Recent Grants: Western Mountains Fund

2018 Grants

  • Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, Westbrook, for free spay/neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations in Cumberland County: $15,000
  • Franklin County Children's Task Force, to support the sexual abuse prevention strategies provided in the Healthy Relationships curriculum for children in grades K-8 in three school districts: $10,000
  • Greater Franklin Development Council, to find new methods to increase the reach, value, and relevance of existing cultural offerings in southern Franklin County: $10,000
  • High Peaks Creative Council, for regional school students to work with artists to create painted quilt-block plaques and install the community-generated public art onto roadside barns for the American Barn Quilt Trail: $5,600
  • Main Street Skowhegan in partnership with Wesserunsett Arts Council, to make the Skowhegan community more welcoming to all people through education, celebration of different heritages, and community conversations that will foster inclusion and understanding: $9,000
  • Maine School of Masonry, to purchase computers to incorporate blueprint design and other technical computer lessons to enhance overall curriculum as well as the new historic restoration/preservation program: $4,000
  • Phillips Public Library, to continue developing and expanding year-round programming for the adjacent 1894 educational building into an arts/music studio: $6,100
  • Safe Voices, to improve public health and enhance coordinated community response to domestic violence in Franklin County by increasing access to Safe Voices advocates and medical professionals: $7,200
  • Somerset Woods Trustees, to educate landowners about protection of the Kennebec River, increase recreational trail use to encourage appreciation of  the river, and increase the volunteer base and membership: $5,475
  • Wesserunsett Arts Council in partnership with Main Street Skowhegan, to make the Skowhegan community more welcoming to all people through education, celebration of different heritages, and community conversations that will foster inclusion and understanding: $9,000

2017 Grants

  • 4-H Clubs & Affiliated 4-H Organizations, to help youth pursue career aspirations in Maine forestry and agriculture: $8,000
  • Friends of L.C. Bates Museum, to plan and develop Our Feathered Friends, Maine’s Incredible Ornithology program: $1,500
  • Lake George Regional Park, to develop a fundraising plan to build capacity and ensure long-term sustainability: $10,000
  • Literacy Volunteers, to increase health literacy for adults with low reading levels: $2,540
  • Main Street Skowhegan, to fund a new position to help implement the Skowhegan Strategic Plan for Community Transformation: $10,000
  • Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, to support homebound students who are pregnant, parenting, or suffering from a disorder: $5,600
  • Maine Central Institute, to expand the Bossov Ballet Theatre summer intensive program: $4,500
  • Maine Early Learning Investment Group, to elevate quality early childhood education and effective parent engagement to break the cycle of poverty: $10,000
  • Penobscot Community Health Center, Inc., to send a licensed pharmacist to Jackman Community Health Center to perform medication management services: $10,000
  • Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, to develop a campus master plan: $5,000
  • University of Southern Maine, to develop and test health care career pathway tools for youth: $4,205
  • Western Maine Play Museum, to purchase a rocket launcher station and makerspace materials for the invention room exhibit: $7,000

2016 Grants

  • Maine Early Learning Investment Group, to elevate early education in Somerset County: $10,000
  • Maine Grain Alliance, for the Flint Corn Restoration Project: $4,750
  • Maine Huts & Trails, to offer biannual, credit-bearing internships to Maine college students as part of the Youth Experiential and Environmental programs: $4,000
  • Phillips Public Library, to develop extended programs on the second floor of the library: $4,850
  • Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society, for the archive support program: $10,000
  • Rangeley Region Health and Wellness Partnership, for Helping Elders Live in Place adult respite program: $5,000
  • Somerset Economic Development Corp., to help reduce barriers for adults in the workforce: $10,000
  • Stanley Museum, Inc., to develop a business and communication plan: $3,500
  • Town of Smithfield, to install a hood ventilation system for fire suppression: $3,500
  • Wesserunsett Arts Council, to create a cultural plan for Somerset County: $5,500
  • Western Maine Community Action, Inc., to support the Community Home Replacement Program: $10,000

