April 08, 2020
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Daveis Benevolent Fund awards $83,700 in grants supporting early childhood, youth leadership programs

Community Author: Carl Little
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Middle-schoolers in Portland Community Squash’s youth leadership program Rally Portland use after-school hours to cultivate wellness, academic enrichment, and squash.

PORTLAND – The Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded $83,700 in grants to 16 Greater Portland organizations and programs that support young children aged birth to eight, their families and teachers, and youth leadership for students through high school.

Awarded grants include:

• Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, to prepare and deliver anti-bias programming to students in greater Portland schools to help build student leaders equipped to confront prejudice and discrimination in their schools

• Portland Community Squash, to grow Rally Portland from 22 members to 30 members in early 2020, with the goal of expanding to 40 students over next two years

• Portland Parks Conservancy, to create a fully ADA-inclusive playground for the children and families of greater Portland.

Mabel Stewart Daveis established the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund in 1943 through her will to honor her father and benefit nonprofit organizations that serve Greater Portland. Mr. Daveis was a member of a prominent Portland family with roots in the community dating back to 1785. After distinguished careers in banking and law, he became president of the Portland Gas Light Company, one of the first 25 gas utility companies in the United States.

The next deadline for applications is Oct. 15. Guidelines, online application and a complete list of recent grants are available at mainecf.org. For more information, contact Program Officer John Ochira at 207-412-0837 or jochira@mainecf.org.