Washington County Fund

Total applications received in last grant cycle: 32 applications for a total of $256,132
Grant dollars awarded: $95,907
Average award: $6,851
Percentage of applicants that received grants: 74%
Number of grants awarded: 14
Application deadline: February 15

Recent grants from the Washington County Fund

Photo: Members of the Washington County Committee, from right, are: Marcia Chaffee, Jane Weil, Lisa Marin, Chris Kuhni, Gwen Jones, Suzanne Crawford (chair), William Attick, Rob Gardiner, and Susan Corbett. Missing: Chris Rudd. Faye Mack photo

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Launched in 1986 with gifts from three local banks, the Washington County Fund provides permanent support to nonprofits in the region. Overseen by an advisory committee of local community leaders who partner with the foundation to build charitable resources, the Washington County Fund has awarded almost 200 grants since 1987.

The Maine Community Foundation manages the Washington County Fund, and local leaders, knowledgeable about their communities, help review grant applications and distribute funding.

Other ways the community foundation is serving the region

  • In addition to the Washington County Fund, the foundation currently holds more than $4 million in assets dedicated to Washington County in the form of donor-advised funds, scholarships, designated funds to support specific organizations, and field-of-interest funds.
  • Since 2002 more than $260,000 in additional grant support for projects serving Washington County has come from a network of Maine Community Foundation donors in support of proposals submitted to the foundation’s competitive grant programs.
  • Washington County Scholarships
  • The community foundation manages more than $3.5 million in charitable long-term funds on behalf of other nonprofit organizations throughout Washington County.

To make a donation or for more information about the Washington County Fund

Please contact Cathy Melio at the Maine Community Foundation by phone, toll-free, at (877) 700-6800, or by e-mail at cmelio@mainecf.org.

Washington County Committee

Chris Rudd, Machias, Chair

William Attick, Dennysville

Marcia Chaffee, Trescott

Susan Corbett, Machias

Ron Gardiner, Calais

Gwen Jones, Pembroke

Chris Kuhni, Milbridge

Lisa Marin, Jonesport

Paul Strickland, Robbinston