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Grants Available for Hancock County Nonprofits

PORTLAND & ELLSWORTH—Nonprofit and public organizations seeking funding for projects that strengthen communities are encouraged to apply to the Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant Program.

The deadline for applying is February 15, 2020. Application, guidelines and a list of 2019 grants are available at

A volunteer committee of Hancock County residents and community leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding. In 2019, the committee awarded $164,133 in grants to 28 nonprofits, including:

  • Blue Hill Bach, to expand involvement of local high school students during the summer festival
  • Island Workforce Housing, support a study to define the scope and depth of workforce housing needs and complete a strategic plan to address this need
  • Next Step Domestic Violence Project, to strengthen its financial stability by providing the board’s development committee with professional support to create and execute a strategic development/donor stewardship plan
  • Northeast Historic Film, to enable the Alamo Theatre to meet Greater Bucksport’s growing needs for a versatile community performance and gathering center

If you would like more information about the fund, please contact Senior Program Officer Leslie Goode 207-412-2002 or [email protected].


Caption: Interior of the Alamo Theater in Bucksport. Photo Thalassa Raasch, MaineCF


Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personalized service, local expertise, and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit

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