • Maine Jewish Film Festival, to increase free youth film showings and create additional film-based programming: $2,500
  • Maine State Ballet, to provide complimentary admission to the school-time offering of "Backstage at the Nutcracker": $2,000
  • Pihcintu, to expand chorus programming for at-risk girls in Southern Maine: $5,000
  • Portland Ovations, to launch the "Cultivating Curiosity" initiative that utilizes the performing arts to promote literacy skills for young children: $5,000
  • Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center, to support youth participating in the Equine and Environmental Experiential Learning program: $2,500
  • The Root Cellar, for an after-school enrichment program for youth in grades K-12: $5,000
  • Catherine Morrill Day Nursery, for general operating support: $10,000
  • Center for Grieving Children, for general operating support: $5,000
  • Furniture Friends, for general operating support : $5,000
  • Maine Audubon Society, for general operating support: $2,000
  • Maine Boys to Men, for general support of youth programming: $2,500
  • Maine Irish Heritage Center, for general operating and building support: $2,500
  • Portland School of Ballet, for general operating support: $2,000
  • South Portland Historical Society, for general operating support: $2,500
  • Telling Room, for general operating support: $5,000
  • Good Shepherd Food Bank, to support the Backpack Program at Ocean Avenue Elementary School in Portland: $4,000
  • Maine College of Art for the community outreach costs of the Public Engagement First Year Initiative: $2,500
  • SPACE Gallery, for general operating support: $5,000
  • United Way of Greater Portland, for general support of the mission of creating opportunities for better lives for neighbors, families, and the community: $10,000

2015 Grants

  • Acorn Productions, to purchase pipe and drape installations in Mechanics Hall for a free performance series: $2,500
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, for the site-based mentoring program: $5,000
  • Friends of Evergreen, to support Stories Behind the Stones: Connecting History and Community $7,100
  • Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, Inc., for extending the education, outreach and awareness programs and making on-site programs accessible: $5,000
  • Friends of the Presumpscot River, for organizational capacity building in support of river and native species restoration work: $10,000
  • Good Shepherd Food-Bank, to support the Backpack Program at Ocean Avenue School: $5,000
  • hear ME now, Inc., to support the Music For Little Ears music class for young children with hearing loss: $2,250
  • IXplore STEM, Inc., to support the Maine Barcode of Life project for high school youth: $8,500
  • Maine Academy of Modern Music, to build fundraising capacity to expand programming for Portland-area youth: $5,000
  • Peregrine Corp., to support STRIVE in purchasing a fire alarm system for the multipurpose center: $10,000
  • Rippleffect, Inc., to support the Rippleffect Outdoor Leadership Education program: $7,500
  • Robbies Foundation, for specialized arts programming for children with special needs: $5,000
  • SPACE Gallery, for film screenings program: $5,000
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, to support growing membership and programming needs: $5,000
  • Cultivating Community, for youth programs related to food growing and preparation, and sustainable food systems: $2,500
  • Mayo Street Arts, for general support of programs for the community and youth: $2,500
  • My Place Teen Center, Inc., to support the implementation of a newly developed logic model focused on positive youth development: $10,000
  • Friends of the St. Lawrence Church, for the purchase of three new desktop computers: $4,500
  • Kids First Center, for general operating support: $5,000
  • Maine College of Art, to support the Public Engagement First Year Initiative: $2,000
  • United Way, Inc., to support annual work in the Greater Portland community: $10,000

2014 Grants

  • A Company of Girls, to support the power of creative expression for Portland's underserved girls: $4,500
  • Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, to support Exploring Traditional Photography in the Digital Age: $5,323
  • Friends of the St. Lawrence Church, to support St. Lawrence Arts' primary program: $5,000
  • Greater Portland Landmarks, Inc., to support the first exhibition of John Calvin Stevens' artwork at the art gallery of the University of New England Portland Campus: $5,000
  • Kids First Center, for operating support and to provide professional education for professionals who work with the center's families: $5,000
  • Maine Boys to Men, for general operating expenses in support of youth programming: $5,000
  • Maine College of Art, to support the First Year Initiative public-engagement program: $1,500
  • Maine Historical Society, for the laboratory/new space to serve the community: $7,500
  • Maine Irish Heritage Center, for operating support: $2,500
  • Mensk, to support the new Young Artist Mentorship program: $2,000
  • Mercy Hospital, to support Motherhood Anew: A Fresh Start at Parenting: $7,800
  • Northeast Hearing & Speech Center, Inc., for the project Screening for Success: $5,000
  • Pihcintu, to support the Pihcintu Multinational Chorus: $4,000
  • Portland Ovations, for the Nile Project, music from 11 countries of the Nile basin: $5,000
  • Portland Public Library, to support I Love Reading in Portland: Sail into Summer Reading: $5,000
  • Portland Stage Company, to purchase and implement a new customer relationship management software: $7,500
  • ROIL, for the youth development and transitional employment program that serves young people who are returning to the community after incarceration at Long Creek Youth Development Center: $3,000
  • Scarborough Land Conservation Trust, for operating support during a major land acquisition campaign: $2,500
  • South Portland Historical Society, for general operating support: $2,500
  • Telling Room, for general operating support: $5,000
  • The Center for Grieving Children, to conduct a development assessment and plan to build the capacity and sustainability of the center's revenue-generating activities: $5,000
  • United Way, Inc., to create opportunities for better lives for neighbors: $10,000
  • WinterKids Education Foundation, for WinterKids' three-year strategic plan, 2016-2019: $3,000