Through its Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Fund, the Maine Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling $334,202 to 22 Maine organizations.

MaineCF donors made an additional two grants totaling $13,000 from donor-advised funds.

Local grantees include:

• Bearnstow, Mount Vernon, to support infrastructure needs in consultation with Maine Preservation and prioritize a three-year restoration plan: $10,000;

• Farmington Historical Society, to continue improving the structural integrity and energy efficiency of the Octagon House so its architectural history will be preserved and on view year-round: $15,435;

• Farmington Public Library Association, to seal leaks at the library, test for mold, and remedy damage caused by water entering the building: $11,012;

• The Farwell Project, Thorndike, for roof replacement of its mill cupola and primary roof: $10,000;

• Hubbard Free Library, Hallowell, to insulate and air seal the basement and install adequate dehumidifiers to control moisture significantly improving energy efficiency and protection of the library’s collection: $18,873;

• Phillips Public Library, to restore the front entrance to the building, including the porch, columns, and door, and repair the frames on 38 windows: $7,000;

• Readfield Union Meeting House Company, to restore the Meeting House tower and belfry: $10,000; and

• Woman’s Literary Union of Androscoggin County, Auburn, to repoint and repair three brick chimneys and for an energy efficiency audit at the Foss Mansion: $18,900.

A grants this year from donor-advised funds also went to Augusta Colonial Theater, to complete structural engineering analysis for the theater: $12,000.

A full list of grant recipients is available at

The next grant application deadline is June 1, 2022. Applications and guidelines are available at For more information, contact Senior Program Officer Maggie Drummond-Bahl at 207-761-2440 or [email protected].

The Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Fund supports the preservation, restoration, and retrofitting of historic buildings in Maine. An anonymous donor established the fund in 2007.