Recent Grants: Cumberland County Fund

2014 Grants

  • Friends of the Eastern Promenade, to support completion of the Fort Allen Rehabilitation Project: $5,000
  • Greater Portland Charitable Furniture Center, to upgrade the website: $5,000
  • Greater Portland Landmarks, Inc., to support completion of oral histories from 20 community leaders in historic preservation for the past 30-50 years: $3,111
  • Painting for a Purpose, to offer workshops and technical assistance on service learning and grant writing to Deering High School: $2,500
  • Portland Housing Services Corporation, to support youth community leadership through expansion and promotion of youth-led events and programming in low-income neighborhoods: $10,000
  • Roil, to spearhead creation of a safety net for formerly incarcerated individuals through theater workshops in the community, mentoring for past program participants inside Long Creek Youth Development Center, and creation of The Southern Maine Re-Entry Coalition: $8,050
  • The Root Cellar, to support Job Finding, a program that will help current job seekers be better equipped when they enter the work force: $3,600
  • RSU 14, for Teen Trendsetters to provide one-on-one mentoring by teens to second- and third-grade students who are at least six months behind their peers in reading: $8,000

2013 Grants

  • Chebeague Island School, Chebeague Island, for the Chebeague Island School Garden Program to build an outdoor pizza oven: $3,850
  • Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, Portland, to support Pop-Up Playscapes, a series of community arts events held in public parks in low-income areas: $4,499
  • Community Television Network, Portland, to upgrade the cablecast system: $10,000
  • Friends of Casco Bay, South Portland, to expand the BayScaping Project: $7,500
  • Opportunity Alliance, Portland, for Phase I of the Collective Impact initiative in the Parkside neighborhood of Portland, leveraging community resources in order to achieve meaningful and sustainable improvement in the lives of those living in poverty: $5,000
  • Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center, Windham, for capacity building support to improve RTT’s management information systems in order to better serve clients, volunteers and funders: $7,500

2012 Grants

  • A Company of Girls, Portland, to support Board Building and Education for a Sustainable Future: $1,900
  • Biodiversity, Gorham, for River Point Wildlife Research and Education: A Bird's Eye View to build capacity for an environmental education project centered on active migratory bird research: $2,112
  • Brunswick Community Center for Senior Citizens, Brunswick, to evaluate, revamp and expand the Homebound Outreach Programs of People Plus serving homebound seniors in the Brunswick, Harpswell, and Topsham area: $3,625
  • Cathance River Education Alliance, Topsham, to provide curriculum-aligned nature-based education programs for twenty-three classes in grades 2 - 4 at the newly constructed Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School in Brunswick, expanding current programming by one-half: $8,000
  • Coastal Humane Society, Brunswick, for a Public Assistance Program to serve pets of families in our community experiencing financial hardship: $4,375
  • Friends of Casco Bay, South Portland, to assess the vulnerability of Casco Bay's clam flats to coastal acidification and find ways for clammers and other resource harvesters to easily measure pH levels in clam flat sediments: $3,750
  • Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, Harpswell, to build HHLT's capacity to fulfill its educational mission and improve its member and community outreach: $5,000
  • Learning Works, Portland, to support the Riverton Family Literacy Initiative, a collaborative family literacy program that seeks to improve the literacy of impoverished families whose children attend the Riverton Head Start Program: $5,500
  • KIDS Consortium, Augusta, to strengthen core math, science and civic skills through replicable after-school and summer service-learning experiences for young people in Cumberland County: $4,000
  • Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, Gorham, to conduct a board and staff strategic planning process to reviews its mission, vision statement, and define objectives for the next five years and strategies to accomplish these objectives as well as a financial forecast and development plan to accomplish this plan: $2,760
  • The Root Cellar, Portland, to provide a progressive series of programs including ESL education, career counseling and job placement, and develop a co-op exchange focused on moving individuals toward financial independence: $7,500
  • The Telling Room, Portland, for capacity building support to implement the strategic plan, develop internal infrastructure, and implement organizational policies: $3,250

2011 Grants

  • Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Brunswick, to support the final phase of a multi-year organizational development and capacity building effort: $2,500
  • Center for Grieving Children, Portland, to support the Children's Survivors of Suicide Support Group: $2,500
  • Clean Air - Cool Planet, Portsmouth, N.H., to work with the Greater Portland Council of Governments and within the greater Portland region to gather community suggestions for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and to compile these into a regional climate plan: $5,000
  • Creative Portland Corporation, Portland, for capacity building project facilitation and meeting support: $1,000
  • Friends of Casco Bay, South Portland, for equipment and staff time associated with training local community members to monitor coastal waters for pH levels: $4,000
  • Independence Association, Brunswick, for the Spindleworks program "Artist : Artist," a community-building mentoring program: $1,700
  • Let's Get Ready, Boston, Mass., for the Maine LGR Project to expand college access for low-income high school students by providing free SAT preparation and counseling: $1,500
  • Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center, Windham, for staffing to implement the strategic plan: $5,000
  • Seeds of Independence, Freeport, to support the organization's high school mentoring program: $2,800
  • Terra Moto, Portland, to support PORTLAND WORKS, a two-year citywide civic engagement arts project: $3,235
  • The Community School, Camden, for the expansion of the Green Project Initiative to Opportunity Farm: $2,500
  • The Rufus Porter Museum, Bridgton, to expand the Cultural Heritage lecture and workshop series: $2,475

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