Recent Grants: Western Mountains Fund

2017 Grants

  • 4-H Clubs & Affiliated 4-H Organizations, to help youth pursue career aspirations in Maine forestry and agriculture: $8,000
  • Friends of L.C. Bates Museum, to plan and develop Our Feathered Friends, Maine’s Incredible Ornithology program: $1,500
  • Lake George Regional Park, to develop a fundraising plan to build capacity and ensure long-term sustainability: $10,000
  • Literacy Volunteers, to increase health literacy for adults with low reading levels: $2,540
  • Main Street Skowhegan, to fund a new position to help implement the Skowhegan Strategic Plan for Community Transformation: $10,000
  • Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, to support homebound students who are pregnant, parenting, or suffering from a disorder: $5,600
  • Maine Central Institute, to expand the Bossov Ballet Theatre summer intensive program: $4,500
  • Maine Early Learning Investment Group, to elevate quality early childhood education and effective parent engagement to break the cycle of poverty: $10,000
  • Penobscot Community Health Center, Inc., to send a licensed pharmacist to Jackman Community Health Center to perform medication management services: $10,000
  • Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, to develop a campus master plan: $5,000
  • University of Southern Maine, to develop and test health care career pathway tools for youth: $4,205
  • Western Maine Play Museum, to purchase a rocket launcher station and makerspace materials for the invention room exhibit: $7,000

2016 Grants

  • Maine Early Learning Investment Group, to elevate early education in Somerset County: $10,000
  • Maine Grain Alliance, for the Flint Corn Restoration Project: $4,750
  • Maine Huts & Trails, to offer biannual, credit-bearing internships to Maine college students as part of the Youth Experiential and Environmental programs: $4,000
  • Phillips Public Library, to develop extended programs on the second floor of the library: $4,850
  • Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society, for the archive support program: $10,000
  • Rangeley Region Health and Wellness Partnership, for Helping Elders Live in Place adult respite program: $5,000
  • Somerset Economic Development Corp., to help reduce barriers for adults in the workforce: $10,000
  • Stanley Museum, Inc., to develop a business and communication plan: $3,500
  • Town of Smithfield, to install a hood ventilation system for fire suppression: $3,500
  • Wesserunsett Arts Council, to create a cultural plan for Somerset County: $5,500

2015 Grants

  • Chesterville Center Union Meeting House, to support the Chesterville Connections initiative: $3,000
  • Fit Girls of Wilton, Maine, to expand the after-school running and reading program to a third school location: $1,200
  • Franklin County Children’s Task Force, to provide the Nurturing Fathers program for fathers in Franklin County: $4,000
  • Friends of L.C. Bates Museum, to support the Student Internships Inspire Learning project: $1,600
  • History House Association, Inc., to design and install three interpretive panels: $6,000
  • Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, Inc., to expand services to underserved areas of Somerset County: $10,000
  •  Longfellow Mountains Heritage Trails, to support High Peaks Scenic Byway Heritage Trail, Phase 1: $10,000
  •  Main Street Skowhegan, to expand local partnerships and stakeholders in developing a new strategic plan for downtown Skowhegan: $7,500
  •  Penobscot Community Health Center, for Jackman Community Health Center to conduct an outreach and development project: $5,000
  • Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts, to strengthen community through an annual Western Mountains Photography Show: $1,000
  • Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen’s Association, to support its Range Improvement Project: $2, 000
  • Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad, to create a Living History Railroad Museum by renovation of the brick mansion, Ambleside: $9,700
  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services, for a rural educator and advocate position: $10,000
  • Skowhegan Area Middle School, for teachers and students to experience hands-on lake water-quality experiments and activities: $2,960
  • Wesserunsett Arts Council, Inc., to hire an arts consultant to facilitate a convening of arts, crafts, cultural, and economic partners: $10,000

2014 Grants

  • 4-H Clubs & Affiliated 4-H Organizations, for Youth Trustees in Philanthropy to inspire youth leadership and promote personal integrity in social change: $10,000
  • Farmington Historical Society, to increase the use of North Church as a community event center by installing heat exchangers, enlarging the stage, and upgrading electrical capacity: $9,000
  • High Peaks Creative Council, to connect Maine High Peaks assets through strategic place-making: $9,000
  • Maine Huts & Trails, to enhance learning for school and youth groups within Franklin and Somerset counties through youth environmental and experiential education programs: $10,000
  • Old Canada Road Scenic Byway, Inc., to fund an interpretive program of culture, history, and environment on a 12-mile recreational trail: $5,000
  • Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts, for consulting and marketing costs to build organizational capacity and develop business and communications plans: $10,000
  • SeniorsPlus, to purchase technological equipment for SeniorsPlus to connect older adults and adults with disabilities in rural Oxford and Franklin counties with live educational programming: $2,707\
  • Stanley Museum, to develop an educational outreach program to teach students about the Stanley family and their Yankee ingenuity: $3,500
  • Tranet, to hire a development coordinator for WRGY Community Radio: $4,300 