2015 Grants

  • Chesterville Center Union Meeting House, to support the Chesterville Connections initiative: $3,000
  • Fit Girls of Wilton, Maine, to expand the after-school running and reading program to a third school location: $1,200
  • Franklin County Children’s Task Force, to provide the Nurturing Fathers program for fathers in Franklin County: $4,000
  • Friends of L.C. Bates Museum, to support the Student Internships Inspire Learning project: $1,600
  • History House Association, Inc., to design and install three interpretive panels: $6,000
  • Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, Inc., to expand services to underserved areas of Somerset County: $10,000
  •  Longfellow Mountains Heritage Trails, to support High Peaks Scenic Byway Heritage Trail, Phase 1: $10,000
  •  Main Street Skowhegan, to expand local partnerships and stakeholders in developing a new strategic plan for downtown Skowhegan: $7,500
  •  Penobscot Community Health Center, for Jackman Community Health Center to conduct an outreach and development project: $5,000
  • Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts, to strengthen community through an annual Western Mountains Photography Show: $1,000
  • Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen’s Association, to support its Range Improvement Project: $2, 000
  • Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad, to create a Living History Railroad Museum by renovation of the brick mansion, Ambleside: $9,700
  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services, for a rural educator and advocate position: $10,000
  • Skowhegan Area Middle School, for teachers and students to experience hands-on lake water-quality experiments and activities: $2,960
  • Wesserunsett Arts Council, Inc., to hire an arts consultant to facilitate a convening of arts, crafts, cultural, and economic partners: $10,000

2014 Grants

  • 4-H Clubs & Affiliated 4-H Organizations, for Youth Trustees in Philanthropy to inspire youth leadership and promote personal integrity in social change: $10,000
  • Farmington Historical Society, to increase the use of North Church as a community event center by installing heat exchangers, enlarging the stage, and upgrading electrical capacity: $9,000
  • High Peaks Creative Council, to connect Maine High Peaks assets through strategic place-making: $9,000
  • Maine Huts & Trails, to enhance learning for school and youth groups within Franklin and Somerset counties through youth environmental and experiential education programs: $10,000
  • Old Canada Road Scenic Byway, Inc., to fund an interpretive program of culture, history, and environment on a 12-mile recreational trail: $5,000
  • Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts, for consulting and marketing costs to build organizational capacity and develop business and communications plans: $10,000
  • SeniorsPlus, to purchase technological equipment for SeniorsPlus to connect older adults and adults with disabilities in rural Oxford and Franklin counties with live educational programming: $2,707\
  • Stanley Museum, to develop an educational outreach program to teach students about the Stanley family and their Yankee ingenuity: $3,500
  • Tranet, to hire a development coordinator for WRGY Community Radio: $4,300 

2013 Grants

  • Canaan Farmers Hall, to create a website to strengthen the ties among organizations within the community: $4,400
  • Crossroads International Celtic Festival, to support a multi-venue, two-county, five-day Celtic music festival: $5,000
  • Franklin County Children's Task Force, for the cyber-bullying prevention project: $7,000
  • Friends of L.C. Bates Museum, to support the Young Naturalist As Artist project: $2,300
  • Healthy Community Coalition, to expand the reach and accessibility of the Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County’s mobile health unit to several remote towns in the region: $10,000
  • High Peaks Alliance, for the All Trails Planning Project, which involves community residents in planning and implementing permanent public access in the region: $8,400
  • Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, to establish satellite offices in two locations to better serve clients and their families: $2,700
  • Phillips Area Community Center, to increase use of the Community Center and help tie the community together through a history walk with signage, maps, and guides: $9,000
  • Philips Public Library, to extend the services of the library to include community programs in a building of historical importance to the town: $3,000
  • Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, for a partnership between Sebasticook Regional Land Trust and Somerset Woods Trustees aimed at building organizational capacity while initiating collaborative conservation planning for Great Moose Lake in Somerset County: $8,000
  • University of Maine System Inc - Farmington, to implement the Partnership for Civic Advancement to strengthen and expand university-community relations through the creation of experiential learning opportunities for students that serve regional needs: $5,000

