More than $110,000 in Maine Community Foundation grants aim to help strengthen nonprofit organizations and projects in Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties.

The 15 grants through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program include $109,530 recommended by the Southern Midcoast Committee and two additional grants totaling $10,000 from people with donor-advised funds, according to a news release from the foundation.

Eight local grants from the Southern Midcoast Committee:

• Community Housing Improvement Project, Newcastle, to provide home repair services for those who cannot afford them: $10,000;
• Coastal Kids Preschool, Damariscotta, for its staff professional development program to maximize teachers’ skills and credentials: $10,000;
• Healthy Lincoln County, Damariscotta, to broaden the reach of food-security programs through media: $10,000;
• Inn Along the Way, Damariscotta, to engage older residents in socially, mentally, and physically enriching activities: $3,982;
• Lincoln County Historical Association, Dresden, for programs and exhibitions about the history of women writers of Lincoln County: $3,700;
• Waldo Theatre, Waldoboro, to serve as a cultural hub for Waldoboro and midcoast region: $10,000;
• Whitefield Library, for the installation of a dual heat-pump system to allow it to remain open in the winter: $10,000; and
• Central Lincoln County YMCA, Damariscotta, for a third-grade food education program that teaches the joy of growing, preparing, and eating nutritious, local foods: $5,000.

Two local grants from donor-advised funds:

• Central Lincoln County YMCA, Damariscotta, for a third-grade food education program that teaches the joy of growing, preparing, and eating nutritious, local foods: $5,000; and
• Veggies to Table, Newcastle, to feed and educate community members experiencing hunger: $5,000.

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The Lincoln and Sagadahoc County funds are permanent endowments that support projects and nonprofit organizations that strengthen communities. Proposals are submitted through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program, the foundation’s largest, and are reviewed by a committee of community members.

The next proposal deadline is Feb. 15, 2023. The application, guidelines and list of all 2022 grants are at mainecf.org.

The Lincoln and Sagadahoc County funds, established in 2014, are built through donations from the community. For more information about the funds or grant program, contact Senior Foundation Officer Laura Reed at 207-564-3236 or [email protected].

 

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