WATERVILLE — Waterville Creates!, a Maine nonprofit corporation that manages The Center building in downtown Waterville, recently received a $2,000 grant from Grants to Green Maine, a partnership between the Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Downtown Center, Efficiency Maine and the Maine Community Foundation, to obtain an energy efficiency audit for the historic 68,000 square foot, mixed-use building, according to a Waterville Creates! news release.

“This grant will enable us to complete an energy efficiency audit of our building and provide a report with priorities for energy efficiency improvements. High heating and electric bills have put a strain on our budget, and have forced us to make difficult decisions about building management that have caused hardship for rental users and for our tenants, particularly those who are non-profit community service providers. That’s why it’s important to make our building more efficient, which will in turn make our patrons and tenants happier and our organization more sustainable,” Waterville Creates! director Nate Rudy said in the release.

Waterville Creates’ formed as Waterville Regional Arts and Community Center in 1996 and has offered space to a mix of users including private businesses, Community Dental, REM, the City of Waterville, and the Waterville Opera House. Today, Waterville Creates! promotes, supports, and grows the community’s arts and cultural assets in order to strengthen Waterville as a vibrant creative center, increase access to creative opportunities for residents and visitors, and advance community and economic development goals.

For more information, call 616-0292, ext. 3.

Grants to Green Maine provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits located in historic buildings in downtowns in Maine. Grants to Green Maine is a partnership between the Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Downtown Center, Efficiency Maine and the Maine Community Foundation and is funded by Kendeda Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.


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