MaineCF’s Hancock County Committee awards $168,000 in grants

Friday, May 1, 2020

The Hancock County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded $168,755 in grants to 24 nonprofits.  

Grant recipients include:

  • City of Ellsworth, for a Museum in the Streets project, including permanent panels and a walking tour
  • Opiate Free Island Partnership Inc., Deer Isle, to establish a confidential, knowledgeable, and readily accessible opioid hotline for the Deer Isle-Stonington community to request information about, and referral to, programs and services
  • Town of Gouldsboro, to engage youth in enabling the town to grow its own clam seed so that it can continue to restore its clam fishery.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MaineCF staff worked remotely with available county/regional committee members to expedite review of proposals. Grant recipients have the choice of extending the period during which to complete the work originally proposed and/or the flexibility to use the funding in other ways to meet current, unexpected organizational needs.

The Hancock County Fund is a permanent endowment that supports projects and nonprofits that strengthen communities in the county. Applications go through the foundation’s Community Building Grant Program and are reviewed by a committee of local leaders. The next proposal deadline is February 15, 2021. Application, guidelines and a complete list of recent grants can be found at

The Hancock County Fund is built through donations from the community. If you would like more information about the fund, please contact Leslie Goode, MaineCF senior program officer, at (207) 412-2002 or by e-mail at

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