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MaineCF Androscoggin County Committee awards more than $44,000 in grants

Community Author: Carl Little
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LA Art Walk, May 2019

PORTLAND & ELLSWORTH – The Androscoggin County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded $44,300 in grants to eight nonprofits.

Grant recipients include:

• LA Arts, to expand the L-A Community Galleries pilot to maintain art galleries in local care institutions for the therapeutic benefit of clients, families, staff and guests

• New Mainers Public Health Initiative, to train staff and volunteers who provide services to school-age children who have intellectual/developmental disabilities

• Rural Community Action Ministry, to establish a rural youth life-skills mentoring program to prepare youth to thrive as they transition to adulthood


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MaineCF staff worked remotely with available county/regional committee members to expedite review of proposals. Grant recipients have the choice of extending the period during which to complete the work originally proposed and/or the flexibility to use the funding in other ways to meet current, unexpected organizational needs.


The Androscoggin 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 recent grants can be found at


The Androscoggin County Fund is built through donations from the community. If you would like more information about the fund, please contact Program Officer John Ochira at 1-877-700-6800 or


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