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MaineCF Grants Available for Washington County Nonprofits—New Funding Focus in Effect for 2021

Monday, December 7, 2020

The Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant Program is accepting applications from nonprofit and public organizations seeking funding for projects that strengthen communities.

The 2021 Community Building Grant Program will focus on funding to build community resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, with changes to program criteria, priorities, and types of funding. Priority will be given to projects or organizations that support people at higher risk to be negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Two informational Zoom sessions for grantseekers will review program changes for community-building grants: Tuesday, December 8, 12:00- 1:00 p.m., and Thursday, January 14, 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Email to sign up.

The deadline for applying is February 15, 2021. A volunteer committee of Washington County residents and community leaders reviews grant applications and makes recommendations for funding. Application, guidelines, and a list of 2020 grants are available at

In 2020, the Washington County Committee awarded $133,266 in grants to 16 nonprofits, including:

  • Axiom Education & Training Center, to help break down the barriers to education and workforce training for immigrant populations
  • Healthy Acadia, to open a recovery residence in Machias for women in recovery from substance use disorder
  • Maine Alliance for Arts Education, to expand an arts-integrated education pilot to all secondary school English teachers in Washington County.

The Washington County Fund is built through donations from the community. If you would like more information about the fund, please contact Senior Program Officer Leslie Goode at 207-412-2002 or

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