February 20, 2020
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Maine Community Foundation’s Downeast Innovation Fund awards $106,000 in grants

Community Author: Maine Community Foundation
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Haystack Mountain School of Crafts | Contributed
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Metals instructor Matthieu Cheminee demonstrates different designs and patterns, using shapes that were prepared on a digital file and “printed” or cut from wood in the Haystack Fab Lab.

The Maine Community Foundation’s Downeast Innovation Fund has awarded $106,305 in grants to 15 nonprofits in Hancock and Washington counties.

Launched in 2018, the Downeast Innovation Fund Grant program supports nonprofit organizations that provide programs to improve or increase entrepreneurship and innovation in business and the local economies of Hancock and Washington counties.

 

[/media-credit] Metals instructor Matthieu Cheminee demonstrates different designs and patterns, using shapes that were prepared on a digital file and “printed” or cut from wood in the Haystack Fab Lab.

 

Recent grantees include:

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, to create a new makerspace to serve Deer Isle-Stonington, Blue Hill Peninsula, and other Hancock County communities;

Cooperative Development Institute, to expand the Ownership Transition Initiative to Hancock County and develop an Entrepreneur Apprenticeship Program supporting young entrepreneurs exploring acquisition of existing Washington County businesses;

and Washington Academy, to create a training program that will benefit both the student population at the academy as well as local small businesses requiring technology to grow.

The deadline for the next round of grant applications is Oct. 15. Guidelines, application and a list or recent grants are available at mainecf.org. For more information about this fund, contact MaineCF Senior Program Officer Maggie Drummond-Bahl by phone, toll-free, at 877-700-6800 or by email at mbahl@mainecf.org.