More than $73,000 in Maine Community Foundation grants aim to help strengthen nonprofit organizations and projects in Kennebec County.

The eight grants through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program include $68,470 recommended by the Kennebec County Committee and one additional grant totaling $5,000 from a donor-advised fund, according to a news release from the foundation with offices in Ellsworth and Portland.

2023 Grants from the Kennebec County Committee:

• Children’s Discovery Museum, to ignite curiosity and celebrate learning through hands-on programs and interactive play spaces: $10,000;
• Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church, to expand its resource department for people with low incomes in Greater Augusta: $10,000;
• Maine Resilience Building Network, to develop a coalition of Gardiner-area community members to develop locally driven solutions for youth: $8,470;
• Maine Society of the Children of the American Revolution, to purchase a pavilion for veterans and their families to meet outdoors and for community events: $2,500;
• New England Music Camp Association, for musical instruction to vulnerable teens through a Learn to Own program: $7,500;
• Project Sparrow, to expand programs that provide immediate needs such as clothing, shoes, equipment, bedding and support to foster children: $10,000;
• Viles Arboretum, to expand its Community Agriculture Program to support people experiencing food insecurity: $10,000; and
• Waterville Area Soup Kitchen, to provide meals for residents of the Greater Waterville area: $10,000.

From donor-advised funds (as of April 2023):

• Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope, to provide housing, peer support, basic needs, wellness plans and group therapy to current and former female-identifying service members and their families: $5,000.


The Kennebec County Fund is a permanent endowment that supports 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, 2024. For more information, visit

The Kennebec County Fund, established in 2018, is built through donations from the community. For more information, contact Program Officer Stephanie Cesario at 207-412-0824 or



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