MaineCF’s Penobscot County Committee awards $159,000 in grants

Friday, May 15, 2020

The Penobscot County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded $159,633 in grants to 18 nonprofit organizations.

Grant recipients include:

  • Bangor Region YMCA, to provide Adverse Childhood Experience training to staff to support children with behavioral challenges in early childhood/before-after school programs
  • Food AND Medicine Jobs with Justice Education Fund, for the Transportation for All initiative, a grassroots program to improve the public transit system in the greater Bangor region
  • Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, for online educational software to help adult students reach educational goals and reduce barriers to access.

MaineCF recognizes that many nonprofits are facing new challenges and making important changes to their work as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Because of this, all Community Building grant recipients are able to use these grants at their discretion. They may use the grants to fund the work that they proposed in their application or use the funding to address other important and emerging organizational expenses.

The Penobscot 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 2020 grants can be found at

The Penobscot County Fund is built through donations from the community. If you would like more information about the fund, please contact Lelia DeAndrade, Vice President of Community Impact, at (207) 412-0843 or by email at

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