Recent Grants: York County Fund

2018 Grants

  • Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, Westbrook, for free spay/neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations in Cumberland County: $15,000
  • Engine, Inc., to launch southern Maine's first Maker Faire on September 29, 2018, which is designed to attract families, makers, and businesses to Biddeford's downtown: $10,000
  • Ecology Education, Inc., to create and expand Saco and Biddeford Curriculum Partnership at River Bend Farm: $4,796
  • Spirit Series to expand the impact of Spirit Series in Maine and bring the program to 1,790 students in 2018-19 and 5,000 students annually statewide by 2021-22: $4,796
  • Biddeford Public School Education Foundation, to provide professional development around adverse childhood experiences to create trauma-sensitive schools and improve the lives of students and others in the community: $7,500
  • Maplestone to help develop Environmental Service Learning Expedition for MapleStone at-risk, special education students to learn and grow through environmental service learning and stewardship: $5,225
  • Kids Free to Grow, to train parents in effective parenting strategies that will strengthen family relationships and increase healthy partnerships: $3,500
  • Community Bicycle Center, to overhaul the CBC’s website to more effectively engage stakeholders and participants in its youth development mission, $3,500
  • York Hospital, to provide nursing stigma reduction and training for screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment, with a focus on nurses who treat youth under 21: $10,000
  • Saco Grange #53, to upgrade the kitchen to code and improve its use for more community events and use by other nonprofits: $5,460
  • Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, to help cover staff and overhead costs for the creation of a security deposit revolving loan fund: $5,300

2017 Grants

  • Community Bicycle Center, to assess and align programs with school standards to improve program delivery and organizational effectiveness: $1,514
  • Dance Hall, to support outreach to expand artistic programming to children, military families, and seniors in the Kittery area: $5,000
  • Heart of Biddeford, to expand the impact of the River Jam Festival to better include children, teens, and college students: $4,000
  • Junior Achievement of Maine, to present financial literacy and career training to students at Bonny Eagle Middle School: $8,000
  • Mary Hurd Academy, to expand the We Are More Than What We Know adventure-based leadership program for students by establishing a ropes course: $8,793
  • Sanford-Springvale YMCA, to pilot the Super Hero Training Academy social and emotional curriculum with young students in Sanford public schools: $5,000
  • Shalom House, to expand the Hoarding Assistance Volunteer Corps and peer-to-peer support to help meet the demand for hoarding disorder services in York County: $5,000
  • Spirit Series, Inc., to support delivery of the Spirit Series literacy and values program for fifth-grade classes at Lebanon Elementary and Knowlton Elementary: $10,000
  • The Ecology School, to support hands-on science and environmental education for students from Lebanon Elementary and Bonny Eagle Middle School: $2,000
  • Time of Wonder Early Learning Center, to organize dinner programs for families to empower and engage parents in their child’s learning: $6,500
  • United Way of York County, to improve literacy skills of students across four project sites through use of skilled volunteer readers: $7,500
  • Wells Reserve at Laudholm, to pilot, in partnership with ArtHOPE, an outdoor art therapy program to assist PTSD-afflicted veterans in southern Maine: $5,500
  • White Pine Programs, to hire a professional consultant to guide the organization through a reassessment of its mission, vision, and core values: $2,500
  • York County Community Action Corporation, to purchase and provide parent training using the mindful discipline model, Conscious Discipline: $10,000
  • York County Elder Abuse Task Force, for education and resource development for leaders that will benefit the Senior Safety Roadshow: $2,100
  • York County Shelter Programs, for the Family Matters Addiction Treatment program to counsel, support, and educate children and other family members of those struggling with addiction: $10,000

2016 Grants

  • Center for Grieving Children, to conduct outreach to volunteers and families in need of grief support in York County: $7,500
  • Heart of Biddeford, to build capacity for volunteer engagement and management: $7,000
  • HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, to support pediatric palliative care in York County: $10,000
  • Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford, to support literacy tutoring for women at the Southern Maine Re-Entry Center: $5,000
  • Old Berwick Historical Society, to support an exhibit that explores cultural upheaval on the early New England frontier: $6,000
  • Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative, for the Neighbor Initiative program: $2,500
  • Saco River Theatre, for the purchase of audio technology that allows hearing-impaired individuals to better hear performances: $2,540

2015 Grants

  • Canine Community Corps, to support a program that will allow inmates to train dogs from the Kennebunk Animal Welfare Society for adoption by veterans: $2,500
  • Creative Work Systems, to upgrade a kitchen at the York facility to expand the Culinary Works program: $3,500
  • Habitat for Humanity York County, to support "Keep York County Warm!": $5,000
  • Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, to expand prevention education programming, grow the current half-time position to a full-time educator, and add another full-time educator to York County who will educate students in kindergarten through college: $10,000
  • Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, to revitalize historic downtown/village centers in York and southern Oxford counties as a regional Quality of Place strategy: $4,000
  • York County Community Action Corp., to support The Poverty Institute training program with Dr. Donna Beegle: $10,000

2014 Grants

  • Biddeford Primary School, to create and implement a sensory and horticultural therapy garden: $10,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, to expand the number of disadvantaged children served in carefully made and monitored one-to-one matches in York county: $6,000
  • Community Bicycle Center, to expand capacity of the youth welding and fabrication program by partially funding ventilation equipment for an onsite educational metalworking lab: $8,000
  • Engine, to hire a Maine FabLab Design Program director: $8,650
  • Friends of the South Berwick Library, Inc., for the Young Street Studio project: $3,200
  • Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, for 130-plus preschoolers from 10 Head Start centers in York County to attend three seasonal story hours, craft activities, and guided nature walks: $5,000
  • Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast, for a planning session for citizens, designers, and others to envision workforce housing developments, suggest modifications to current regulations, test financial feasibility of design concepts, and exercise influence over proposals for subject sites: $6,350 

2013 Grants

  • Cumberland County YMCA, for the professional development of the staff as part of the NEAYC accreditation process: $5,000
  • Ethel's Tree of Life, to enhance the Branching Out program: $2,000
  • Project AWARE, To support a year-long Reel Life Program in collaboration with the Biddeford School Department: $5,000
  • RSU 21, to support the Kennebunk High School Garden and Greenhouse Project: $1,920
  • Saco River Grange Hall, to hire a professional development director to help the theater achieve fiscal sustainability and lay the groundwork for a secure future: $5,000
  • The New School, for stipends for staff to expand three program areas: $5,000
  • United Way, for the York County Volunteer Reader Project, which works with vulnerable children 3-11 years old to improve literacy: $8,392
  • White Pine Programs, to support Naturalist Nights, a weekly naturalist studies program that fosters community-building and nature connection among local, environmental non-profits and their constituents: $1,500
  • YMCA Sanford-Springvale, to support professional development of childcare staff to strengthen our childcare programs: $5,000
  • York County Community Action Corporation, to provide wireless laptop computers and PROMIS system capabilities to each of the 16 Head Start and Early Head Start sites in York Count: $10,000

2012 Grants

  • Across the River Collaborative, Hiram, to prevent youth substance abuse, reduce school dropouts and juvenile crime: $2,880
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, Portland, to expand the site-based mentoring program to RSU 23: $4,500
  • Center for Wildlife, Cape Neddick, to utilize disabled wildlife ambassadors to create a "Wildlife as Teachers and Healers" program for disabled or at-risk youth, and seniors: $5,000
  • Child Abuse Prevention Council of York County, Kennebunk,for The Nurturing Program, a ten-week parenting class to help families build strong, healthy relationships: $1,725
  • Counseling Services, Inc., Saco, to provide mental health services to children diagnosed with mental illness who are underinsured or uninsured: $5,000
  • Habitat for Humanity York County, Kennebunk, for start-up capital to open a ReStore in York County: $3,360
  • Old Berwick Historical Society, South Berwick, to support the Revitalizing Local History Project, which will strengthen the three-year series of all-school walking tours of historic sites for elementary grades in South Berwick: $5,000
  • Sanford-Springvale YMCA, Sanford, to support professional development for teaching staff to strengthen child care programs.: $9,630

2011 Grants

  • Caring Unlimited, Sanford, for staff consultation and training to strengthen the Children's Services Program: $5,834
  • Center for Wildlife, Cape Neddick, to expand the on-site educational programming capabilities through improved site facilities and volunteer training: $1,500
  • Community Bicycle Center, Biddeford, to engage older youth in vocational activities through community outreach: $4,867
  • Ecology Education Foundation, Saco, to fund the expansion of Science & Ecology: Live and Unplugged, and a companion impact study: $4,500
  • Harbor Light Stage, Kittery Point, to support a substantive redesign of the website: $2,000
  • Joyful Harvest Neighborhood Center, Biddeford, to work with a local consultant for board development and a community-involved strategic planning process: $1,660
  • Laudholm Trust, Wells, to the organization president's leadership role in the strategic planning and sustainability project at the Laudholm Trust: $2,500
  • Northern York County Family YMCA, Biddeford, to support professional development for the teaching staff as the Y seeks Center-based Accreditation: $10,000
  • Parent Resource Center, Springvale, to upgrade the organization's technology: $1,423
  • University of New England, Biddeford, to support a literacy and math tutoring program sponsored by the Office of Citizenship that will train UNE students to tutor at local schools: $4,035
  • Volunteers of America, Brunswick, to increase homeless veteran outreach to ensure veterans are accessing the housing and services available to them: $2,500