Past Grant Awards

The following tables document projects funded by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust in recent years.

The Trust funds Maine-based projects in culture, education, the environment, and preservation. Grants average around $10,000 and are distributed throughout Maine. With the exception of a group of organizations with which Dr. Morton Kelly had a long-term relationship, the Trust does not normally fund applicants for more than two consecutive years or make grants of more than $20,000.

The search box at the top of each year’s grant list can be used to search for keywords, grant amounts, or organization names.

2017 Grant Awards

2017 Grant RecipientProject DescriptionAward Amount
240 Stringsto sustain and expand individual music instruction and community performance to disadvantaged children and families.$5,000
317 Main Community Music Centerto increase access to music enrichment and education opportunities to people of all ages through the growth and improvement of financial aid and partnership programs.$5,000
A Company of Girlsin support of after-school art and theater programs serving girls ages 8-18 who face food insecurity, bullying, poor academic performance and social anxiety with a positive environment and mentorship.$2,500
Abbe Museumin support of a three-day event, the Abbe Museum Indian Market, highlighting and supporting Wabanaki artists and the local economy.$10,000
Appalachian Mountain Clubin support of the Maine Woods Community Youth and Environment Program, which will touch every school in Piscataquis County, integrating environmental education, personal development and team building in concert with Maine's K-12 curriculum requirements.$7,500
Bay Chamber Concerts & Music Schoolto defray the costs of regular music lessons, group classes and performance opportunities for financially challenged Maine youth.$5,000
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciencesto support the BLOOM oceanography program which hosts Maine high school juniors and science teachers from across the state to study the role of the ocean and its microbial inhabitants in planetary health.$15,000
Bowdoin Collegein support of the forthcoming Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting exhibit (June 22 to October 28, 2018).$10,000
Brick Store Museumto expand the Museum's role as a community education and cultural tourism center by providing family activities, after hours programs, hands-on learning areas, expanded Art Gallery and marketing.$5,000
Bridgton Historical Societyto expand and upgrade collections storage capacity.$5,000
Bristol Parks and Recreationto assist with the preservation of the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.$10,000
Cancer Community Centerto support the expansion of free health and wellness educational programming for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers at the Center.$5,000
Children's Museum & Theatre of Maineto provide two Junior Educator positions within the Junior Educator Project.$15,000
Children's Museum & Theatre of Mainein support of the institution's campaign for the purchase, design and construction of a new building and location on Portland's Thompson's Point. (part of a multi-year grant)$50,000
Chocolate Church Arts Center (The)to restore an outdated marquee for improved visibility at the organization's downtown Bath facility.$5,000
Community Financial Literacygeneral operating support for classes and counseling in basic financial education for the refugee, immigrant, asylee, and low-income populations in Portland, Lewiston/Auburn and parts of York County.$10,000
Cornish Library Associationin support of Phase 3 of the Bonney Memorial Library Renovation and Expansion Project.$10,000
Downeast Salmon Federationto defray dam removal costs in order to protect and restore Smelt Brook, a scenic, recreational and ecological resource in eastern Maine.$10,000
Eastern Trail Allianceto complete a critical 1.6 mile segment of the Eastern Trail. The funds will go directly to the costs associated with building two bridges.$20,000
Eddington Clifton Civic Centertoward repairs of the Eddington Clifton Civic Center which serves as a center for a wide range of cultural and civil functions/$10,000
Engineto support Engine's core work, to foster and integrate the arts and design, education, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism as an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford.$10,000
Falmouth Land Trustto support the continuation of an outreach and education coordinator position.$10,000
Falmouth Memorial Libraryin support of the Library's expansion project.$10,000
First Parish Preservation Foundationto repair and restore the damaged steeple on Kennebunk's 18th Century First Parish Church.$10,000
Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges (The)to continue scholarship support at Southern Maine Community College.$15,000
Freedom Community Historical Societyto restore Keen Hall, a National Register property, to be used as a year round home for the Freedom historical society and a community center.$10,000
Frenchman Bay Conservancyin support of education center program development and related technology to educate and engage visitors at the Tidal Falls Preserve in Sullivan.$5,000
Friends of Casco Bayto support the revamping of the Citizen Stewards Program which trains community member volunteers to collect water quality data to track the health of the Bay.$9,000
Friends of the Presumpscot Riverto support project expenses associated with outreach and increased public awareness of the benefits of a restored Presumpscot River.$5,000
Gateway Milbridgein support of a capital campaign to rebuild the Milbridge Theatre as a modern theatre and community arts center in rural Washington County.$10,000
Good Shepherdto support the School Pantry program for five food insecure schools.$10,000
Good Will-Hinckleyin support of the Glenn Stratton Learning Center Program.$10,000
Greater Portland Landmarksto engage children and families with educational activities to meet the growing demand for learning opportunities related to GPL's historic preservation mission.$10,000
Gulf of Maine Research Institutea major grant to support reconstruction and reconception of the Institute's signature "LabVenture" program that serves more than 10,000 Maine students annually. (First of two installments)$100,000
Haystack Mountain School of Craftsto expand upon the school's current fab lab programming and establish sustainable long-term vision for the program.$5,000
Herring Gut Learning Centerfor program support for hands-on study and experience in aquaculture and marine science to encourage the preservation and economic development of coastal communities.$7,500
Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquitto fund an advisory committee, exhibit designer and local contractor to refresh and re-interpret the Meetinghouse Museum.$10,000
Hope Actsto assist immigrants in Portland's Parkside neighborhood by offering a comprehensive workshop focused on all aspects of job preparedness.$5,000
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Projectto help fund the 2017 Public Education and Outreach Initiative.$5,000
Johnson Hallto help complete full historic rehabilitation of all three floors of Johnson Hall and bring the structure into active use as a performing arts facility.$10,000
Lakes Environmental Associationto help fund an environmental initiative to develop and implement "Lake School" courses at the Maine Lake Science Center in Bridgton.$10,000
Learningworksin support of the EL/LP program, which provides immigrants and refugees tools needed to enter workforce and achieve financial stability through English Language and Literacy Programs.$7,500
Maine Audubonfor general education programs.$10,000
Maine Boys to Mento increase the impact and further expand its Reducing Sexism and Violence Program (RSVP) by extending its train-the-trainer model to serve additional rural and underserved communities.$5,000
Maine Charitable Mechanic Associationto partially fund restoration of the Association's library, with a focus on floors and electrical improvements.$5,000
Maine Historical Societyto develop and implement a program designed to support local cultural organizations all across the state in responding to the needs of their communities and becoming catalysts for civic dialog.$20,000
Maine Humanities Councilto offer public humanities programming with at least 140 programs at rural libraries statewide.$15,000
Maine Island Trail Associationto support the stewardship programs of the Maine Island Trail Association to ensure that Maine's wild islands remain pristine and accessible.$5,000
Maine Jewish Film Festivalto create programs based on girls coming of age, immigrant experience and the global Jewish experience themes.$5,000
Maine Seacoast Missionto sustain the EdGE after-school program at Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School in Machias.$10,000
Maine Tree Foundationto support the LEAF Program, and environmental and forestry eduction program for teachers.$5,000
Maine Troop Greetersto support construction of a museum at Bangor International Airport to tell the story of how local volunteers spent more than 14 years meeting and greeting over 1.5 million troops.$10,000
Maine Women's Policy Centerin support of education and leadership development program "Girls Day at the State House."$5,000
Margaret Chase Smith Policy Centerto support the 2018 Maine National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership Institute.$10,000
Mayo Street Artsto expand staffing to increase programming capacity at this community arts organization in East Bayside, Portland. $10,000
Midcoast Conservancyto expand and conserve the recreational lands surrounding Lake St. George State Park which will support fish habitat on the Sheepscot River and economicand recreational benefits to Waldo County.$10,000
Millinocket Memorial Libraryto support the Katahdin Think Tank, a multi-purpose, public access conference room for the Katahdin Region being constructed in the public library.$10,000
Mt. Agamenticus to the Seain support of the final year of a three-year capital campaign to conserve an additional 1,500 acres in the MtA2C focus area.$10,000
Olympia Snowe Women's Leadership Institutegeneral operating support for this program, which matches advisors with high school girls identified as having potential but in need of support and training.$10,000
Pejepscot Historical Societyto replace the problematic 1980's era entrance porch and accessibility ramp on the west side of the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum.$10,000
Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation Distto purchase eductional equipment for a water quality education program that will travel to libraries and to schools throughout Piscataquis County.$5,000
Portland Museum of Artto support installations in The Workshop, a hands-on, interactive space, promoting creative problem solving, relaxation, social relationships, flexibility and spontaneity.$20,000
Portland Public Libraryto support the PeaksnIsland Branch renovation. Funds will be earmarked for a new Library circulation desk, Library tables and other furnishings.$15,000
Portland Stageto fund the Directors Lab, an Educational initiative for middle and high school students designed to introduce students to classic text and the impact of interpretation.$10,000
Portland Symphony Orchestrato support PSO music education programs: KinderKonzerts, Youth Concerts, Discovery Concerts, Instrument Petting Zoo and PSO Explorers$10,000
Preble Streetfor Preble Street Emergency Food Programs, operating three soup kitchens at the Resource Center, Florence House and Teen Center.$25,000
Roil, Inc. d/b/a Maine Inside Outin support of community arts programming for formerly incarcerated young people in Maine.$7,500
Royal River Conservation Trustin support of Riverfront Woods Preserve project. purchasing 24 acres of Royal River, Yarmouth frontage connecting two existing preserves to total one half mile of protected shoreline.$10,000
Saco River Theatreto maintain low ticket prices using "pay-what-you-can nights" for the 2018 theater performances and music events.$5,000
Saint Joseph's Collegeto sponsor "State of the Lake Summit", training 2 STEM students in water quality measurement and work with teachers to integrate data gathered from Sebago/sensing buoy to science lessons and courses.$3,500
Sanford Springvale Mousam Way Land Trustin support of the Blanchard Project to purchase and preserve 79 acres for the enhancement of habitats and trails in which to explore, study and observe.$10,000
Somali Bantu Community Associationto support the Kasheekee Telling Room, a year-round program serving 160 youth, offering classes free of charge.$5,000
Southern Maine Agency on Agingin support of a marketing outreach efforts for the Agency's Stewart Adult Day Center in Falmouth which supports caregivers, families and individuals living with dementia.$15,000
Space Galleryto fund architectural/engineering surveys and assessments to redesign the façade to reflect the organizations' contemporary attitude, unify the building and honor the historic architecture.$6,000
Stonington Public Libraryto replace the oil furnace with a high efficiency, direct-vent gas furnace.$10,000
Tate House Museumto cover the cost of roof replacement of the historic Means House on the Tate House Museum campus.$10,000
Telling Room (The)to support annual Anthology Project costs: program staffing, including contracted Telling Room Teaching Artists and two book productions.$10,000
