Recent Grants: York County Fund

2016 Grants

  • Center for Grieving Children, to conduct outreach to volunteers and families in need of grief support in York County: $7,500
  • Heart of Biddeford, to build capacity for volunteer engagement and management: $7,000
  • HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, to support pediatric palliative care in York County: $10,000
  • Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford, to support literacy tutoring for women at the Southern Maine Re-Entry Center: $5,000
  • Old Berwick Historical Society, to support an exhibit that explores cultural upheaval on the early New England frontier: $6,000
  • Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative, for the Neighbor Initiative program: $2,500
  • Saco River Theatre, for the purchase of audio technology that allows hearing-impaired individuals to better hear performances: $2,540

2015 Grants

  • Canine Community Corps, to support a program that will allow inmates to train dogs from the Kennebunk Animal Welfare Society for adoption by veterans: $2,500
  • Creative Work Systems, to upgrade a kitchen at the York facility to expand the Culinary Works program: $3,500
  • Habitat for Humanity York County, to support "Keep York County Warm!": $5,000
  • Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, to expand prevention education programming, grow the current half-time position to a full-time educator, and add another full-time educator to York County who will educate students in kindergarten through college: $10,000
  • Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, to revitalize historic downtown/village centers in York and southern Oxford counties as a regional Quality of Place strategy: $4,000
  • York County Community Action Corp., to support The Poverty Institute training program with Dr. Donna Beegle: $10,000

2014 Grants

  • Biddeford Primary School, to create and implement a sensory and horticultural therapy garden: $10,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, to expand the number of disadvantaged children served in carefully made and monitored one-to-one matches in York county: $6,000
  • Community Bicycle Center, to expand capacity of the youth welding and fabrication program by partially funding ventilation equipment for an onsite educational metalworking lab: $8,000
  • Engine, to hire a Maine FabLab Design Program director: $8,650
  • Friends of the South Berwick Library, Inc., for the Young Street Studio project: $3,200
  • Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, for 130-plus preschoolers from 10 Head Start centers in York County to attend three seasonal story hours, craft activities, and guided nature walks: $5,000
  • Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast, for a planning session for citizens, designers, and others to envision workforce housing developments, suggest modifications to current regulations, test financial feasibility of design concepts, and exercise influence over proposals for subject sites: $6,350 

2013 Grants

  • Cumberland County YMCA, for the professional development of the staff as part of the NEAYC accreditation process: $5,000
  • Ethel's Tree of Life, to enhance the Branching Out program: $2,000
  • Project AWARE, To support a year-long Reel Life Program in collaboration with the Biddeford School Department: $5,000
  • RSU 21, to support the Kennebunk High School Garden and Greenhouse Project: $1,920
  • Saco River Grange Hall, to hire a professional development director to help the theater achieve fiscal sustainability and lay the groundwork for a secure future: $5,000
  • The New School, for stipends for staff to expand three program areas: $5,000
  • United Way, for the York County Volunteer Reader Project, which works with vulnerable children 3-11 years old to improve literacy: $8,392
  • White Pine Programs, to support Naturalist Nights, a weekly naturalist studies program that fosters community-building and nature connection among local, environmental non-profits and their constituents: $1,500
  • YMCA Sanford-Springvale, to support professional development of childcare staff to strengthen our childcare programs: $5,000
  • York County Community Action Corporation, to provide wireless laptop computers and PROMIS system capabilities to each of the 16 Head Start and Early Head Start sites in York Count: $10,000

2012 Grants

  • Across the River Collaborative, Hiram, to prevent youth substance abuse, reduce school dropouts and juvenile crime: $2,880
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, Portland, to expand the site-based mentoring program to RSU 23: $4,500
  • Center for Wildlife, Cape Neddick, to utilize disabled wildlife ambassadors to create a "Wildlife as Teachers and Healers" program for disabled or at-risk youth, and seniors: $5,000
  • Child Abuse Prevention Council of York County, Kennebunk,for The Nurturing Program, a ten-week parenting class to help families build strong, healthy relationships: $1,725
  • Counseling Services, Inc., Saco, to provide mental health services to children diagnosed with mental illness who are underinsured or uninsured: $5,000
  • Habitat for Humanity York County, Kennebunk, for start-up capital to open a ReStore in York County: $3,360
  • Old Berwick Historical Society, South Berwick, to support the Revitalizing Local History Project, which will strengthen the three-year series of all-school walking tours of historic sites for elementary grades in South Berwick: $5,000
  • Sanford-Springvale YMCA, Sanford, to support professional development for teaching staff to strengthen child care programs.: $9,630

2011 Grants

  • Caring Unlimited, Sanford, for staff consultation and training to strengthen the Children's Services Program: $5,834
  • Center for Wildlife, Cape Neddick, to expand the on-site educational programming capabilities through improved site facilities and volunteer training: $1,500
  • Community Bicycle Center, Biddeford, to engage older youth in vocational activities through community outreach: $4,867
  • Ecology Education Foundation, Saco, to fund the expansion of Science & Ecology: Live and Unplugged, and a companion impact study: $4,500
  • Harbor Light Stage, Kittery Point, to support a substantive redesign of the website: $2,000
  • Joyful Harvest Neighborhood Center, Biddeford, to work with a local consultant for board development and a community-involved strategic planning process: $1,660
  • Laudholm Trust, Wells, to the organization president's leadership role in the strategic planning and sustainability project at the Laudholm Trust: $2,500
  • Northern York County Family YMCA, Biddeford, to support professional development for the teaching staff as the Y seeks Center-based Accreditation: $10,000
  • Parent Resource Center, Springvale, to upgrade the organization's technology: $1,423
  • University of New England, Biddeford, to support a literacy and math tutoring program sponsored by the Office of Citizenship that will train UNE students to tutor at local schools: $4,035
  • Volunteers of America, Brunswick, to increase homeless veteran outreach to ensure veterans are accessing the housing and services available to them: $2,500