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Grants Available to Libraries Serving Small Communities in Northern and Downeast Maine

ELLSWORTH—The Maine Community Foundation’s Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust is accepting applications for grants to support programs at libraries in Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington counties.

Rudman grants are all about the book. They allow small libraries to create programs tied to their collection, share resources, collaborate with community groups, and find other innovative ways to serve the community.

Grant proposals must be submitted by January 15, 2020. For complete guidelines, online application form, and a list of 2019 grants, visit

The Rudman Library Trust was established in 1986 to help libraries better serve communities in Maine with a population of less than 10,000. On business travels in Maine, Mr. Rudman was struck by the commitment to learning and reading at libraries in the majority of towns he passed through, regardless of size.

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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