Western Mountains Fund


Western Mountains Grant in Action

Students from the Foster Career and Technical Education Center in Farmington, Maine, worked through snow and cold to build a replacement home for an older couple. The Western Maine Community Action project was funded in part by a grant from the Western Mountains Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

MaineCF celebrated the 25th year of the Western Mountains Fund in September 2017 with two, $2,500 anniversary grants to Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County and Healthy Community Coalition. The King and Jean Cummings Charitable Fund also awarded a $25,000 challenge grant to celebrate the anniversary of the Western Mountains Fund. All contributions to the fund will be matched dollar for dollar. You can support the fund by giving now.

The Western Mountains Fund was launched in 1992 with a gift from the late H. King Cummings, who was an ardent, early supporter of the Maine Community Foundation. The fund’s advisory committee awarded initial grants to Athens Union Meeting House, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kennebec Valley, and Bossov Ballet Theatre, among other nonprofits in the region. Since that time, the Western Mountains Committee has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants.

The Maine Community Foundation manages the Western Mountains 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 Western Mountains Fund, the foundation currently holds more than $2.6 million in assets dedicated to Franklin and Somerset counties through donor-advised funds, scholarships, nonprofit endowments, field-of-interest funds, and designated funds to support specific organizations.
  • Since 2002, the foundation has generated more than $111,000 in additional grant support for projects serving Western Mountains region from its network of donors responding to proposals submitted to the foundation's competitive grant programs
  • Franklin County scholarships
  • Somerset County scholarships
  • The community foundation manages more than $3.4 million in charitable long-term funds on behalf of other nonprofit organizations throughout Franklin and Somerset counties.

To make a donation or for more information about the Western Mountains Fund

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

Somerset and Franklin County organizations interested in grants larger than $7,500 or funding for capital or equipment expenses are strongly encouraged to contact a member of the Western Mountains advisory committee or Laura Reed, foundation officer.

Western Mountains Committee

Karen Hart, Chair, Smithfield

Flint Christie, Vice Chair, Farmington

Dr. Ann Dorney, Norridgewock

Matthew DuBois, Skowhegan

Alan DuPlessis, Jackman

Ernest Hilton, Starks

Amber Lambke, Skowhegan

Barry London, Carrabassett Valley

William Pierce, New Vineyard

Saskia Haugen-Reinholt, Phillips

Anne Roosevelt, Embden

Jos Thalheimer, Avon