May 25, 2020
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MaineCF’s Piscataquis County Committee award $40,000 in grants

Community Author: Carl Little
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Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands | Contributed
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Volunteers Alexandra Conover (left) and Karen Lewsen work on a hiking trail in the Moosehead region.

ELLSWORTH & PORTLAND – The Piscataquis County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded $40,850 in grants to five nonprofits.


Grant recipients include:

• Appalachian Mountain Club, to expand hands-on, outdoor programming for students in Piscataquis County by offering a native Atlantic salmon raising and stocking program

• Moosehead Trails, to expand the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit Hiking challenge by including a volunteer incentive program dedicated to trail maintenance and stewardship

• RSU 68, to rebuild a nature trail near the school that would include inter-generational support and use from students and community members.


MaineCF recognizes that many nonprofits are facing new challenges and making important changes to their work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, all Community Building grant recipients are able to use these grants at their discretion. They may use the grants to fund the work that they proposed in their application or to address other important and emerging organizational expenses.


The Piscataquis County Fund is a permanent endowment that supports projects and nonprofits that strengthen communities in the county. Applications go through the foundation’s Community Building Grant Program and are reviewed by a committee of local leaders. The next proposal deadline is Feb. 15, 2021. Application, guidelines and a complete list of 2020 grants can be found at


The Piscataquis County Fund is built through donations from the community. If you would like more information about the fund, please contact Lelia DeAndrade, vice president of community impact, at 207-412-0843 or by email at

Caption: Volunteers Alexandra Conover (left) and Karen Lewsen work on a hiking trail in the Moosehead region. Photo Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personalized service, local expertise, and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit