Recent Grants: Maine Charity Foundation Fund

2017 Grants

  • Age Friendly Saco, to create Community Gardens for All Ages to address the specific needs of older adults by developing raised garden beds and intergenerational programming: $2,500
  • Arooostook Area Agency on Aging, to increase the capacity of the adult day care program by hiring a nurse: $5,100
  • Aroostook Band of Micmacs, to expand the tribal elders program: $7,403
  • Charlotte White Center, to assist five towns with developing age-friendly initiatives that address the needs of older, underserved, and vulnerable adults in the Piscataquis region: $3,500
  • Eastern Area Agency on Aging, to expand the Active Connexions program to rural Penobscot County and help to increase opportunities for socialization and reduce isolation among rural older adults: $2,488
  • Eastport Arts Center, to enable community members for whom mobility is a challenge to connect with live EAC events through the use of simulcast streaming technology: $5,000
  • Elder Abuse Institute of Maine, to increase outreach efforts to identify vulnerable elders who are at risk for abuse, neglect and exploitation, and therefore in need of assistance: $6,500
  • ElderCare Network of Lincoln County, to significantly increase activities for residents in seven assisted living homes to promote healthy, happy living: $7,000
  • Good Shepherd Food Bank, to offer three Cooking Matters courses to low-income Mainers with a specific focus on low-income senior housing sites: $2,500
  • Harpswell Aging at Home, to hire a part-time coordinator for HAH's "Lunch with Friends" program, which provides free lunches to older Harpswell residents: $2,500
  • Healthy Peninsula, to lead the regional Age-Friendly initiative through community assessment and into action planning, with full engagement from community members, service providers, and town leaders: $3,500
  • Maine Humanities Council, to enable MHC library programming to reach rural seniors and connect them with their communities: $7,500
  • Maine Seacoast Mission, to fund a part-time position to manage 125 volunteers, vital to running elder-focused programs including a community meal, mobile food pantry, coffee house, and games day: $3,500
  • Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, to provide home delivery of free groceries for medically homebound, low-income, elderly community members, thus reducing isolation while improving nutrition: $3,500
  • People Plus, to expand and improve our Volunteer Transportation Network (VTN), which provides free rides for homebound elders in need of rides for both medical and vital services: $1,992
  • Portland Public Library, to launch book discussion groups in six local senior housing facilities to promote connections among residents: $4,300
  • Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts, to purchase closed captioning hardware and software, audio descriptive hardware and software, and audio-amplifier devices for live performances and movies: $3,563
  • Rural Community Action Ministry, to expand transportation services to seniors living in rural Maine who have no other means of transportation to medical appointments: $3,500
  • Stockton Springs Library Committee, to offer winter tai chi classes and continue the speakers' series on health and legal topics: $2,500

2016 Grants

  • Aroostook County Action Program, to purchase adaptive playground equipment for special-needs children ages birth to five at centers in Fort Kent, Caribou, and Presque Isle: $8,000
  • Bath Housing Development Corp., to expand the Anchorage Community Garden, make it accessible to people with disabilities, and enclose it with fencing: $5,000
  • Community Concepts, Inc., to provide transportation to Head Start children and seniors in Rumford to help children attend preschool and improve quality of life for older adults: $8,000
  • Eastern Area Agency on Aging, for equipment to bring online enrichment and physical activity classes to 40 underserved older adults in the agency's service area: $6,000
  • Eastport Arts Center, to prepare disadvantaged children for kindergarten by helping them develop social and cognitive skills through early exposure to the arts: $3,000
  • Gedakina, Inc., to expand the Braiding Sweetgrass initiative for women and girls from a pilot program in one community to six tribal communities across Maine: $4,000
  • Island Connections, for an expanded volunteer recruitment and recognition program to increase and train more volunteer drivers: $5,000
  • Maine Dental Health Out-Reach, to purchase an X-ray sensor for the mobile dental van that provides restorative and emergent care to more than 500 underserved children at 35 schools in central and western Maine: $8,000
  • Maine Humanities Council, to provide cultural experiences for rural, older Maine adults that will reduce their isolation: $5,000
  • Penobscot Nation Boys & Girls Club, to expand and improve the community garden while bringing youth and older adults together: $8,400
  • Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts, to fund a daily after-school youth arts program for students in Rangeley Lakes Regional school district and surrounding towns of Phillips and Stratton: $5,000
  • Tedford Housing, to help students remain actively engaged in school through the new Brighter Future Fund: $5,000
  • Tree Street Youth, to train and equip staff with the necessary skills and tools for tracking, assessing, and measuring program performance by enhancing the center's data collection systems: $8,000

2015 Grants

  • Bangor Area Recovery Network, to purchase furniture and upgrade wiring for the Recovery Home: $5,000
  • Bangor Symphony Orchestra, to produce Puccini's "La Bohème," the finale of BSO’s 120th season: $5,000
  • Community Health and Counseling Services, to provide in-home telecommunication monitoring of patients with congestive heart failure who live in Piscataquis or Washington counties: $4,000
  • Down East Hospice Volunteers, to support training opportunities for Down East Hospice Volunteers and the Washington County community: $5,000
  • Dr. Shaw Memorial Library, for renovation and expansion that will increase access to humanities programming for residents of Mount Vernon and Vienna: $4,000
  • Gedakina, to support "Circles of Strength" mentoring for Native American boys and young men that focuses on healthy relationships, risk-taking behavior, violence prevention, conflict resolution, and life skills: $4,000
  • Jesup Memorial Library, to expand resources for Jesup's "Makerspace-in-the-Making" program: $2,500
  • Lobster Conservancy, for Fishing for Data in Friendship that will examine changes in the lobster population by comparing contents of lobster traps at sea with data lobstermen gathered more than a decade ago: $2,000
  • Maine Humanities Council, to support Worlds in Our Libraries: In-Depth Humanities Programming for Maine's Rural Communities: $5,000
  • Portland Public Library, to better serve the community through expanded public computer access at the main library: $4,562
  • Portland Maine Symphony Orchestra, to purchase a new conductor’s podium: $4,000
  • SeniorsPlus, for seven Chromebooks and compatible printers for a new program that will train volunteer outreach workers to offer one-on-one Medicare advice and enrollment assistance to prospective clients: $2,462
  • The Iris Network, to support the Low Income Fund for Tools that will provide video magnification tools and ongoing training to low-income clients with visual impairments and libraries: $5,000
  • The Opportunity Alliance, for the Parkside Neighborhood Center outdoor play area renovation: $4,470
  • Trekkers, to purchase a GPS unit, walkie-talkies, and two BioLite BaseCamp cook stoves for use in its expanding programs: $1,000
  • Trustees of Bloomfield Academy, for elevator addition construction, the last phase of the library renovation project: $4,000
  • Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, to support The Legacy Project, which creates personalized DVDs for hospice patients and their families because everyone has a story to tell: $3,500
  • Waldo County Woodshed, to provide wood to families who heat with wood but can’t afford it: $2,000
  • Weld Free Public Library Association, to restore the building’s interior to the architect’s original intent, make the infrastructure energy efficient, and meet code with insulation, attic ventilation, new wiring, and an efficient heating system: $3,000
  • Whitneyville Library and Whatnot Association, to repair or replace faulty plumbing and paint and repair the library’s exterior: $5,000