Community Foundation Grants at Work

A Passion for Maritime History

Penobscot Marine Museum curator Ben Fuller of Cushing, Maine, is passionate about maritime history. As part of his legacy, he wants to support that passion, but he still needs income for expenses today. Creating a charitable gift annuity at the Maine Community Foundation is helping him accomplish both goals. The CGA will provide income to Fuller and his wife, Leslie, during their lifetime, and then become a charitable endowment for cultural programs in Maine.

Photo by Kevin Johnson, Penobscot Marine Museum

Something Rotten in Denmark

Residents of Denmark, Maine, have a new art display in town, at the municipal dump. “Something Rotten in Denmark” is the work of artists Cecilia Hendrikx and Tara Karpinski, who were interviewed on Maine Public Radio recently. The project, which runs through next August, is sponsored by the Denmark Arts Center and received a grant from a Maine Community Foundation donor-advised fund.

In this photo, Karpinski applies mica pieces to the municipal building at the Denmark dump.

Photo courtesy of Denmark Arts Center

Pop-up Playscapes

On a recent summer afternoon, children took over Portland’s Kennedy Park to build fantasy houses, rocket ships, and fortresses out of recycled materials. The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine hosted the Pop-Up Playscape event, which received support from the community foundation’s Cumberland County Fund. Another Pop-Up Playscape will happen August 31 at the Eastern Promenade

Photo courtesy of Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

A Passion for Learning

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone was ranked the best public high school in New England and #13 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. See a WCSH-TV news story about MSSM, whose endowment is managed by the Maine Community Foundation.

Image: Screen capture from WCSH video

Journalist and Artist

“Richard Norton Belfast: 1978-1988 and Invitational” will be on display at Waterfall Arts in Belfast from June 14 through August 23. A central figure in the art and journalism world of Waldo County in the 1980s, Norton (1947-1988) was a founder of Artfellows Gallery and the Waldo Independent.

More than 100 hand-printed black-and-white photojournalistic images and a selection of large kinetic color photographs are featured, along with contemporary work by several midcoast Maine artists who were his friends. The exhibition received support from a Maine Community Foundation donor-advised fund, the Theodore Arts Opportunity Fund.

Photo: Drill Team by Richard Norton, courtesy of Denise Remy and Waterfall Arts

Caring Canines

“Having a service dog can be so freeing for people with disabilities,” says Kathy Hecht, program instructor at the University of Maine at Machias. With support from the Maine Charity Foundation Fund, disabled individuals in downeast Maine are learning how to train service dogs.

 If your organization is looking for funding to support dog and cat programs, the community foundation's Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund is currently accepting grant applications. Photo by Tom Walsh/Bangor Daily News

Camp Time

The newly named Bangor YMCA Wilderness Center at Camp Jordan on Branch Lake in Ellsworth will be expanding its offerings, thanks, in part, to a grant from the community foundation's Penobscot County Fund. In a video interview, camp director Emerald Russell describes the camp’s revamped mission. Image: Screen capture from Bangor Daily News video

Carving Acadian History

For the World Acadian Congress, a three-week celebration of Franco-American heritage and culture planned for August 2014, planners wanted art to help tell the story of the Acadians. With grant support from the Aroostook County Fund, master wood carver Thomas Cote from Limestone is creating eight wood relief sculptures depicting events of significance to the region.


The Spirit of the Community

The Rig in Camden was established by older teens as place to "hang art, make music, talk about things that matter, sometimes with adults, sometimes not." A grant from the community foundation’s Knox County Fund helped launch the space. The fund is marking its 20th anniversary of grantmaking this year. In honor of the anniversary, an anonymous donor has offered a $20,000 challenge grant to help build the fund. Photo courtesy of Penobscot Bay Pilo

Teaming Up for Food Pantries

The second annual Hancock County Food Drive is underway, with 112 organizations collecting for pantries in the region. In addition, the United Way of Eastern Maine and Maine Community Foundation are providing a one-dollar match for every food item donated, up to $10,000.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has posted a list of food drop-off sites throughout the county. The list is updated daily.