2013 Grants

  • Canaan Farmers Hall, to create a website to strengthen the ties among organizations within the community: $4,400
  • Crossroads International Celtic Festival, to support a multi-venue, two-county, five-day Celtic music festival: $5,000
  • Franklin County Children's Task Force, for the cyber-bullying prevention project: $7,000
  • Friends of L.C. Bates Museum, to support the Young Naturalist As Artist project: $2,300
  • Healthy Community Coalition, to expand the reach and accessibility of the Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County’s mobile health unit to several remote towns in the region: $10,000
  • High Peaks Alliance, for the All Trails Planning Project, which involves community residents in planning and implementing permanent public access in the region: $8,400
  • Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, to establish satellite offices in two locations to better serve clients and their families: $2,700
  • Phillips Area Community Center, to increase use of the Community Center and help tie the community together through a history walk with signage, maps, and guides: $9,000
  • Philips Public Library, to extend the services of the library to include community programs in a building of historical importance to the town: $3,000
  • Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, for a partnership between Sebasticook Regional Land Trust and Somerset Woods Trustees aimed at building organizational capacity while initiating collaborative conservation planning for Great Moose Lake in Somerset County: $8,000
  • University of Maine System Inc - Farmington, to implement the Partnership for Civic Advancement to strengthen and expand university-community relations through the creation of experiential learning opportunities for students that serve regional needs: $5,000

2012 Grants

  • Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, Belgrade Lakes, to build capacity to administer education and outreach programs at the new Maine Lakes Resource Center: $4,500
  • History House Association, Skowhegan, to research, develop, and conduct walking tours in two historic downtown Skowhegan districts: $7,340
  • Jackman Moose River Chamber of Commerce, Jackman, to purchase boulevard banners to be displayed on Main Street in Jackman: $4,000
  • Kingfield Artwalk, Kingfield, to support program development expansion through an improved communications/outreach package: $2,500
  • Kingfield POPS, Kingfield, to strengthen the leadership, ensure the model is sustainable, and give the POPS the capacity to contribute to strategic regional economic development: $7,427
  • Maine International Center for Digital Learning, Lewiston, to create a student technology team at Warsaw Middle School: $9,100
  • Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Inc., Waitsfield, Vt., to support the planning process in the pilot community of Stratton/Eustis as a key step in building the collaborative Trail Town model in Maine: $10,000
  • Rangeley Region Health & Wellness Partnership, Rangeley, to support consulting services for one year in order to train board and staff to help implement a five-year capacity-building fundraising plan: $10,000
  • Safe Voices, to partner with the Franklin County Domestic Violence Task Force to promote awareness of domestic violence resources and provide safety kits for children impacted by domestic violence: $2,000
  • Seniors Plus, Lewiston, to support rural outreach provided to aging and disabled consumers in Franklin County: $2,500
  • Somerset County Association of Resource Providers, to develop a website to make the Somerset County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program curricula and resource materials widely available: $3,000
  • Somerset Economic Development Corporation, Skowhegan, for support to match a U.S. Economic Development Administration Technical Assistance and Planning grant that will be used to hire a consultant firm to develop a short- and long-term economic plan for the central and northern portions of Somerset County: $5,000
  • United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, Farmington, to further engage Franklin and Somerset County volunteers in energy conservation initiatives: $2,500
  • Wesserunsett Arts Council Inc., Skowhegan, to organize the Rural Open Art Studios Tour exploring the homes and studios of local artists: $2,500
  • Western Maine Center for Children, Carrabassett Valley, to expand and strengthen its after-school program: $2,000

2011 Grants

  • Baker Mountain Ski Tow, Bingham, to purchase a snowmobile and replace ski lift equipment: $5,000
  • Franklin County Children’s Task Force, Farmington, to support Active Parenting Now, an evidence-informed, video-based education program targeted to families with substance abuse issues who want to improve their parenting skills: $6,884
  • History House Association, Skowhegan, to update the organizational and operating structure to increase visibility and relevancy: $6,000
  • Main Street Skowhegan, Skowhegan, to purchase a set of street pole banners to build brand identity of the downtown area: $5,000
  • Maine Grain Alliance, Skowhegan, to design and implement hands-on educational baking workshops for school children: $7,170
  • Mercer Community Club, Mercer, to purchase sports equipment: $2,000
  • Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, Oquossoc, for the expansion of the EcoVenture program: $3,500
  • Sexual Assault Victims Emergency Services, Farmington, to present Add Verb's program, You the Man, to Franklin County young adults: $7,500
  • Stratton/Eustis Food Pantry, Stratton, to be able to continue to dispense nourishing food to the needy: $1,000
  • The Trust for Public Land, Portland, for land protection and conservation in the High Peaks (Western Mountains) region: $4,000
  • Town of Kingfield, to renovate the Town Park to accommodate year-round activities: $5,000
  • Western Mountains Foundation, Kingfield, for salary support for a new marketing and communications director: $5,000