TEMPOartto support educational outreach for public art exhibits in Portland.$5,000
Tree Street Youthfor capital funding towards Phase II of building construction and renovation to the youth development center, a key anchor in the revitalization of Lewiston's downtown.$10,000
Trekkersin support of the LEAP program to help students research career options and gain hands-on experience and training through internship opportunities in their communities.$5,000
Troy Union Churchin support of interior restoration work on the 1840 building.$5,000
Trust for Public Land (The)to acquire land in Bethel to create a community-owned forest for close-to-home, four-season recreation to encourage residents to get outside and seek healthy activity.$10,000
Victoria Mansionin support of A Century of Change, a series of classroom lessons that use history to explore contemporary subjects as diverse as art, science, literature and math.$2,500
Wabanaki Cultural Preservation Coalitionto purchase and protect access to significant tribal owned land, protecting 1500 feet of Penoscot River frontage which is the focus of conservation effort to restore sea-run fish.$15,000
Watershed Center for Ceramic Artsto expand outreach efforts of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts through a collaboration with Pots on Wheels reaching underserved neighborhoods with the supplies needed for hands-on projects.$4,000

2016 Grant Awards

2016 Grant RecipientProject DescriptionAward Amount
317 Mainto assist in providing high quality group music instruction to 500 young students who otherwise would not have access.$5,000
Appalachian Mountain Clubto purchase kayaks, PFDs, paddles and paddle boards to provide environmental education programming at Medawisla Wilderness Lodge and Cabins.$7,500
Association Culturelle et Historique du Mont-Carmelto support the planning and development of a permanent folklore exhibition about the St. John Valley in northern Maine.$10,000
Bangor Symphony Orchestrain support of the Know your Orchestra voucher program.$5,000
Bates Dance Festivalto support the 2017 Youth Arts Program.$5,000
Bay Chamber Concertsto provide access to deserving youth to music lessons and live performance experiences at the Bay Chamber Music School.$5,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maineto support Academic Success programming through the end of the 2017 school year.$5,000
Center for Grieving ChildrenTo provide continued support for the Intercultural Peer Support Program, which works with a vulnerable population of students.$10,000
Chestnut Street Baptist Churchto support restoration of their church steeple.$10,000
Child and Family Opportunities, Inc.in support of the "Family Futures Downeast" program which offers a whole-family approach that supports-low income parents in finding pathways out of poverty through education and workforce training.$10,000
Children's Museum & Theatre of Mainefor architecture services, fundraising consultantation and exhibit design services to create a clear budget and plan for a new facility.$15,000
Chocolate Church Arts Centerto fund strategic improvements: ticketing system, fundraising database, graphic designer and equipment to improve performance experience and at-door sales.$12,000
Choral Art Society/Friends of Kotzschumar Organto support a joint operating and management collaboration between the Choral Art Society and Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ.$5,000
Cobscook Community Learning Centerto assist in finalizing the development phases of a major educational initiative to address the impact of childhood trauma and poverty.$10,000
Downeast Salmon Federationfor installation of an elevator at the east Machias Aquatic Research Center to enable handicapped students, faculty and visitors to visit the lab located on the second floor.$15,000
East Raymond Chapelfor restoration of a Church steeple.$5,000
Eastport Arts Centerin support of the second phase of building renovations with a focus on upgrade to the kitchen and energy efficiency measures throughout the building.$5,000
Ecology Schoolto support the ecological assessment, site analysis and stewardship plans for River Bend Farm, which will become the new home of The Ecology School.$10,000
EdGE Programin support of the High School Staffing Program, where students in the EdGE Program assist in delivering programming and serve as role models to the younger EdGE participants.$10,000
Elder Grey Meeting House Cemetery Associationto partially fund restoration of the historic Meeting House on Chadbourne Ridge in North Waterboro.$7,500
Falmouth Land Trustto support the establishment of a half time outreach & education coordinator position.$12,000
Farnsworth Art Museumto assist with the repair and preservation of the Olson House's thirty-six badly deteriorated windows.$15,000
Foundation for Maine's Community Collegesto continue the Morton-Kelly Scholars at Southern Maine Community College.$15,000
Friends of Casco Bayto support the Casco Bay Curriculum project.$7,500
Friends of L.C. Bates Museumto develop learning opportunities for 3rd and 4th graders in 36 classrooms and their families, including outreach programs, free family marine science programs, summer day camp & a marine life guide.$4,000
Friends of Lincoln Parkto support the restoration and conservation of Portland's historic Lincoln Park fountain.$10,000
Game Loftto design/implement a pilot assessment/evaluation tool to tie the "Coming of Age in America" historical after school programming for youths in greater Belfast.$5,000
Gedakina, Inc.to support Braiding Sweetgrass Initiative, a multi-generational mentoring and support system to nurture and encourage all women and girls in the community.$10,000
Georges River Land Trustto support the creation of a public sculpture preserve, including improvements and development of a Master Plan.$7,000
Good Shepherdto support the School Pantry Program.$10,000
Greater Portland LandmarksTo support of 2017 public and school programming in preservation and history.$10,000
Hampden Historical Societyin support of construction of a climate-controlled and fireproof archival wing and additional repairs to the main building.$15,000
Haystackto support increased community access to the "fab lab" at Haystack's Center for Community Programs.$5,000
Herring Gut Learning Centerto support the Sustainable Seaweed Program.$7,500
Hope Actsto fund programming that educates and empowers asylum seekers so they can thrive socially and economically.$5,000
Iris Networkto cover renovation costs, including window replacement, wheelchair accessible lift and replacement of fire escape at the State Street dormitory.$10,000
