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Updated: July 23, 2019

11 western Maine nonprofits awarded $68K in grants

People on a boat taking water samples Courtesy / 30 Mile River Watershed Association The 30 Mile River Watershed Association is among 11 Maine Community Foundation grant recipients in western Maine. The association works to protect the land and water in the 30 Mile River Watershed, northwest of Augusta.

The Rangeley Regional Historical Society and 10 other nonprofits in western Maine will get a combined $68,083 in grants from the Maine Community Foundation. 

Grants were awarded though the foundation's Western Mountains Fund, a permanent endowment that supports projects and nonprofits that strengthen communities in Franklin and Somerset counties.

Applications go through the foundation’s Community Building Grant Program and are reviewed by a committee of local leaders.

The next proposal deadline is February 15, 2020. Application, guidelines and a list of recent grants can be found online.

Grant recipients and amounts 

  • 30 Mile River Watershed Association, to expand its development program to build long-term, sustainable funding and capacity to protect the lakes and ponds of the 30 Mile River Watershed: $10,000
  • Friends of L. C. Bates Museum, to share the museum educational science and natural history collections with rural community schools through classroom outreach programs and family activities that support STEM education: $1,500
  • Literacy Volunteers of Franklin and Somerset Counties, to expand free adult and family literacy services to include Jay, Livermore, and Livermore Falls: $5,000
  • MaineHealth, to educate and train students and community volunteers as health extenders to help deliver health care more effectively in this rural area: $10,000
  • MSAD No. 12, to purchase new tables and chairs for community events at Forest Hills School in Jackman: $1,599
  • North Pond Association, to create an environmentally friendly walkway for easier access to North Pond: $5,500
  • Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society, to expand activities and efforts as part of the Rangeley Regatta Program: $5,950
  • Spurwink Services, to build a therapeutic community garden at Spurwink's Cornville campus to build community and help students develop social, practical, and vocational skills: $7,500
  • Town of Jackman, for a community-wide initiative to restore the Jackman Town Park: $5,484
  • Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity, to expand the Building Foundations furniture voucher program within Somerset County to provide basic household items that improve the lives of low-income people: $5,500
  • Wesserunsett Arts Council Inc., for Kennebec on Fire, a public art project in the Kennebec River designed to help revitalize Somerset communities by enhancing a sense of place and increasing tourism and economic development: $10,000

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