The Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant Program recently awarded $86,024 in grants to 13 Penobscot County nonprofits, including Maine Woods Forever, which will use the funds to continue its collaboration with the Penobscot Nation on the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail.
Other grant awards went to:
• Bangor Humane Society, for strategic technology upgrades to strengthen the organization.
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine, to continue and expand its mentoring program in Penobscot County.
• Community Health and Counseling Services, to partner with schools to hold its Arts’N’Kids Program in more accessible locations and provide professional development opportunities for its instructors.
• Habitat for Humanity, to support a technology upgrade, including new donor and volunteer tracking software.
• Hirundo Wildlife Trust, for a scientific study of freshwater mussels that will strengthen community ties among teaching institutions.
• KidCare America-Lincoln, to expand its after-school mentoring program.
• Literacy Volunteers of America-Bangor, to analyze trends and data in volunteer recruitment and develop tailored volunteer and student programming that more effectively accommodates time commitments and overcomes barriers to participation
• Penobscot Theatre Company, to partner with Acadia Hospital to produce a touring educational production called “I Am the Brother of Dragons,” which explores how family dynamics are impacted by substance abuse
• Penquis Community Action Program, to hold roundtable discussions in Dexter and Lincoln that will bring youth, school health personnel and youth-serving organizations together to identify ways to help youth make informed and healthy decisions about sexual health.
• Upper Valley Economic Council, to support the start-up of the Katahdin Tourism Partnership, a new community-based collaboration.
• Wellspring Inc., to support seed funding to open at least two Oxford Houses, which provide a nationally recognized model of sober living to former inmates.
• YMCA Bangor, to support the Camp Jordan Arts and Crafts Expansion Project.
A volunteer committee of Penobscot County residents and business leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding. The Penobscot County Committee also manages the Penobscot Valley Health Association Fund, which supports nonprofits that propose innovative ways to strengthen the health and welfare of the greater Bangor community. The next deadline for applying is Feb. 15, 2013. Application and guidelines are available at mainecf.org.