MaineCF grants help strengthen Waldo County 2023 projects and nonprofits

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

WALDO COUNTY — Nearly $90,000 in Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) grants will help strengthen nonprofit organizations and projects in Waldo County in 2023. The eight grants through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program include $59,435 recommended by the Waldo County Committee and three additional grants totaling $30,000 from donor-advised funds.

2023 Grants from the Waldo County Committee:

  • Belfast Farmers Market, to increase access to the purchase and sale of local produce for SNAP recipients: $7,500 
  • Constellation Workshops for All, for accessible relationship and intimacy education for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: $5,615 
  • Habitat for Humanity Waldo County, to construct and furnish its ReStore: $7,500 
  • Islesboro Community Center, for after-school childcare: $9,800 
  • Leroy H. Smith School, to increase the number of volunteers to mentor vulnerable students: $800 
  • Penobscot Marine Museum, to develop and implement curriculum-driven and community-based learning projects: $8,220 
  • Town of Monroe, to restore basketball courts, add new playground equipment and other minor upgrades to Gesner Park: $10,000 
  • Waldo County Bounty, to improve organizational operations and community impact to ensure everyone has access to fresh, nutritious food: $10,000 


From donor-advised funds (as of April 2023): 

  • Belfast Area Child Care Services, to improve health, wellness and education for young children with healthy food, community garden and outdoor learning: $10,000 
  • But Still I Am One, for prepaid VISA cards for the needs of housing insecure students: $10,000 
  • Cornerspring Montessori School, to build a hoop house for year-round vegetable production: $10,000 


The Waldo 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, 2024. For more information, visit

The Waldo County Fund, established in 1990, is built through donations from the community. For more information about the fund or grant program, 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