Recent Grants: Washington County Fund

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

2015 Grants

  • Axiom Education and Training Center, to purchase 10 iPads to establish a lending library for adult learners: $5,790
  • Citizens for East Grand School, to support the East Grand School Community Action Project: $5,000
  • Cobscook Community Learning Center, to expand outdoor winter program through the addition of cross-country ski equipment to the center's outdoor gear: $4,000
  • Down East Hospice Volunteers, for training opportunities for hospice volunteers and the Washington County Community: $10,000
  • Downeast Salmon Federation, to expand smelt surveys across eastern Maine: $5,000
  • Downeast Youth Soccer Association, for a site plan to support future fundraising to develop a youth soccer field in Washington County: $4,737
  • Eastport Arts Center, to support "Celebrating our Silver: A Community Building Anniversary Year," a yearlong series of events that recognize the nonprofit's 25th year: $9,133
  • Greenland Point Center, for the startup of Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (YELL): $10,000
  • Harald Saeverud Music Program - PBSO, to create the permanent Music for Children Program, which will develop and present musical programs each year to elementary-age children: $4,500
  • Island Readers and Writers - An Initiative for Maine Children, to build awareness of alewives through literature and experiential activities: $10,000
  • Maine Coast Regional Health Facilities, to expand the Centers for Disease Control National Diabetes Prevention educational program: $1,500
  • Passamaquoddy Education Department - Indian Township, to provide outreach through consistent education support for cultural and recreational activities: $3,000

2014 Grants

  • Down East Hospice Volunteers, to enhance the bereavement program: $3,000
  • Greater Eastport Ecumenical Churches Association, for the Good Food Matters program: $3,500
  • Lost Fishermens Memorial Association, to build and maintain a park in the town of Lubec to honor lives lost in the fisheries industry: $5,000
  • Lubec Community Outreach Center, for board development and strategic planning and community meetings with a consultant/facilitator: $3,575
  • Maine Academy of Modern Music, to expand music education programs in Washington County: $7,000
  • Maine Coast Heritage Trust, to engage UMaine and Passamaquoddy students in an archaeological survey of Long Point on Machias Bay: $5,695
  • PAWS - Protection of Animals Wandering the Streets, for a strategic upgrade of the organization's information system: $4,600
  • Passamaquoddy Tribal Council, in support of the Team Heal Faster program: $5,000
  • Pembroke Trotting Association, to support a farm and horse fair on August 23, 2014: $1,200
  • RSU 37/MSAD 37, to enhance the SISS sculpture within a walking track by creating a park: $9,700
  • Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, for support of artists in the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium: $5,000
  • The Greenland Point Center, to support Corliss Point, phase 1: $5,000
  • Thomas College, to expand the partnership with Axiom Technologies: $10,000
  • Town of Machias, to support Box Car Box Office, which provides free outdoor movies for residents and visitors: $4,800
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Maine, to support a school-based oral health outreach program for children in Washington County: $10,000
  • Washington County Children's Chorus, to build capacity by encouraging community participation  and awareness through outreach efforts: $4,100
  • We Care Community Baby Center, Inc., to increase hours of operation to enable more families access to infant and child supplies, educational items, and more: $6,796 

2013 Grants

  • Bay of Fundy International Marathon, to establish the Bay of Fundy International Marathon as an annual event organized jointly by the communities of Lubec and Campobello, Canada: $8,286
  • Cobscook Bay Resource Center, to purchase and install the processing and food equipment for the Cobscook Marketplace programs: $10,000
  • Cobscook Community Learning Center, to launch a five-year, rural pilot project of the Turnaround for Children program in a Washington County school: $4,865
  • Community Health and Counseling Services, to provide resource family support groups in Washington and Hancock Counties: $418
  • Down East Hospice Volunteers, for community training, education and information sessions: $10,000
  • Fortenberry Fund, to support a community farm shares program and to provide agricultural education: $2,400
  • Frenchman Bay Conservancy, 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: $2,500
  • Greenland Point Center, for Board of Directors and programming capacity building: $2,500
  • Island Readers and Writers, 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
  • Let's Get Ready, to support the Washington County Rural Project: $2,420
  • Lubec Community Outreach Center, to create a website and sponsor a one-page free community calendar and a newsletter for programs that will be distributed to residents from public locations: $5,000
  • Quoddy Tides Foundation, for Unveiled: Making the Collections of the Tides Institute & Museum of Art more widely accessible and available to residents and schools of Washington County: $5,500
  • RSU 37, to support the Nature Trail Revitalization Project, which will revitalize and reopen the existing nature trail which has become overgrown and inaccessible: $2,000
  • Schoodic Arts for All, to support organizational capacity building through expansion of a fundraising initiative: $3,300
  • Sunrise County Economic Council, for the Sunrise County Food Infrastructure Initiative: $7,500
  • The Ark, 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: $4,000
  • The Machias 5-10 Peanut Gallery, to support Phase I to renovate a historic landmark building in Machias, focusing on electricity, plumbing, heating and insulation in order to create a community arts space: $10,000
  • Washington County Community College, to coordinate a Summer Sailing Program during the 2013 summer season through a partnership with the Passamaquoddy Yacht Club (PYC), Washington County Community College's Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC): $2,040
  • Washington County: One Community, to expand Washington County’s Summer Garden Camp program with teen counselor support: $7,100

