Recent Grants: Waldo County Fund

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

2015 Grants

  • Belfast Creative Coalition, to improve financial and design technical capacity: $3,175
  • Belfast Museum, Inc., to create a multimedia prototype that features first-person narratives of important aspects of Belfast and Waldo County history that will be made available in a variety of digital formats: $7,000
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, to partner with The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast to train Land Trust volunteers as youth mentors: $1,500
  • Friends of Midcoast Maine, to expand upon and improve the Community Ambassador program: $3,500
  • Our Town Belfast, to support and promote the historic downtown district by hiring a promotions and marketing assistant and providing technology and training to serve its mission as a nationally accredited Main Street organization: $5,000
  • Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, to support the Trails Expansion Project, which will enhance recreational opportunities in Waldo County: $6,718
  • Unity Barn Raisers, to create a volunteer management system for internal programs and to forge greater external partnerships with like-minded organizations: $6,062
  • Unity College, to develop an art apprenticeship program that links Unity College students, local artists, and the community: $1,200
  • Waterfall Arts, for the O:YAH (Operation: Yes Art is Here) outreach project to enhance community awareness about programming and the facility, and to target young adults ages 18-35 and low-income residents: $9,994

2014 Grants

  • Belfast Creative Coalition, to hire a membership and outreach coordinator: $2,100
  • Belfast Free Library, to equip the young adult room with technology to attract and engage teen patrons: $3,072
  • Belfast Poetry Festival, to bring a youth slam poet from the documentary film "Louder Than a Bomb" to perform, lecture and lead free workshops: $1,550
  • Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, to review and restructure the organization and the board to meet the future demands of the community: $2,500
  • Jackson Food Pantry, to purchase a generator to create an emergency warming center at the Jackson Community Center building and to utilize the generator to prevent Jackson Pantry food loss during power outages: $6,606
  • Liberty Library Association, for hands-on STEM education for children and their parents: $1,523
  • Maine Youth Alliance, to increase the number of Game Loft Circles of Care in the community, and provide training to facilitators and to monitor the program effectively: $3,200
  • NAMI Maine, Inc., to certify participants through Mental Health First Aid Training, and to build and increase community access to local and statewide mental health resources: $3,000
  • Palermo Library Guild, to install Microsoft Word on the public computers and to purchase a new staff computer with updated software: $2,000
  • PeaceJam Maine, to conduct an outreach program in Waldo County to attract high school age students to participate in PeaceJam's peace education program: $2,000
  • Penobscot Marine Museum, to support The Gee's Bend Quilts in Maine, a new exhibit and associated programs: $3,000
  • RSU 20, for a summer literacy program: $1,800
  • RSU 3, to support the expansion of the school greenhouse and garden project into a community garden project: $4,000
  • United Christian Church, for construction of an ADA-compliant bathroom in the Lincolnville Community Building: $2,500
  • Unity Barnaisers, to build board capacity through training: $2,500
  • Waldo Community Action Partners, to increase the number of parents involved in their children's early childhood education and improve delivery of early childhood education: $3,600 

2013 Grants

  • Brooks Park Boosters Incorporated, to support the Community Gardening workshop program: $1,000
  • Freedom Historical Society, to develop community awareness, participation and pride during the Town's Bicentennial Celebration (July 4 – 6, 2013) through creating Historical Society exhibits and programs: $2,800
  • Friends of Sears Island, for the outreach project of formal presentations, learning opportunities, and public awareness events: $4,900
  • Habitat for Humanity, To support Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County in fulfilling its mission of providing safe, decent, affordable housing in Waldo County by providing seed money for a part-time executive director: $5,000
  • Lincolnville Historical Society, to teach basic carpentry skills to volunteers in order to build a wooden, multi-compartment enclosure to display artifacts of local historical significance in an open-air museum: $3,000
  • Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, to conduct a comprehensive evaluation plan to support RJP’s Court Diversion and Reentry Mentoring programs towards becoming evidence-based model programs: $2,000
  • RSU 3, to expand the capacity of the Walker School Greenhouse Project to include a series of raised beds, connect gardening projects with student learning goals & serve as a pilot program for RSU 3: $3,600
  • RSU 20, to build capacity and to provide professional development for a 2013-14 K-12 Expeditionary Learning program at the Searsport campus: $10,000
  • The Soap Closet, to distribute personal care products to families and individuals in Waldo County communities who are unable to purchase these items with food stamps: $1,500
  • Volunteer Regional Food Pantry, to add incentives to existing education programs such as a chicken husbandry class to help reduce financial risk for food insecure clients: $1,300
  • Waterfall Arts, for MEAD, Maine Environmental Art and Design, a collaboration of Maine artists, curators, and supporters focused on applying art and design to the creation of elegant environmental solutions: $3,000

2012 Grants

  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Camden, to provide improved public access to conserved lands in Lincolnville by replacing aging bridges and developing trails: $1,500
  • Come Boating, Belfast,to acquire a traditional Cornish pilot gig to sustain and expand community involvement in the rowing programs: $5,000
  • Cornerspring Montessori School, Belfast, to develop a five-year strategic plan: $2,000
  • Free Range Music Festival, Belfast, to increase the 2012 marketing budget to include a redesign of the festival’s current website to better communicate the festival's mission and purpose as well as to increase functionality: $1,500
  • Rural Aspirations Project, Swanville, for the 501(c)(3) filing fee: $1,000
  • Unity Barn Raisers, Unity, to support a "volunteer cultivator" position: $7,054
  • Volunteer Regional Food Pantry, Unity, to support "Beyond the Banana Box," designed to increase access to and successful use of local produce for the food-insecure population of western Waldo County: $3,500
  • Waldo Community Action Partners, Belfast, to complete Phase I of the Belfast Head Start Center Playground Project: $3,500
  • Waldo County Safe Homes for Teens Project, Belfast, for rental of office space at the Hutchinson Center: $1,000
  • Waterfall Arts, Belfast, to develop a volunteer program: $3,814

2011 Grants

  • Belfast Community Outreach in Education, Belfast, for the health and wellness initiative: $6,255
  • Broadreach Family & Community Services, Belfast, to partner with area providers to establish community outreach stations at Waldo County soup kitchens and food pantries: $5,300
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Camden, for staffing and training to improve the capacity of CMLT's volunteer program: $3,750
  • Expanding Opportunities, Brooks, to provide staff training to increase the capacity of Camp Forest to offer wilderness camping to additional children and adults: $1,000
  • Midcoast Magnet, Camden, for facilitator training for the Midcoast Magnet board and collaborating partners: $2,500
  • Out As I Want to Be, Rockland, to hire a part-time executive director: $2,500
  • Restorative Justice Project of the MidCoast, Belfast, for the purchase of a web-based data management program: $3,250
  • RSU 20, Belfast, for the partnership between the RSU 20 After School Program and Forest Glen Farm to make the StarRiders program accessible to all students: $5,420
  • Troy Howard Middle School, Belfast, for shredders for the recycling project: $320
  • Unity Barn Raisers, Unity, for additional staffing for the Veggies for All program: $4,700