Island Readers & Writersto implement a "Literary Links to Science" project, using literature, activities and presentations to enhance children's understanding of the ocean and its importance to the earth's ecosystem.$5,000
Islesford Boatworksin support of a third level of youth programming in response to increased enrollment.$5,000
Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT)to support conservation-based educational programming, the Estuary Connection Program, in the Kennebec Estuary region.$5,000
Lubec Community Outreach Centerin support of integrated community projects serving Lubec community members living in poverty and at-risk youth programs.$5,000
Maine Boys to Mento support the Reducing Sexism and Violence Program (RSVP) beyond Greater Portland by partnering with 8 schools outside of Portland.$5,000
Maine Charitable Mechanic Associationto match a $16,500 grant from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to fund a Historic Structure Report.$10,000
Maine Historical Societyto support the direct expenses of mounting the exhibition "All Blood Runs Red: World War I and the Maine Experience".$15,000
Maine Humanities Councilfor public library programming to serve more than 50 communities throughout the state.$15,000
Maine Inside Outto support "outside" arts-based programming for youth coming home after incarceration.$7,500
Maine Maritime Museaumtoward the construction and installation of a permanent exhibit, titled "Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience".$12,500
Maine Mineral & Gem Museumin support of the creation of an interactive exhibit to be the Museum's centerpiece which will be a two-story geological cross-section diorama of Maine.$10,000
Maine NEW Leadershipto support the 2017 Maine National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership Institute.$10,000
Maine Preservationto fund the Field Services program which supports communities to revitalize buildings, downtowns and public spaces.$10,000
Maine Roboticsin support of an initiative to increase the number of Maine girls and young women participating in statewide programs promoting engineering and comuter science.$10,000
Maine Tree Foundationto support the LEAF Program for teachers of environmental education about the forest.$5,000
Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Programto support the installation of new, environmentally sensitive siding for the Training Center.$10,000
Maine Women's Policy Centerin support of education and leadership development program "Girls Day at the State House."$5,000
Medomak Valley Land Trustto support the organization by investing in communications, marketing materials, road signs and organizational software. $5,000
Monhegan Museum of Art & Historyto fund the preservation of historic windows in the Keeper's House.$10,000
Natural Resources Council of Maineto support the "Sustainable Maine" program encouraging communities and the state to adopt practical/effective measures that balance natural resource protection, public health with economic develpment.$10,000
North Deering Gardensto provide school supplies to students in an affordable housing complex in Portland.$300
Patten Free Libraryto help develop a new, state-of-the-art Teen Space.$10,000
Penobscot Eastto support and enhance the resources in educational programming at the educational annex located on Stonington's working waterfront.$10,000
Penobscot Marine Museumto support development of an exhibit addressing how human innovation and technology have proven to be too successful for the health of our fisheries and our coastal ecosystems entitled "The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries".$5,000
Penobscot Theatre Companyto support critical building improvements which will increase the efficiency of the Bangor Opera House and improve the audience experience.$5,000
Portland Chamber Music Festivalto fund expansion and increased access to the Salon Series, which provides a year-round series of concerts for a classical music audience unable to attend the August Festival.$5,000
Portland Stagein support of a second year of funding for The Director's Lab an interactive K-12 Program focused on deepening students' ability to analyze, synthesize and think critically.$10,000
Portland Symphony Orchestrato support the Symphony's wide-ranging education programs.$10,000
Preble Streetin support of programs to meet the urgent needs of the most underserved individuals in Greater Portland.$25,000
Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Centerto support an Experiential Learning Program for Youth with Disabilities that incorporates equine assisted activities with environmental learning.$5,000
Rippleffectto support expansion of the Rippleffect Outdoor Leadership Education (ROLE) program to be implemented in the 2016/17 school year.$5,000
Saco River Theatrein support of 2017 programming including hiring professional theater artists to lead Saturday teen workshops and to supplement ticket pricing.$5,000
Saint Joseph's Collegein support an Artist Residency program which would bring a photographer and bookmaker from Maine Media Workshops&College in Rockland to present an evening talk, work shops and visit two local schools.$2,500
Scarborough Land Trustin support of initiative to improve public outreach and community engagement, building trails, update website, integrate digital communications, street signs, projection and sound equipment.$15,000
Schoodic Arts for Allsupport for signature annual event, the Schoodic Arts Festival.$10,000
Schoodic Ferry Environmental Partnership Programin support of a program to combine ferry service between the Schoodic Peninsula and Mount Desert Island while collecting data supporting transect-based oceanographic assessments of Frenchman Bay.$10,000
Schoodic Institutein support of a new initiative to partner with Sumner Memorial High School to provide science experiences for students in the Pathways program.$10,000
Skowhegan Free Public Libraryto support construction of a Library elevator addition.$10,000
Southern Maine Agency on Agingto support a a year-long marketing initiative to build census at the recently opened Sam L. Cohen Adult Day Center supporting caregivers, families and individuals living with dementia.$15,000
Spring Point Ledge Light Trustin support of work to re-establish weather-tightness, repair water damage and relocating the original windows of the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse project.$10,000
St. Lawrence Artsto install a handicap lift to the Parish Hall Theater.$5,000
St. Luke's Cathedralto restore and repair the lancet windows on the east wall of the sanctuary.$12,500
Stockton Springs Community Libraryto rebuild the chimney, replace clapboards and paint two sides of the library building.$6,000
Sweetserto support art programming at the Sweetser School in Saco.$3,500