2012 Grants

  • Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, Belgrade Lakes, to build capacity to administer education and outreach programs at the new Maine Lakes Resource Center: $4,500
  • History House Association, Skowhegan, to research, develop, and conduct walking tours in two historic downtown Skowhegan districts: $7,340
  • Jackman Moose River Chamber of Commerce, Jackman, to purchase boulevard banners to be displayed on Main Street in Jackman: $4,000
  • Kingfield Artwalk, Kingfield, to support program development expansion through an improved communications/outreach package: $2,500
  • Kingfield POPS, Kingfield, to strengthen the leadership, ensure the model is sustainable, and give the POPS the capacity to contribute to strategic regional economic development: $7,427
  • Maine International Center for Digital Learning, Lewiston, to create a student technology team at Warsaw Middle School: $9,100
  • Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Inc., Waitsfield, Vt., to support the planning process in the pilot community of Stratton/Eustis as a key step in building the collaborative Trail Town model in Maine: $10,000
  • Rangeley Region Health & Wellness Partnership, Rangeley, to support consulting services for one year in order to train board and staff to help implement a five-year capacity-building fundraising plan: $10,000
  • Safe Voices, to partner with the Franklin County Domestic Violence Task Force to promote awareness of domestic violence resources and provide safety kits for children impacted by domestic violence: $2,000
  • Seniors Plus, Lewiston, to support rural outreach provided to aging and disabled consumers in Franklin County: $2,500
  • Somerset County Association of Resource Providers, to develop a website to make the Somerset County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program curricula and resource materials widely available: $3,000
  • Somerset Economic Development Corporation, Skowhegan, for support to match a U.S. Economic Development Administration Technical Assistance and Planning grant that will be used to hire a consultant firm to develop a short- and long-term economic plan for the central and northern portions of Somerset County: $5,000
  • United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, Farmington, to further engage Franklin and Somerset County volunteers in energy conservation initiatives: $2,500
  • Wesserunsett Arts Council Inc., Skowhegan, to organize the Rural Open Art Studios Tour exploring the homes and studios of local artists: $2,500
  • Western Maine Center for Children, Carrabassett Valley, to expand and strengthen its after-school program: $2,000

2011 Grants

  • Baker Mountain Ski Tow, Bingham, to purchase a snowmobile and replace ski lift equipment: $5,000
  • Franklin County Children’s Task Force, Farmington, to support Active Parenting Now, an evidence-informed, video-based education program targeted to families with substance abuse issues who want to improve their parenting skills: $6,884
  • History House Association, Skowhegan, to update the organizational and operating structure to increase visibility and relevancy: $6,000
  • Main Street Skowhegan, Skowhegan, to purchase a set of street pole banners to build brand identity of the downtown area: $5,000
  • Maine Grain Alliance, Skowhegan, to design and implement hands-on educational baking workshops for school children: $7,170
  • Mercer Community Club, Mercer, to purchase sports equipment: $2,000
  • Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, Oquossoc, for the expansion of the EcoVenture program: $3,500
  • Sexual Assault Victims Emergency Services, Farmington, to present Add Verb's program, You the Man, to Franklin County young adults: $7,500
  • Stratton/Eustis Food Pantry, Stratton, to be able to continue to dispense nourishing food to the needy: $1,000
  • The Trust for Public Land, Portland, for land protection and conservation in the High Peaks (Western Mountains) region: $4,000
  • Town of Kingfield, to renovate the Town Park to accommodate year-round activities: $5,000
  • Western Mountains Foundation, Kingfield, for salary support for a new marketing and communications director: $5,000
  • Western Maine Community Action Inc, for support of the Community Home Replacement Program: $10,000