Richard Silliboy of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, prepares ash for traditional basketmaking in his workshop near Littleton.
 Photo Thalassa Raasch/MaineCF

Here are just a few from 2017...


  • The Conservation Fund, to coordinate partnerships with five organizations to protect 18,840 acres for wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and economic development for communities of Hancock and Washington counties. Fund for Maine Land Conservation


  • Four Directions Development Corp., to conduct an assessment of on-reservation lending models and assess the lending potential in the Maliseet community. Penobscot County Fund 
  • Mount Desert Island High School, to hold a statewide Rainbow Ball Weekend of educational, aspirational, and social activities for rural Maine LGBTQ and allied teens.
  • OUT As I Want to Be, to provide training and support to under-resourced rural schools that struggle to provide safe spaces for LGBTQ youth, particularly transgender youth in elementary schools. Statewide Community Building
  • The Maine Multicultural Center, to encourage the economic development and business opportunities that immigrants spark and provide assistance to acclimate and connect immigrant populations to Eastern Maine. Penobscot County Fund


  • Greater Portland Family Promise, to support transportation of homeless families between the Day Center and host congregations. Cumberland County Fund
  • 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. Waldo County Fund
  • Multilingual & Multicultural Center, Portland Public Schools, to establish a Multilingual Parent University to increase parent involvement in schools and empower them, with a goal of improving student academic success. People of Color Fund
  • New Mainers Public Health Initiative, to expand learning sessions for parents to share information and help their developmentally delayed or cognitively challenged children in medical, school, and home contexts. Androscoggin County Fund
  • Open Door Recovery Center, for child care/parenting education and development of Hills House Residential Treatment Program. Hancock County Fund
  • York County Shelter Programs, for the Family Matters Addiction Treatment program to counsel, support, and educate children and other family members of those struggling with addiction. York County Fund


  • Maine Charity Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, to provide home delivery of free groceries for medically homebound, low-income, older community members to reduce their isolation and improve nutrition. Maine Charity Foundation Fund
  • Town of Madawaska, to help the local food pantry make energy efficiency improvements that will decrease operational costs and increase funding available for programming. Aroostook County Fund
  • Twin Villages Foodbank Farm, to grow, distribute, and store nutrient-dense fresh food using organic practices for low-income residents of Lincoln County. Lincoln County Fund 


  • Hospice of Southern Maine, for capital improvements to the public spaces and patient rooms at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. Welch Charitable Fund
  • Maine Medical Center, to support the Learning Collaborative, a partnership of clinical learners working to address health care for homeless people in Portland in collaboration with Preble Street. Francis Hollis Brain Foundation Fund
  • New Mainers Public Health Initiative, to expand Women’s Health Series workshops that provide information to immigrant and refugee women on a range of issues, including heart disease and standard diagnostic tests for women’s health like mammograms and pap smears.  People of Color Fund


  • Colonial Theater, Inc., to restore the Augusta theater’s sub-floor. Belvedere Historic Preservation Fund
  • Penobscot Theatre, to produce “Ugly Lies the Bone” by Lindsey Ferrentino, and to ensure access to the Bangor performances for veterans, active military, and their families. Maine Theater Fund
  • Quoddy Tides Foundation, to develop a Place Over Time walking tour and related materials for Tides Institute Museum of Art’s six historic buildings. Washington County Fund
  • Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum, to create an exhibit that features the world’s largest potato basket and highlights contributions of the Micmacs to potato harvesting in Aroostook County. Aroostook County Fund
  • The Committee to Restore the Abyssinian Meeting House, to research period clothing, create costumes, and develop a script for a one-act play about the Underground Railroad. Maine Expansion Arts Fund 


  • The Center for Wisdom's Women, to further develop the herb gardening and social enterprise project to cultivate job skills, meaningful work, and ultimately income. Androscoggin County Fund


  • Age Friendly Saco, to create Community Gardens for All Ages to address needs of older adults by developing raised garden beds and intergenerational programming. Maine Charity Foundation Fund
  • Aroostook Band of Micmacs, to expand the tribal elders program. Maine Charity Foundation Fund
  • Eastern Area Agency on Aging, to provide low-income older people and adults free money management services so they can live independent and financially stable lives. $10,000. Statewide Community Building
  • Maine Highlands Senior Center, for Senior Commons Community Conversations to encourage community participation in program development for the new Senior Commons. Piscataquis County Fund
  • Maine Seacoast Mission, to fund a part-time position to manage 125 volunteers who are vital to running elder-focused programs, including a community meal, mobile food pantry, coffee house, and games day. Maine Charity Foundation Fund  


  • 4-H Clubs & Affiliated 4-H Organizations, to help youth pursue career aspirations in forestry and agriculture in Maine Western Mountains Fund
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, to expand the Big Readers Site-Based Mentoring project to support more children reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Rines Thompson Fund
  • Maine Early Learning Investment Group, to elevate quality early childhood education and effective parent engagement to break the cycle of poverty. Western Mountains Fund
  • Oxford Hills Community Gardens, to build the Community Garden Library & Resource Center to increase and enhance agricultural educational services for hundreds of local youth. Oxford County Fund
  • Preble Street, to meet the basic needs of homeless youth and help them establish stability through supportive services. Welch Charitable Fund

  • - Andrea Nemitz