Tempoartto support the organization's work of providing and interpreting temporary, place-based outdoor sculpture in Portland.$7,500
Tides Institute & Museum of Artin support of repurposing the 1819 Free Will North Church Building for exhibitions, performances and multi-media presentations.$5,000
Town of Falmouthto support the Falmouth 300 tercentennial Mural Project.$3,500
Tree Street Youthin support of capital campaign for the renovation and expansion of a youth development center in Lewiston which offers academic programming for youth living at or below poverty level.$10,000
Trekkersin support of the pilot year of the Outing Club program.$5,000
Tri-County Literacyto support and expand Literacy Volunteers program which fosters increased literacy among adults through free tutoring.$5,000
Union Hall Restoration Committeefor the purchase and installation of rear and side stage curtains.$5,000
Union Meeting Houseto fund Phase II of the historic building preservation project, which includes replacement of the floor substructure under the sanctuary and narthex.$10,000
University of New Englandin support of the Ocean Food Systems Group's Applied Sea-Vegetable Aquaculture Project$10,000
Upstander Projectto complete the Independent Documentary "Dawnland" and develop learning resources and teacher workshops throughout New England.$5,000
Victoria Mansionto help fund the full restoration of the historically and artistically important painted wall and ceiling decoration of the Mansion's Reception Room Suite.$15,000
Waterfall Artsin support of its 2017 programming including exhibitions, classes/open studio, youth and family outreach program and performances.$7,500
Western Maine Play MuseumSupport to complete renovations necessary to install exhibits and open a children's museum serving Western and Central Maine youth.$7,500

2015 Grant Awards

2015 Grant RecipientPurposeGrant Award
A Company of GirlsIn support of a girls' creative arts program focusing on building independence, problem solving, optimism & social connections for high-risk teens.$2,500
Androscoggin River Watershed CouncilIn support of funding to make improvements to the Androscoggin River Trail by improving outreach and stewardship information through digital media and trail signage.$6,200
Animal Refuge LeagueIn support of construction of a new facility to serve animals in need.$20,000
Bangor Symphony OrchestraIn support of a Young People's Concert program.$5,000
Bates Dance FestivalIn support of increased scholarships and ticket subsidies associated with the expansion of the 2016 Youth Arts Program$5,000
Bath Swedenborgian ChurchIn support of a preservation project to correct a moisture problem in this historic building.$5,000
Beals Historical SocietyTo aid in developing a permanent educational space/cold-storage building for preservation and display of an historical lobstering exhibit.$10,000
Bicycle Coalition of MaineIn support of the "Imagine Bikes Here" project, to demonstrate in concrete form how infrastructure like bike lanes or safer crosswalks on city streets will look and work.$10,000
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean SciencesIn support of the "BLOOM" program, connecting students from each Maine county, K-12 science educators, and Bigelow scientists.$15,000
Bowdoin CollegeTo expand the O.O. Howard Papers Digitization Project to include the papers of Charles Henry Howard and Rowland Bailey Howard.$15,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern MaineIn support of academic success programming for 2,700 school-aged Club members.$5,000
Brunswick-Topsham Land TrustTo protect Cathance River frontage, establish access for hand carry boats, and significantly expand opportunities for recreation and nature study.$10,000
Cancer Community CenterTo enhance and strengthen the Wellness & Healthy Living Education Program.$5,000
Coastal Enterprises Inc.To support personalized business advising and workshops for Maine women who are starting, growing or financing a business$10,000
Coastal Mountains Land TrustIn support of the Mirror Lake Conservation Easement Project which will conserve sections of land on Ragged Mountain in the Camden Hills, Georges Highland Path/Round the Mountain Trail, and Grassy Pond$10,000
Cobscook Community Learning CenterIn support of the early stages of an initiative to improve the effectiveness of rural schools while targeting low-achieving schools and addressing the problem of poverty as a detriment to learning.$10,000
Cultivating CommunityIn support of the organization's alternative education Youth Leadership Development Programming: The Youth Leadership Intensive, Youth Growers, Alumni Mentors, Culinary Crew and Grow.$7,500
Deer-Isle-Stonington Historical SocietyTo help conclude the capital campaign to build a boat shed to provide protection for a lobster boat and permanent display for the Fisherman's Hall of Fame gallery.$5,000
Downeast InstituteTo support marine science education activities.$20,000
Eastbrook Town House Preservation CommitteeTo fund a pre-construction evaluation to assure that the rehabilitaton of the Eastbrook Town House/Library Building is consistent with National Registry standards.$3,600
Eastport Arts CenterTo launch an income-producing retail operatio, including ticket sales counter, inventory for resale, training and operational support.$5,000
EngineTo support its Marble Block preconstruction budget and planning for a capital campaign to benefit this community cultural/economic organization.$20,000
Falmouth Memorial LibraryTo support the oConstruction Documents Phase of the library expansion project.$10,000
Francis Small Heritage Trust, Inc.To support the position of a half-time Executive Director and to provide support for organizational strategic development.$10,000
Friends of Casco BayTo support monitoring, research, advocacy and a public education campaign on the issue of acidification of Casco Bay's Waters and Clam Flats.$5,000
Friends of L.C. Bates MuseumTo support the Creative Ecology project, engaging students and families in artistic explorations of the natural world.$4,000
GedakinaTo support Pathways to Social and Environmental Justice for Maine's Indigenous Peoples initiative focusing on literacy & education, environmental & social justice, and employment opportunity.$5,000
Good ShepherdIn support of the Food Pantry Program$5,000
Good Will-HinckleyIn support of the College Step Up Program, assisting young people who are on their own, often homeless, without family support, to attend college.$10,000
Great Cranberry Island Historical SocietyTo support a collecitons management strategy, complete the archiving of donated items, purchase shelving and flat file units, provide technology upgrades, and to purchase a dehumidifier for basement storage.$5,000
