Welch Charitable Fund

2017 Grants

  • Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, to implement the Humane Education Academy Emerging Leaders program: $5,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, to support the Big Readers site-based mentoring project: $5,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, to expand Academic Success programs in the four Greater Portland area clubhouses: $10,000
  • Community Dental, to purchase a digital sensor: $8,995
  • Falmouth Memorial Library Association, to support the building expansion and upgrade project: $15,000
  • Frannie Peabody Center, to provide coordination of medical and other services for people living with HIV/AIDS: $10,000
  • Freeport Community Services, to provide food insecure students in RSU 5 with bags of food for the weekend throughout the school year: $5,000
  • Friends of Deering Oaks, to support the Third Annual Lantern Walk and Workshops: $4,950
  • Gulf of Maine Research Institute, to support redesign of the interactive learning center lab: $10,000
  • Hospice of Southern Maine, for capital improvements to the public spaces and patient rooms at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House: $10,000
  • The Iris Network, to support the Low Vision Clinic: $5,000
  • Intercultural Community Center, to add a health and nutrition component to the Power School learning program: $5,000
  • Kids First Center, to provide children with support and education as they experience parental separation and divorce: $7,500
  • LearningWorks, to support increased parent and family engagement in the AfterSchool programs in Greater Portland: $5,000
  • Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, to pilot Maine Kids Code, a hands-on program for middle-school students with professional coders as mentors: $12,100
  • Maine Humanities Council, to reach immigrants in Portland through a reading and conversation program in English: $10,250
  • Milestone Foundation, to strengthen the Emergency Shelter Program: $25,000
  • My Place Teen Center, for therapeutic intervention on suicide and depression and drug and alcohol use for youth: $10,000
  • North Yarmouth Academy, for the Kauffmann Program in Environmental Writing and Wilderness Exploration: $25,000
  • Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute, to support programming for students at Portland High School: $5,000
  • The Opportunity Alliance, to support low-income families in a two-generation approach to breaking the cycle of poverty: $5,000
  • Portland School of Ballet, to allow Southern Maine Community College theater students to attend a ballet performance: $2,000
  • Preble Street, to meet the basic needs of homeless youth and help them establish stability through supportive services: $20,000
  • Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center, to support children and teens with disabilities through equine-assisted actives and therapies, $5,000
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine, to support families of seriously ill or injured children: $3,500
  • Shalom House, to provide supplies and equipment for the art program for adults with severe mental illness: $10,000
  • Skillin School PTA, to purchase and install a stage curtain in Skillin Elementary School: $5,000
  • Wayfinder Schools, to help at-risk youth and teen parents graduate from high school: $5,000
  • Wayside Food Program, to support community meals: $7,500

2016 Grants

  • American Red Cross, to fund a Bloodmobile that would allow small businesses and vulnerable populations to host blood drive: $25,000
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, to strengthen and expand academic success programs in the four Portland area clubhouses: $10,000
  • Cancer Community Center, to expand therapies so more community members facing cancer will be better able to cope with diagnosis, treatment, and healing: $7,500
  • Community Dental, for the establishment of a pediatric suite in the Portland center: $8,017
  • Hurricane Island Outward Bound, to purchase a new support vessel for the School Maine Sea Program: $19,000
  • Kids First Center, to support Kids First separation and divorce support groups for children and adolescents: $5,000
  • Maine Medical Center, for the Tufts University-MMC Maine Track Program: $50,000
  • Maine State Ballet, to provide complimentary admission to its special school-time offering, "Backstage at the Nutcracker": $4,000
  • Milestone Foundation, to upgrade equipment for the emergency shelter, detoxification program, and residential treatment program: $25,000 
  • North Yarmouth Academy, to support the Kauffmann Program in Environmental Writing and Wilderness Exploration: $25,000
  • Olympia Snowe Womens Leadership Institute, to expand programming to students at Portland High School: $5,000
  • Preble Street, to implement a community-based model to improve the quality of care for homeless populations: $20,000
  • Sustainable Cliff Island, to support a medical clinic to promote healthy living for islanders and assist elders to age in place: $5,000
  • The Center for Grieving Children, to address unmet needs for grief support in Southern Maine: $10,000
  • The Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges, to support students in the Southern Maine Community College Path to Graduation Program, which seeks to increase retention: $16,000
  • The Iris Network, for the Low Income Fund for Tools that enables blind consumers to receive specialized tools to perform daily tasks: $5,000
  • The Opportunity Alliance, for The Women's Project, which serves women 18 or older who are pregnant or parenting a child and are affected by substance use: $5,000
  • Telling Room, to expand the Young Writers & Leaders program to serve more immigrant and teen English language learners: $5,000
  • Robbie Foundation, to support children with disabilities through arts, technology, and adaptive equipment: $10,000

2015 Grants

  • Animal Refuge League, for the Future Fund to construct a new state-of-the-art facility: $5,000
  • Cancer Community Center, to provide more movement opportunities for people touched by cancer: $6,500
  • Crossroads for Women, for new bedroom furniture for the Children and Mothers Program: $10,000
  • Frannie Peabody Center, to support enhanced mental health and substance abuse counseling services: $10,000
  • Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, to purchase a new support vessel for the School Maine Sea Program: $19,000
  • Maine Academy of Modern Music, to help furnish and equip the new school building: $5,000
  • Maine Humanities Council, for the Veterans Book Group program: $7,613
  • Northeast Hearing & Speech Center, Inc., for training preschool teachers and parents on language-based early literacy skills: $5,000
  • Portland Community Health Center, for Home to Health to connect families from the Family Emergency Shelter to health services: $10,000
  • Rippleffect, Inc., for the Rippleffect Outdoor Leadership Education program: $10,000
  • Spurwink Services, Inc., to improve health care access and outcomes for patients with mental illness: $5,000
  • Telling Room, to support the 2015-16 Young Writers & Leaders Program: $5,000
  • The Iris Network, to support the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Center: $10,000
  • The Opportunity Alliance, to prevent youth substance use through the Student Intervention and Reintegration Program: $6,000
  • Wayside Food Programs, for the Wayside's Community Meals program: $7,500
  • Girls on the Run – Maine, to expand the program to new schools and communities: $5,000
  • Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center, to offer equine-assisted activities to children and teens with disabilities from Greater Portland: $5,000
  • Robbies Foundation, to provide essential equipment and support to children with special needs: $10,000
  • Wayfinder Schools, to increase the high school graduation rates of at-risk youth and teen parents in Greater Portland: $7,500
  • Preble Street, for the Teen Center: $25,000
  • Maine Medical Center, for the Tufts University-MMC Maine Track Program: $50,000
  • Southern Maine Agency on Aging, for the Stewart Adult Day Center in Falmouth: $25,000