Schoodic Community Fund 2022-23 grants awarded

GOULDSBORO — The board of the Schoodic Community Fund (SCF), one of many of organizations making up the Maine Community Foundation (MCF), met the last week of August in order to review applications for grants and to make awards. SCF received 13 applications totaling $72,080. MCF rules require distribution of no more than four percent of the endowment on a three-year rolling average. Subsequently, a total of $32,280 in 2022-23 grants was authorized after monies were set aside to cover a portion of both Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor’s heating funds and monies for SCF to pay for printing of its own stationery and annual reports.

Awards were made to the Town of Gouldsboro for improvements to the Jones Pond recreation area ($2,500), Dorcas Library for roof repair ($4,000), Sumner Memorial High School’s Healthy Snacks program ($1,000), Hardy’s Friends ($2,500), Peninsula School for selective seating ($4,500), the Winter Harbor Public Library to install an air-handling system ($5,000), Frenchman Bay Conservancy‘s nature education program for children ($4,500), Schoodic Arts for All’s Combs Studio ($3,000), and another for Peninsula School’s Food Bag program ($5,280). All four of the organizations not receiving a grant this year submitted outstanding proposals, according to SCF.

In other business, the board decided that former chair and founder of SCF, Roger Bowen, will replace Mike Summerer. The board is also losing Vice Chair Megan Alley Moshier and Eric Lister. Replacements for Moshier and Lister will be announced later in December of this year. Remaining on the board are Mark Berry, Susan Bruce, Dolora Conley, Mary Dyer, Tim Fisher, Tawney Jacobs, Sarah Joy, Roxanne Renwick, Susan Towle, and Paul Tracy.

Applications for 2023-24 grant support will be due June 1, 2023.

For additional information, contact Roger Bowen at 963-4156.

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