GOULDSBORO — The Schoodic Community Fund, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all Schoodic Peninsula residents, last month awarded grants totaling more than $57,485 to local schools, libraries, civic groups and nonprofit organizations.
In its ninth year, the Schoodic Fund’s all-volunteer board voted last month to grant $2,800 for shelving expansion to the Winter Harbor Public Library. Some $4,000 was awarded to the Dorcas library for cellar dampness remediation while the Life Line Food Pantry received $8,000 for building repairs and the Peninsula School’s Parent Teacher Club garnered $2,500 for its weekend food backpack program to address food insecurity.
In addition, the board approved $2,500 for the Peninsula School’s Principal’s Discretionary Fund to help meet particular needs of students. Schoodic Institute at Acadia received $1,685 for a gear lending library and $1,000 went to the Gouldsboro Veterans Committee for color guard equipment.
The Winter Harbor Historical Society was granted $1,500 for materials preservation while $4,000 was awarded to the Peninsula School for computer purchases. The West Gouldsboro Village Improvement Association received $20,000 for restoration of historic buildings while $2,000 went to Hardy’s Friends for support of veterinary bills. The Dorcas Library Friends garnered $6,000 while $1,500 was awarded to Sumner Memorial High School for industrial arts computer hardware and software, as well as jigs.
Additionally, the board authorized financial assistance to the Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor heating and power funds if funding is needed.
The grants were made possible by a combination of endowment earnings and several donor-directed contributions. This year’s allocations represented an increase of over $30,000 compared to the total grants awarded in 2017.