Greater Portland LandmarksTo support 2016 educational programs$10,000
Harpswell Heritage Land TrustIn support of conserving a 29 acre parcel in the Otter Brook which is part of the 12 focus areas identified by the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust Open Space Plan$5,000
Island Readers & WritersIn support of literature-based science, technology, engineering, art, Mathematics (STEAM) programming for children living in low-income island and coastal communities$5,000
Kennebunk Land TrustTo support conservation of an 111-acre parcel of land with a mile of river frontage along the Mousam River to be used for recreational and educational purposes$10,000
Lakes Environmental AssociationTo support the start-up costs of the Maine Lake Science Center, which will focus attention on a strong knowledge-to-action initiative to avert further damage to Maine's lakes$10,000
Lawrence Public LibrarySupport for replacement of the library's slate roof.$10,000
LearningWorksTo support the English Language Program for new immigrants and refugees, imparting job readiness skills that lead to meaningful, sustainable employment and better lives.$5,000
Literacy Volunteers of BangorTo support community outreach and recruitment, provide tutor training and to purchase books and literacy learning materials.$5,000
Lubec Community Outreach CenterTo hire a consultant to assist in developing a business plan (center originated to focus on high school recreation and after school programs), a strategic plan and board and staff development$5,000
Maine AububonIn support of expanding the environmental literacy of teachers and students through hands-on environmental education, teacher development and teaching resources$10,000
Maine Early Learning Investment GroupIn support of the Elevate Maine Early Childhood Education replication project in Skowhegan.$10,000
Maine FiberartsIn support of three collaborative exhibitions which will include reception and artist talks and hands-on workshops$4,000
Maine Film CenterTo build on last year's successful pilot program expanding access for local youth to alternative, independent film and education programs. $5,000
Maine Historical SocietyIn support of "My Maine Stories" initiative, telling Maine history using exhibitions, public programs, and outreach$15,000
Maine Humanities CouncilIn support of 2016 programming designed to specifically meet needs expressed by Maine's librarians.$25,000
Maine Huts & TrailsTo maintain the existing investment in the biking trail system to help the organization transform from a skiing-based organization into a year-round outdoor resource.$5,000
Maine Island Trail AssociationTo support island stewardship efforts, including efforts to map and manage invasive plants$5,000
Maine Maritime AcacemyIn support of deck replacement and systems upgrades to MMA's vessel "Bowdoin" used for educational and training purposes.$20,000
Maine PreservationTo support Maine Preservation's Field Services and related education and preservation projects$10,000
Maine Science FestivalTo support the development of the 2016 Maine Science Festival$5,000
Maine Sea Coast MissionIn support of EDGE Summer Literacy Camp - summer camp for students kindergarten through second grade who are identified by their schools as having reading deficits.$10,000
Maine Tree FoundationTo support the LEAF Program of environmental education, including Teachers' Tours of Maine's Forests and Mills and educational activities at Holt Research Forest in Arrowsic$5,000
Margaret Chase Smith Policy CenterIn support of Maine New Leadership 2016 - an intensive, six-day nonpartisan public leadership institute offered to college women from across the state of Maine.$10,000
Mayo Street ArtsTo support renovations to the performance hall and to support aftershool and summer programs$10,000
McLaughlin Garden & HomesteadTo provide for a new roof for the McLaughlin Homestead, which serves the community with free garden access, educational programs and family oriented events.$10,000
Mt. Agamenticus to the SeaIn support of a campaign to conserve an additional 1,500 acres of land in the Mt. Agamenticus region which supports nature and wildlife; people and the community; and the economy.$10,000
Natural Resources Council of MaineIn support of project Creating Sustainable Maine Communities to educate, engage, inspire Maine people to take individual and community-wide actions for more sustainable Maine communities$10,000
Northeast Historic FilmTo complete the flooring and wall covering in the entryway and staff work spaces of the offices of the moving image archive facility at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, ME$10,000
Oratorio ChoraleTo support "Harriet: A Portrait" , a commissioned work for chorus and small orchestral ensemble by composer Elliott Schwartz, and a visual presentation that will accompany the music.$5,000
Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony OrchestraIn support of "Maine Composers: World Premiere of Three New Works", a project that highlights new works by Maine composers.$5,800
Penobscot East Resource CenterTo strengthen a program of public outreach as well as communication on fishing and fisheries issues.$10,000
Penobscot Theatre CompanyTo support the production of "Transformer Tales: Origin Stories of the Penobscot Nation", a summer educational program for Bangor-area youth$5,000
Portland Conservatory of MusicGeneral Operating Support for Conservatory, which offers musical instruction to students of all ages, abilities and financial circumatances and over 75 public concerts annually.$2,500
Portland Museum of ArtIn support of "Your Museum, Reimagined" new mobile tour in conjunction with the museum's 2017 reopening.$52,000
Portland StageIn support of the workshop, "Director's Lab", for middle and high school students designed to introduce students to classic texts and the impact of interpretation.$10,000
Portland Symphony OrchestraIn support of year two of the Musical Explorers, a progam for early elementary students that uses an arts-integrated curriculum to advance children's literacy, numeracy and social skills.$10,000
Preble StreetFor general operating support in service of reducing hunger and homelessness in greater Portland.$25,000
Project GraceIn support of weatherization projects serving low income families.$2,500
Schoodic Arts for AllTo support a new intern program, which includes summer staff mentoring and programming.$10,000
Schoodic InstituteIn support of scholarships for grades 4-8 to attend 3-day Adventure Program in partnership with National Park Service offering students field experiences designed build science literacy/enthusiasm.$10,000
