MaineCF invites grant proposals from Knox County nonprofits, lists previous awardees

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 2:15pm

Nonprofit organizations in Knox County may be eligible for grants from the Maine Community Foundation’s (MaineCF) Community Building Grant Program.  The grant program invests in local projects and organizations that help build strong communities. Last year nine Knox County nonprofit organizations were awarded grants totaling $53,307.

The Community Building Grant Program supports efforts that strengthen community resources, promote well-being and help residents acquire skills and knowledge. These community resources include organizations, partnerships and natural and built environments. The program also requires that applicants engage the people they serve in design, delivery and/or evaluation of the grant-funded work.

For a full list of 2022 Community Building grants by county, visit

The Community Building Grant Program is MaineCF’s largest grant program. It is one of the only grant programs in the state that supports a broad range of interest areas, including arts, education, environment, economic development and human services.

The grant program offers two types of funding: project grants and general support. Project grants are for new or expanding projects. General support is geared towards operational needs for smaller organizations that meet certain criteria.

Learn more about Community Building Grant Program qualifications and the application process at The deadline to submit proposals is Feb. 15.

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

2022 Grants from the Knox County Committee:

 Community Investors of Knox County, to address transportation needs of low-income residents: $5,000  

 Friends of the Strand Theatre, to provide free, educational concerts at The Strand for local students of all ages and their families: $5,000 

 Island Village Childcare, to build a safe, outdoor play set: $3,350 

 Jackson Memorial Library, to provide educational and enrichment programming regardless of age, ability, or socioeconomic status: $3,350 

 Knox County Homeless Coalition, for its planning phase of an affordable-housing initiative that will provide up to 26 units with on-site, client-care services: $10,000 

 Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, to help complete the construction of six homes at the Philbrick Commons affordable pocket neighborhood: $2,500 

 Mid-Coast Health Net, to provide restorative dentistry and expanded hygiene services for low-income children and adults: $10,000 

 Midcoast Recovery Coalition, for two recovery residences to provide a healthy environment for families, healing the effects of drug addiction, and reintegration into the community: $10,000 

 The Coastal Children’s Museum, to foster learning for children and families about the environment and the Midcoast region through play: $4,107