Hancock County Nonprofits Awarded Community Building Grants



ELLSWORTH — The Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant Program recently awarded $99,847 in grants to 25 Hancock County nonprofits, including Regional School Unit 24, which will use the funds to start an after-school boat-building club at Ellsworth High School in conjunction with WoodenBoat Magazine’s Boat Building and Rowing Challenge.

Other grant awards went to:

• Acadia Choral Society, Ellsworth, to cover the rental fee for Gates Auditorium (College of the Atlantic) as a venue for a fund-raising concert.

• Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, Ellsworth, to develop an organizational transition plan.

• Cancer Support Center of Maine, Bucksport, to provide cancer risk reduction education to community members in response to high cancer rates.

• Castine Scientific Society, Castine, to develop, implement and promote a competitive game of trivia based on local history of what once was Majabigwaduce — now the towns of Brooksville, Castine, and Penobscot — to be used as a community building and learning tool.

• Child and Family Opportunities, Ellsworth, for coaching and mentoring for early care and education teachers.

• College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, to construct and launch a second community garden.

• Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, Deer Isle, to develop a digitized library of its collections and to create multimedia interpretations for the new and expanded exhibits contained in its recently completed post-and-beam barn.

• Downeast Health Services, Ellsworth, to purchase equipment for the dental program.

• Ellsworth Garden Club, Ellsworth, to build a greenhouse at the high school to support the Food for Life and Learning project, which educates high school students and members of the community about healthy eating through sustainable, year-round vegetable gardening.

• Friends in Action, Ellsworth, to assist with paying a professional development consultant to facilitate the planning of a capital campaign.

• Halcyon Grange No. 345, Blue Hill, for capacity building support to develop a $150,000 capital campaign for upgrades to the facility.

• Hancock County Habitat for Humanity, Ellsworth, to hire a development coordinator through the AmeriCorps/VISTA program.

• Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, to expand the Island Workshop Day intensive studio program.

• Healthy Acadia, Bar Harbor, for the Downeast Farm to School Program for a Hancock County-based FoodCorps volunteer who will build new school gardens, deliver hands-on food systems education, and help source local food for cafeterias in schools throughout the county beginning in August 2012.

• Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, Ellsworth, to provide targeted and streamlined major donor-base development.

• Maine Audubon Society, Falmouth, to expand its school collaborations program with RSU 25 Bucksport-area schools.

• Maine Environmental Research Institute, Blue Hill, to create an interactive ocean learning center.

• Mount Desert Elementary School, Mount Desert, for the MDI Future of Maine Initiative, to raise aspirations for higher education.

• Northeast Historic Film, Bucksport, to set up servers for digitized video delivery and develop the capacity to share its collections through its website and social media channels.

Open Door Recovery Center, Ellsworth, for support of the Open Door Addiction Recovery Program at the Hancock County Jail.

• Opera House Arts, Stonington, to convert to digital cinema, as access to 35-millimeter prints is decreasing more rapidly than projected.

• Penobscot East Resource Center, Stonington, to support the redesign of governance, communications and financial systems.

• Town of Sullivan, Sullivan, to improve access to the shore and water from Gordon’s Wharf on the Taunton River.

• Willowind Therapeutic Riding Center, Bar Harbor, to hire a part-time community outreach coordinator to increase visibility and form alliances with other community organizations.

A volunteer committee of Hancock County residents and business leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding. The next deadline for applying is Feb. 15, 2013. Application and guidelines are available at www.mainecf.org.

For questions or for more information, visit www.mainecf.org or call (877) 700-6800.

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