School Ground Greening Coalition / Portland TrailsProviding logistical support, leadership training & seed funds to Portland schools to create green school ground features & launch an online "Virtual Tour" of the project.$5,000
Somali Bantu Community Association of LewistonIn support of the basket weaving cottage industry project, which generates income for Somali women. Funds will go toward staff training, maintaining inventory, purchase of materials, marketing and travel.$5,000
Southern Maine Agency on AgingTo provide specific furnishings and equipment for the new Biddeford Adult Day Center.$25,000
StriveIn support of a Capital Campaign to purchase and renovate the STRIVE Center, which serves 11-25 year olds with intellectual and developmental disabilities.$10,000
SweetserTo purchase ten iPads for their Belfast school in order to to meet Sweetser's goal of incorporating technology into classrooms$4,000
Telling RoomTo support the 2015-16 Anthology Project, a yearlong themed writing and art project that engages over 2000 students attending their Writing Center$10,000
The Center for Grieving ChildrenIn support of the Multicultural Peer Support Program.$10,000
The Children's Museum & Theatre of MaineTo support Written in the Stars: Greek Constellation Stories Come to Life, a theatre program.$10,000
The Choral Art SocietyTo present a concert of opera arias and choruses in collaboration with Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ$3,500
The Foundation for Maine's Community CollegesTo continue scholarships at Southern Maine Community College.$15,000
The Iris NetworkTo support start up of a new Rehabilitation Center, specifically renovations to a dormitory to house program participants for up to 12 weeks.$10,000
Tides Institute & Museum of ArtIn support of energy efficiency improvements including a wood pellet boiler and radiant heating system.$5,000
Town of Limerick, MaineIn support of Old Limerick Town Hall's preservation project$10,000
Tri-County LiteracyTo support and expand the Literacy Volunteers program$5,000
University of New EnglandIn support of a monitoring project on the endangered shortnose and Atlantic Sturgeon population in the Saco River using new tracking technology to track movement and feeding patterns.$10,000
Upstander ProjectTo complete "Dawnland" --an independent film documenting the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission.$8,000
Wayfinder SchoolsIn support of two core high school programs: a 9-month residential program for at-risk youth and a home based high school diploma program for teen parents.$5,000
Western Foothills Land TrustTo support a Conditions and Rehabilitation report for the Pike-Roberts farmhouse at Roberts Farm to restore facades and rehabilitate the interior for low-impact public use$5,000
YMCA of Southern MaineTo implement an energy efficiency audit on their historic 1926 building.$10,000

2014 Grant Awards

2014 Grant RecipientProject DescriptionAward Amount
317 Main Community Music Center2014-15 outreach program partnering with other organizations throughout greater Portland to provide music education to those who may not otherwise have access$5,000
A Company of GirlsIn support of a girls' creative arts program focusing on building independence, problem solving, optimism & social connections for girls of low-income, high risk or in need of emotional/social support$2,500
Appalachian Mountain ClubTo support four native brook trout habitat restoration projects in Maine$7,000
Bicycle Coalition of MaineIn support of the Community Spokes Program engaging citizens in the civic process making their local communities more walkable, bikeable and more enjoyable places to live$10,000
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean SciencesBLOOM Program which brings a student from each of Maine's 16 counties to the Laboratory for 5 days to work with scientist on a research cruise in the Gulf of Maine$15,000
Boothbay Harbor Memorial LibraryFunding to install an elevator to 2nd floor where most of programming will occur$15,000
Bowdoin CollegeIn support of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library's manuscript holdings related to Oliver Otis Howell$15,000
Camp Susan CurtisTo fund 5 tuitions for disadvantaged teens to attend a 2-week session$6,000
Cancer Community CenterTo support a free community education program with an emphasis on cancer awareness, prevention and survivorship, creative expression and wellness$5,000
Casco Bay High SchoolTo provide scholarships for economically disadvantaged students to participate in the school's Quest programs$15,000
Children's Museum & Theatre of MaineIn support of "Shakespeare's Stories" a literacy project using the original language of William Shakespeare$10,000
Cultivating CommunityIn support of the organization's alternative education program and environmental initiative, The Youth Leadership Intensive$10,000
Denmark Arts CenterTo support a collaborative filmmakng venture for young adults to produce an original, full-length (60 minute) portrait of the Town of Denmark$3,000
engineRestoration of Marble Block into the cornerstone/center of a new arts economic industry for the City of Biddeford and as the home of this organization to promote cultural tourism$25,000
First Congregational Church of SearsportRestoration of three more of the church's nine century-old leaded stained glass windows$5,000
Fort Williams Park FoundationTo build and plant a children's garden at the Park to reverse damage done by invasive species, restore wildlife habitat, create open space, enhance outdoor experience$15,000
Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges (The)To fund scholarship support in 2014-15 academic year to 20 students enrolled full-time in their second year at SMCC$15,000
Friends of Baxter State ParkTo fund the Community Engagement and Education Initiative$5,000
Good Shepherd Food-BankIn support of the School Pantry program to provide healthy food to at-risk kids$5,000
Good Will-HinckleyIn support of capital campaign to secure a permant home for the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences$25,000
Great Cranberry Island Historical SocietyTo be used toward capital improvements to the Cranberry House and support the work of the museum's archivist$10,000
Greater Portland LandmarksIn support of Landmarks' 2015 educational programs$10,000
Herring Gut Learning CenterIn support of "The Port Clyde Fisheries Project". Students will create an interactive map of places meaningful to the maritime history of the region and integrate into a self-guided tour$5,000
Island InstituteIn support of Energy for US environmental education program and development of outreach materials to share the model of the program$15,000
Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (The)To support Estuary Connection Program and KELT Kids. KELT, focusing on environmental education, works to protect land, water and wildlife along the lower Kennebeck River.$5,000
