Recent Grants: Knox County Fund

2017 Grants

  • Cooperative Development Institute, to strengthen workforce, business development, and governance skills of cooperative members and workers in the Midcoast: $2,500
  • 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: $3,000
  • Hurricane Island Foundation, to connect the past to the present through preservation of historic and cultural assets: $1,500
  • Maine Behavioral Healthcare, to expand a community-based recovery art program in Rockland for low-income adults with mental health and/or substance use challenges: $5,000
  • Merryspring, Inc. , to construct raised beds as part of the garden network for use by physically challenged community members and others: $3,000
  • Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, to continue constructing affordable housing and build community: $7,500
  • Millay House Rockland, to support the Millay Arts and Poetry Festival: $3,000
  • MSAD 28, for a “makerspace” at Camden-Rockport Middle School: $2,000
  • The General Henry Knox Museum, to create a new Montpelier exhibit,The Thomaston Room, that will tell the history of the circa-1929 memorial, and the town that built it: $1,496
  • William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, to grow and enhance the Memory Gallery, a museum tour program for adults living with early stages of memory loss and their care partners: $2,500
  • Midcoast Recovery Coalition, to help Knox County families struggling with addiction help their children thrive and end the cycle of addiction: $3,000
  • P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, to help provide more necessary medical care for the homeless and abandoned animals: $2,000

2016 Grants

  • Camden Public Library, to transform an old shed into a year-round book sales center: $6,000
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, to support a website redesign, trail guides, and kiosk information: $1,500
  • Hurricane Island Foundation, to support Fishermen’s Academy teachers and students in targeted areas of need: $2,000
  • Island Readers and Writers, for an intergenerational literature-based program that celebrates the works of E.B. White: $4,000
  • Knox County Homeless Coalition, for additional fundraising and donor-support staff: $5,000
  • Maine Coast Heritage Trust, to expand distribution of produce grown by Teen Ag youth: $2,500
  • Rockland Historical Society, to retain a fundraising consultant: $1,400
  • Tanglewood Camp and Learning Center, to enhance trails, improve public access, and increase educational opportunities: $2,000
  • The Coastal Children’s Museum, to replace outdated systems and hardware: $3,000
  • Vinalhaven Land Trust, to create a story trail on Vinalhaven: $3,700
  • Waterman’s Community Center, to establish Fox Islands Outing Club, $3,000

2015 Grants

  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, to partner with The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast to train land trust volunteers as youth mentors: $1,500
  • Georges River Land Trust, to expand the Georges Highland Path in lower Georges River watershed with a new three-mile trail in St. George and a one-mile extension of the Town Forest Trail in Thomaston: $4,329
  • Habitat for Humanity, Inc., to support Healthy Homes, Healthy Families: $5,000
  • Hurricane Island Foundation, to expand programming opportunities with local middle- and high-school students: $2,000
  • Knox County Homeless Coalition, to create a new post-shelter care program for clients who have moved into their own independent housing and need support to lead independent lives: $10,000
  • Methodist Conference Home, Inc., to build a program of basic services to support frail senior citizens in Knox County so they can remain independent in their own homes: $5,800
  • Penobscot School, for a kitchen renovation to enhance learning of languages and cultures through culinary activities: $1,000
  • Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, for the “Justice Matters: When We Cry for Justice, What do We Really Mean?” book and film discussion series designed to foster greater public understanding of restorative justice: $1,000
  • Trekkers, Inc., to expand Cross-America Trekkers, a 10-month expeditionary learning program for 10th-grade students: $3,000
  • Vinalhaven Eldercare Services-Resources, to strengthen development efforts and develop a long-range plan to meet fundraising needs: $1,400
  • William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, for the 2015 Oak Street Mural Arts Workshop, a collaboration of the Farnsworth, Rockland Recreation Center Saturday Studio, and Planet Incorporated, which will engage Knox County youth in a public mural in downtown Rockland: $5,000

2014 Grants

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, to build organizational capacity: $1,300
  • Friends of Maine Seabirds Islands, to hire staff for communications and outreach to increase long-term capacity: $2,100
  • Habitat for Humanity, for expansion of the construction program to include rehab and redevelopment: $5,000
  • Hurricane Island Foundation, to increase science programming with local students: $3,000
  • Island Community Medical Services, for the Vinalhaven Community Wellness Coalition: $3,000
  • Megunticook Watershed Association, for the Watershed Steward Program: $3,000
  • Midcoast Area Veterans Memorial, to design a walkway between the Midcoast Area Veterans Memorial and the 4th Maine Memorial as part of a collaborative effort: $2,500
  • The North Haven Community School, to create a school/community garden, the centerpiece of the new farm-to-school lunch and education program: $4,000
  • Thomaston Historical Society, to digitize the Thomaston historical records: $3,800
  • Union Historical Society, to fund a data entry person to archive the collection: $2,000
  • Vose Library, to increase capacity for patron study, computer use, and collaborative work space by furnishing a designated area in the library: $2,625

