See what 171 community grants can do for Maine

See what 171 community grants can do for Maine

Group News posted in on 23 June 2017| comments
audience: Maine Community Foundation | last updated: 23 June 2017


171 grants and $1.5 million in awards enrich communities across Maine

MaineCF's Community Building Grant program, its largest, supports organizations and programs throughout the state that build on community strengths and assets.

This spring MaineCF’s program staff, county committee members, and volunteers reviewed 484 applications for community-building grants. They awarded 171 grants that totaled $1,096,305 from county and statewide funds. MaineCF donors funded 59 additional grants totaling $443,028, bringing the total awarded to more than $1.5 million.

Here is sampling of grants for 2017:

Androscoggin County: Maine Boys to Men, to expand the Reducing Sexism and Violence Program to adults in Lewiston and build on existing work at Lewiston High School and Middle School
Aroostook County: Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets, to increase participation in the Women, Infants, and Children Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program in four rural communities through outreach to recipients and training for farmers
Cumberland County: New England Arab American Organization, to support social integration of Arab immigrant families in their transition to a new culture in Maine
Hancock County: Abbe Museum, to improve ways of learning about Wabanaki history and culture
Knox County: Friends of the Thomaston Public Library, for a books/media delivery service that will deliver and retrieve media from elderly patrons unable to visit the library in person
Lincoln County: Lincoln County Dental, to treat infections and provide replacement dentures for people in recovery from opiate addiction
Oxford County: Oxford Hills Community Gardens, to build a community garden and library resource center to increase agricultural educational services for local youth
Penobscot County: Our Katahdin, to commission a site plan for Millinocket’s former paper mill site 
Piscataquis County: Maine Mathematics Science and Engineering Talent Search, to support an after-school program that connects students to college- and trade-bound pathways
Waldo County: Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County, to provide nine workshops designed to increase access to safe, decent, affordable home ownership options for low-income Waldo County residents
Washington County: Mano en Mano/Hand in Hand, to provide a one-week bilingual summer program with the Maine Outdoor School to 30 children in western Washington County
Western Mountains: Main Street Skowhegan, to fund a new position to help implement the Skowhegan Strategic Plan for Community Transformation
York County: Time of Wonder Early Learning Center, to organize dinner programs for families to engage parents in their child’s learning
Statewide: Hardy Girls Healthy Women, to provide subsidized training for girls and adults who work with them in under-resourced schools
Please visit the MaineCF website to view these wide-ranging projects that improve the quality of life for residents across the state. Our recent grants pages describe each grant by county.

PHOTO: Washington County producers bring a diverse array of food and crafts to the Lubec Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Water Street in downtown Lubec. The market is featured in the Washington County Farmers' Market Trail. Photo courtesy Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets

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