2012 Grants

  • Association to Promote and Protect the Lubec Environment, Lubec, to convert its four main tours into recordings that can be rented and played on an MP3 player and add a separate mobile directory to selected pages on its websites: $2,180
  • Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, Ellsworth, to develop an organizational transition plan: $1,500
  • Calais Police Association, Calais, for the "Rally in the St. Croix Valley" to bring the Vietnam Veterans' Traveling Memorial Wall to Washington County for one week: $7,500
  • Child and Family Opportunities, Ellsworth, for coaching and mentoring for early care and education teachers to improve their intentional teaching practices and increase the readiness of the children in their classrooms so they will thrive in Kindergarten: $5,000
  • Cobscook Community Learning Center, Trescott, to expand The Community Year from a one-year to a two-year program: $4,200
  • Community of Christ, Harrington, for the Latino Family Center, to improve the quality of life for local and migrant Latinos, assist with everyday issues, and provide classes to improve language skills of Latinos and local employers: $1,500
  • Down East Family YMCA, Ellsworth, to provide bus transportation for children from western Washington County to attend the Down East Family YMCA Camp on Webb Pond in Eastbrook: $3,850
  • Down East Hospice, Calais, to recruit, train, and retain hospice volunteers: $10,000
  • Down East Maine Missions, East Machias, to support a seasonal project coordinator for Neighbors Helping Neighbors: $5,000
  • Downeast Coastal Conservancy, Machias, for the Two Rivers Project, which will permanently protect 925 acres and 4.2 miles of frontage on the Machias and Middle Rivers, and involve community residents in its planning, use and stewardship: $4,500
  • Downeast Health Services, Ellsworth, to purchase equipment for the dental program: $2,803
  • Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival, Grand Lake Stream, for professional services, hardware and software that will enhance the organization's efficiency, sustainability and reach: $4,850
  • Penobscot East Resource Center, Stonington, to support the redesign of governance, communications and financial systems: $5,000
  • Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Portland, to support the Consumer Debt Courthouse Assistance Project in Washington County: $1,000
  • Quoddy Tides Foundation, Eastport, to support the development and publication, in print and online, of new guidebooks to Washington County architecture: $5,000
  • Schoodic Education and Research Center Institute, Winter Harbor, to work with a consultant to create a strategic plan: $5,000
  • School Union #106, Calais, for support to repair community-donated musical instruments and necessary marching band accessories for the Calais bands: $4,946
  • Sunrise County Economic Council, Machias, to identify and address opportunities to expand, communicate and align educational attainment and workforce preparedness: $10,000
  • Washington County Community College, Calais, to support the Outdoor Adventure Center's ice skating program, designed to offer skating opportunities to the communities' youth free of charge: $7,500
  • Washington County: One Community, Machias, to support the FoodCorps member’s school garden and farm-to-school efforts in area public K-12 schools: $9,400
  • Whitneyville Library and Whatnot Association, Whitneyville, to support the Book and Storyteller outreach program: $6,000

2011 Grants

  • American Red Cross - Pine Tree Chapter, Bangor, in support of the Washington County Red Cross Disaster Volunteer Training Institute Project: $3,490
  • Cobscook Community Learning Center, Trescott, for updating and revisioning the organization's website: $6,000
  • 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
  • Eastport Arts Center, Eastport, to hire facilitators for a sustainability retreat: $3,000
  • Eastport Public Library Association, Eastport, to support the "Eat Locally at Your Local Library" program: $550
  • Literacy Volunteers of Washington County, Machias, to organize and host the Imagination Library Carnival/Early Childhood Resource Fair at the University of Maine at Machias and Washington County Community College: $3,000
  • Maine Coast Regional Health Facilities, Ellsworth, to expand the Infant Family Support Program to the Gouldsboro Medical Clinic to provide services for 20 families residing in the western Washington County Region: $6,050
  • Maine Council of Churches, Portland, to bring Feeding Our Neighbors, Sustaining Our Communities, a program that will allow participants to understand causes of food insecurity in Maine, and develop and implement action plans that meet the needs of their own communities, to the downeast region: $2,125
  • Mano en Mano/Hand in Hand, Milbridge, for capacity building, to hire a summer intern to implement a survey on community needs to shape programming: $5,000
  • 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
  • Quoddy Tides Foundation, Eastport, to expand key elements of the Art and Place initiatives: $3,000
  • Schoodic Arts for All, Winter Harbor, to support three new programs, the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium Teacher Workshop, Pecha Kucha, and the Image Gazer Film Festival: $2,300
  • Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, Steuben, to support the 2011 Sculpture Symposium: $4,500
  • The Greenland Point Festival, Princeton, to add a media camp program for teens: $7,506