2013 Grants

  • American Lighthouse Foundation, Rockland, to support improvements to public access and visitor experience at Owls Head Lighthouse: $5,000
  • Camden International Film Festival, Camden, to develop a new website and database: $5,000
  • Camden Stage Festival, Camden, to support "Savage Beauties,” an original and groundbreaking trans-disciplinary performance event: $2,500
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Camden, to develop safer and enhanced public access to the Bald Mountain summit trail: $1,000
  • Hurricane Island Foundation, Rockland, to support the Retreat for School Leaders 2013: $1,000
  • Jackson Memorial Library, Tenants Harbor, to support the Fresh and Healthy Cooking Club: $1,323
  • Out As I Want to Be, Rockland, to improve the constituent database and redesign and enhance online communications: $4,500
  • Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, Belfast, to conduct a comprehensive evaluation plan to support RJP’s Court Diversion and Reentry Mentoring programs towards becoming evidence-based model programs: $3,000
  • RSU 40, Union, to transform the chess club to a chess team by improving players' abilities, playing at ranked tournaments and becoming a ranked team: $2,450
  • Trekkers, Inc., Thomaston, to expand the leadership training program for 11th and 12th grade students: $2,500
  • William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, to purchase a portable tour guide system that will benefit individuals both residing in and visiting Knox County: $4,500

2012 Grants

  • Arts and Recreation Center (The ARC), Vinalhaven, to provide additional cold storage for food in order to provide a market outlet for local farmers and easy, affordable access to local food for community members: $3,000
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Camden, to provide improved public access to conserved lands in Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville by replacing two aging bridges at the Harkness and Hodson Preserve and developing a new 1-mile section of trail at the Young's Neck Preserve on Lake Megunticook: $2,500
  • Five Town Communities that Care, Rockport, for the STAR Program to provide children with healthy activities as an alternative to engaging in trouble behaviors: $3,000
  • Friends of Midcoast Maine, Camden, to expand the 2012 Smart Growth Education Workshop series to include a new hands-on workshop with Rockland and/or other interested towns on "Re-Inhabiting the Commercial Strip": $3,000
  • Georges River Land Trust, Rockland, to adopt and enhance five nature and history learning Quests created by local students: $3,000
  • Georges River Tidewater Association, Thomaston, to train, equip, and deploy volunteers to monitor pH, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, turbidity, water temperature, and salinitiy in the St. George estuary: $1,700
  • Medomak Valley Land Trust, Waldoboro, to support Young Friends of the Watershed, created to unite young adults who are committed to enjoying and protecting special places in the Medomak River watershed: $1,000
  • Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, Rockport, to support the organization's weatherization program: $5,500
  • The Rig, Camden, to support special event nights, including Movie Night and Open Mic Night: $1,000
  • Trekkers, Inc., Thomaston, to support expansion of the "Advanced Trekkers" program for 8th grade students: $5,000
  • Vinalhaven Chamber of Commerce, Vinalhaven, for improvements to the organization's website and information kiosks: $1,000

2011 Grants

  • Arts and Recreation Center (The ARC), Vinalhaven, to hire a farm educator to work with students in a hands-on agricultural and culinary training program through ARCafe: $600
  • Camden Public Library, Camden, to support "An American Cultural Journey - Books, Music and Movies!", three programs highlighting visit by David McCullough: $2,825
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Camden, for staffing and training to improve the capacity of CMLT's volunteer program: $300
  • Genesis Fund, Damariscotta, to provide technical assistance to the Isle au Haut Community Development Corporation enabling them to access funding from MaineHousing to build affordable, year-round housing: $2,500
  • Midcoast Magnet, Camden, for facilitator training for the Midcoast Magnet board and collaborating partners: $2,500
  • North Haven Arts & Enrichment, North Haven, to support the "It's Our Future Too: Middle School Island Sustainability Conference": $3,000
  • Out As I Want to Be, Rockland, to hire a part-time executive director: $5,300
  • Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, for the creation of a traveling exhibit of historic photographs of towns in Knox County from the museum's Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company collection: $4,000
  • Restorative Justice Project of the MidCoast, Belfast, for the purchase of a web-based data management program: $3,250
  • Rockland Historical Society, Rockland, to upgrade a computer and hire two consultants and two technicians to scan and catalog 2,000 historical photos in the collection: $5,000
  • The Coastal Children's Museum, Rockland, to arrange and attend a professional board training session and guided retreat: $2,000
  • The Community School, Camden,for the expansion of the Green Project Initiative: $4,000