Maine Community Foundation grants will strengthen Knox County Communities: More than $90K will support area organizations and projects.

July 11, 2024

PORTLAND & ELLSWORTH — More than $90,000 in Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) grants will help strengthen nonprofit organizations and projects in Knox County. MaineCF’s Knox County Grantmaking Committee awarded $80,453 to nine organizations through the foundation’s Community Building Grant Program. MaineCF donors with advised funds made two additional grants totaling $10,000.

2024 grantees include:

  • Leaps of Imagination, general support, to inspire young people to flourish as imaginative, innovative thinkers with the confidence to explore, create, and collaborate as artists and stewards of the Earth
  • One Community Many Voices, general support, to support immigrants moving to the Midcoast
  • St. George Community Development Corporation, general support, to provide nutritious food to clients of its food pantry.

For a complete list of grantees, visit www.mainecf.org/recentgrants.

The Knox County Fund, established in 1993, is a permanent endowment that supports projects and nonprofit organizations that strengthen communities. Proposals are submitted through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program, the foundation’s largest, and are reviewed by a committee of community members.

For more information, visit www.mainecf.org/communitybuilding.

The Maine Community Foundation brings people and resources together to build a better Maine through strategic giving, community leadership, personalized service, local expertise and strong investments. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.

 

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The Maine Community Foundation’s Knox County Committee awarded a grant to AIO Food and Energy Assistance to purchase a refrigerated truck to keep pace with projected food distribution needs. Photo courtesy AIO Food and Energy Assistance

2024 grants from the Knox County Committee:

  • AIO Food and Energy Assistance, project support, for a refrigerated truck to keep pace with projected food distribution needs: $10,000 
  • Friends of Isle au Haut Lighthouse, general support, to restore the Isle au Haut Lighthouse: $10,000
  • Leaps of Imagination, general support, to inspire young people to flourish as imaginative, innovative thinkers with the confidence to explore, create, and collaborate as artists and stewards of the Earth: $10,000 
  • Midcoast Recovery Coalition, general support, to provide a healthy environment for families, healing the effects of drug addiction and reintegration into the community through two certified recovery residences: $10,000 
  • MidCoast Regional Housing Trust, general support, to develop permanent, year-round workforce housing in Knox County and neighboring towns: $10,000
  • One Community Many Voices, general support, to support immigrants moving to the midcoast: $10,000 
  • RSU 13, project support, for its partnership with Trekkers to teach leadership through mentorship and relationship building: $10,000 
  • St. George Community Development Corporation, general support, to provide nutritious food to clients of its food pantry: $8,540  
  • Wessaweskeag Historical Society, general support, to acquire equipment that supports and strengthens our curatorial ability to preserve the materials that relate to the history of our community: $1,913

From donor-advised funds (as of April 2024):

  • Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, project support, to engage community volunteers and increase affordable housing stock by constructing a single-family home: $7,000 
  • Southern Harbor Eldercare Services, general support, to ensure North Haven community members have access to resources and support to age in community: $3,000 
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