MaineCF grants help strengthen Knox County 2023 projects and nonprofits

Sun, 08/20/2023 - 12:00pm

KNOX COUNTY — More than $62,000 in Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) grants will help strengthen nonprofit organizations and projects in Knox County in 2023. The nine grants through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program include $57,416 recommended by the Knox County Committee and one additional grant totaling $5,000 from a donor-advised fund.

2023 Grants by the Knox County Committee

  • Isle au Haut Community Development Corporation, to study the feasibility of building a community center and apartments: $5,000
  • Knox County Homeless Coalition, to expand its mental health and wellness program: $10,000
  • Mid-Coast Habitat for Humanity, to increase affordable housing for low- to moderate-income families: $10,000
  • Owls Head Village Library Association, to expand its speakers program, introduce children’s programming and expand its collection to include free e-books: $3,500
  • P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, to provide affordable services to low-income pet owners: $4,916
  • Penobscot Language School, to engage community members in intercultural exchange and increase language resources, including free ESL for immigrants and refugees: $7,000
  • Rockland Rotary Club Charitable Fund, to install an inclusive playground: $5,000
  • Southern Harbor Eldercare Services, to assist older people with daily activities, transportation and enrichment activities: $10,000Sweet Tree Arts, for arts events and after-school programs: $2,000


From donor-advised funds (as of April 2023)

  • Herring Gut Coastal Science Center, for year-round educational programs for schoolchildren and the community on the connections between freshwater and marine environments and Maine’s economy: $5,000


The Knox 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. For more information, visit

The Knox County Fund, established in 1993, is built through donations from the community. If you would like more information about the fund or grant program, please contact Foundation Officer Cate Cronin at 207-412-2001 or  


The Maine Community Foundation brings people and resources together to build a better Maine through strategic giving, community leadership, personalized service, local expertise and strong investments. To learn more about the foundation, visit