June 01, 2020
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MaineCF’s York County Committee awards more than $71,000 in grants

Community Author: Carl Little
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Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center | Contributed
Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center | Contributed
Biddeford community members help the Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center in adapting its feeding program to curb-side distribution of brown bag breakfast/lunches.

PORTLAND & ELLSWORTHThe York County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded $71,785 in grants to 13 nonprofit organizations or communities.


Grant recipients include:

·         Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, to offer an overnight warming center in Biddeford from December 2020 to March 2021

·         White Pine Programs, to provide equal access to nature connection for people of all genders, beliefs and backgrounds

·         York County Community College, to combat food insecurity on campus and in surrounding communities by creating a free mobile food market that will visit YCCC monthly.


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 York 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 list of recent grants can be found at mainecf.org.


The York County Fund is built through donations from the community. If you would like more information about the fund, please contact Gloria Aponte C., MaineCF senior program officer, at 207-412-0847or by email at gaponteclarke@mainecf.org.


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 mainecf.org.