Knox County nonprofits and projects benefit from MaineCF grants

July 15, 2022

More than $53,000 in Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) grants will help strengthen nonprofit organizations and projects in Knox County. The nine grants through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program include $53,307 recommended by the Knox County Committee and two additional grants totaling $7,658 from people with donor-advised funds.

Grant recipients include:

· Island Village Childcare, Vinalhaven, to build a safe, outdoor play set: $3,350 Boys and Girls Club of Augusta, to divert juvenile offenders to restorative programs to avoid incarceration, recidivism, and learning loss from school suspensions.

· Knox County Homeless Coalition, Rockport, for a collaborative, affordable-housing initiative that will provide up to 26 units with on-site, client-care services.

· Mid-Coast Health Net, Rockland, to provide restorative dentistry and expanded hygiene services for low-income children and adults.

The Knox County Fund 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. The next proposal deadline is Feb. 15, 2023. The application, guidelines and list of all 2022 grants are at www.mainecf.org.

The Knox County Fund, established in 1993, is built through donations from the community. If you would like more information about the fund or grant program, please contact Foundation Officer Cate Cronin at (207) 412-2001 or ccronin@mainecf.org.

The Maine Community Foundation brings people and resources together to build a better Maine. MaineCF has offices in Ellsworth and Portland with additional staff located across the state. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.

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