Midcoast nonprofits receive Community Matters More grants

Posted:  Monday, March 25, 2019 - 11:45am

ROCKLAND — Five Midcoast nonprofits are among grant recipients of the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s 2019 Community Matters More program.

The 12th annual grant program awarded more than $140,000 to 55 Maine and New Hampshire nonprofit organizations chosen by a public ballot voting process.

More than 75,000 votes were submitted during the month of February, with votes for more than 2,600 unique nonprofits located in Maine and New Hampshire.

The top two vote recipients in each of the 11 regions received a $5,000 grant. Thirty-three other organizations listed on the ballot, including 11 write-ins with the most votes in each region, each received a $1,000 grant.

P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, Rockport, and Belfast Soup Kitchen, in Belfast, are the top winners from Knox/Lincoln/Sagadahoc/Waldo counties.

Local winners of the $1,000 grants are Neighbor’s Cupboard, in Winterport; One Less Worry, in Rockland; and Window Dressers, in Rockland.

“Once again, community members rallied for their favorite local nonprofits – helping them win a grant and supporting the role they play within their community,” said Bangor Savings Bank President and CEO Bob Montgomery-Rice, in a news release. “We look forward to seeing the impact of this year’s Community Matters More grants on dozens of communities across Maine and New Hampshire.”

Since 2007, Community Matters More has awarded $1,297,500 in grants to more than 530 different nonprofit organizations.

The other 2019 Community Matters More $5,000 grant recipients include:


Androscoggin/Franklin/Oxford Counties

Dempsey Center, Lewiston

Safe Voices, Auburn


Aroostook/Northern Penobscot/Piscataquis Counties

Waiting Whiskers, Sherman

Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Veteran Center, Lincoln


Cumberland County

The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, Westbrook

The Center for Grieving Children, Portland


Hancock/Washington Counties

SPCA of Hancock County, Trenton

Camp Capella, Dedham


Kennebec/Somerset Counties

Kennebec Valley Humane Society, Augusta

Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center, Winthrop


Southern Penobscot County

Forgotten Felines of Maine, Bangor

Bangor Area Recovery Network, Brewer


York County

Center for Wildlife, Cape Neddick

York County Community Action, Kittery


New Hampshire


Coos Animal Sanctuary, Inc., North Strafford

Helping Hands North, Inc., Colebrook



Granite State Dog Recovery, Manchester

The Front Door Agency, Inc., Nashua



Cocheco Valley Humane Society, Dover

Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity, Portsmouth


Nonprofits receiving Community Matters More $1,000 grants are:


Androscoggin/Franklin/Oxford Counties

Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, Lewiston

The Pierce House – Farmington Home for the Aged, Farmington

Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, Lewiston


Aroostook/Northern Penobscot/Piscataquis Counties

Lincoln Regional Food Cupboard, Lincoln

The Putnam House Senior Center, Houlton

Millinocket Memorial Library, Millinocket


Cumberland County

Ruth’s Reusable Resources, Portland

Junior Achievement of Maine, Portland

Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, Windham


Hancock/Washington Counties

Wreaths Across America, Columbia Falls

Tree of Life Food Pantry, Blue Hill

Community Closet, Ellsworth


Kennebec/Somerset Counties

Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, Skowhegan

Aliza Jean Family Cancer Foundation, Harmony

Somerset Humane Society, Skowhegan


Southern Penobscot County

Good Samaritan Agency, Bangor

Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Community Pantry, Hermon

Newport Cultural Center, Newport


York County

Art Hope, Ogunquit

York Community Service Association, York

Hollis Center Public Library, Hollis


New Hampshire


Child Advocacy Center of Coos County, Groveton

Two Rivers Ride for Cancer, Inc., Colebrook

Conway Area Humane Society, Conway



Nashua Children’s Home, Nashua

Friends of Forgotten Children, Concord

Gateways Community Services Nashua, Nashua



Portsmouth Music & Arts Center (PMAC), Portsmouth

YMCA of the Seacoast, Portsmouth

Zebra Crossings, Dover