MaineCF grants help strengthen Cumberland County projects and nonprofits

Friday, July 8, 2022

More than $836,000 in Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) grants will help strengthen nonprofit organizations and projects in Cumberland County. The 18 grants through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program include $836,993 recommended by the Cumberland County Committee and 13 additional grants totaling $15,000 from people with donor-advised funds.

Grant recipients include:

  • Cathance River Education Alliance, Topsham, to merge with partner land trust to deliver conservation and nature-based education to communities
  • New Beginnings, Lewiston, to expand the offerings at the Lewiston Drop-In Center for homeless teens and young adults
  • People Plus, Brunswick, to provide older people and teens rides to activities, field trips, food pantry pickups, and for other transportation needs
  • Portland Public Library, to ensure access to information and literary programs for community members with hearing challenges and those with limited English proficiency.

The Cumberland County Fund is a permanent endowment that supports projects and nonprofit organizations that strengthen communities. Proposals are submitted through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program, the foundation’s largest, and are reviewed by a committee of community members. The next proposal deadline is Feb. 15, 2023. The application, guidelines and list of all 2022 grants are at

The Cumberland County Fund, established in 2005, is built through donations from the community. If you would like more information about the fund or grant program, please contact Vice President of Community Impact Lelia DeAndrade at (207) 412-0838 or

The Maine Community Foundation brings people and resources together to build a better Maine. MaineCF has offices in Ellsworth and Portland with additional staff located across the state. To learn more about the foundation, visit

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