King Middle SchoolIn support of the K-PAC and K Big programs (6th grade) with a goal of raising academic, social and personal success whose objective is to offer consistent academic support and learning habits$5,000
L.C. Bates MuseumTo implement and evaluate a program for 4th grade children that supports their school studies and long-term learning$5,162
Landing School (The)To support the purchase of computer numerical control (CNC) used to leverage technology to design boat molds. The Landing is a post-secondary school preparing students for careers in marine industry$13,970
Laudholm TrustTo support a series of winter and spring Preschool Story Hours, craft activities and nature walks for 130 students and families from 10 Head Start education providers in York County$3,000
LearningWorksTo sustain programs focused on education and mental health programs for at-risk youth, the immigrant community, and low-income families$5,000
Maine Academy of Modern MusicTo continue/expand its successful scholarship program providing music education for disadvantaged, rural students in Downeast Maine$5,000
Maine Charitable Mechanics Association (The)Restoration of Mechanic's Hall to meet safety code in order to provide space for creative and educational activities in the center of Portland's Arts District$9,323
Maine Film CenterTo expand access for local youth to alternative, independent film and film education programs$5,000
Maine Historical SocietyTo help fund the costs of moving and rehousing the collections into the new facility$25,000
Maine Humanities CouncilIn support of implementing a model developed to assist Maine libraries with scholar-facilitated, quality programming to increase library audiences and excite their communities$25,000
Maine Huts & TrailsFund guided trips for guests particularly during the non-winter months$10,000
Maine Irish Heritage CenterTo help pay for a structural assessment of the building$10,000
Maine Island Trail AssociationRecruiting and training the next generatiion of Monitor Skippers who educate island visitors in Leave No Trace recreation, checking island conditions and use, facilitating special projects$5,000
Maine Maritime MuseumRe-design and renovation of the Lobstering and the Maine Coast Exhibits$10,000
Maine Science FestivalTo support the 2015 Maine Science Festival$5,000
Maine Sea Coast MissionIn support of Edge Credit Recovery Program - programs to keep young people engaged and successful in school$10,200
Maine Women's Policy CenterGirl's Day at the Statehouse$5,000
Margaret Chase Smith Policy CenterIn support of Maine New Leadership 2015 - an intensive, six-day nonpartisan public leadership institute offered to college women from across the state of Maine$10,000
Mayo Street ArtsRestoration of Mayo Street Arts Center (historic former Danish church). Repoint brick foundation, renovations, improvements to the performance hall$10,000
My Place Teen CenterFor building renovation needs$10,000
New England School of MetalworkIn support of Artists-In-Residence (A-I-R) Program (a total of 20 workshops focusing particularly on advanced blacksmithing techniques and the craft of bladesmithing)$5,000
Northern Forest CenterIn support of the Center's Skilled Workforce Initiative to upgrade current worker skills and attract young people to woodworking as a career$10,000
Opportunity Alliance (The)To purchase a complete kit for "Opening the World of Learning" (OWL) curriculum for their Head Start classroom$3,100
Otisfield Historical SocietyTo complete structural renovations to the Old Town House consisting mainly of interior spaces$5,500
Penobscot Marine MuseumIn support of 2015 Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light exhibit which will showcase photographic images in multiple venues on Searsport campus as part of state-wide photo project$5,000
Portland Museum of ArtIn support of the Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America exhibition$25,000
Portland StageTo purchase Patrol Manager, a new customer relationship management software that will connect the entire organization in one system$10,000
Portland Symphony OrchestraIn support of PSO Musical Explorers progam for early elementary students that utilize an arts-integrated curriculum to advance children's literacy, numeracy and social skills$10,000
PORToperaExpand the Youth Artist Program (YAP) by holding two performances instead of one in-town Portland and a performance at a site outside of Greater Portland$5,000
Preble StreetIn support of the social work services provided including crisis intervention, assessment, employment services and case management for the most underserved individuals in Greater Portland$25,000
Presque Isle Historical SocietyTo procure four (4) 4-legged hinged display cases as part of the current restoration of the Maysville Museum project$7,000
Riding to the TopTo support special education students participating in equine assisted learning/therapeutic riding during 2014/2015$5,000
RippleffectIn support of Rippleffect Outdoor Leadership Education for Mahoney Middle School in South Portland$2,500
Scarborough Land TrustTo help fund the first two start-up years of the part-time Stewardship Coordinator position and support to create handicapped access to one of the new trails at the Benjamin Farm$25,000
Scarborough Public LibraryTo fund the preservation of the Library's local newspaper collection$20,690
School Ground Greening CoalitionSupporting programming dedicated to the transformation of school grounds into vibrant community-designed natural spaces providing opportunities for education, recreation and environmental stewardship$10,000
Sheepscot Wellspring Land AllianceTo acquire two properties in the Sheepscott River headwaters. Planned uses of properties include recreation, education and ecological study$10,000
Skowhegan Free Public LibraryRestoration including a hot water heater, lighting fixtures and plumbing fixtures$10,000
Southern Maine Agency on AgingTo provide specific furnishings and equipment for the new Stewart Center day care center for people living with Alzheimer's$25,000
St. Lawrence ArtsTheater lighting, including stage and performance lighting as well as public spaces and security as well as conversion to LED lighting$5,000
Tate House MuseumTo support your preservation project. Grant funds will be used to upgrade an aging oil burner with natural gas furnace and to bury the electric power lines$8,700
Telling Room (The)To support the year-long themed writing and art project that engages over 2000 students at their Writing Center and in local schools$10,000
The GrandTo assist in the historic preservation of the building$5,000
TrekkersTo support the Fiscal Year 2015 expansion of educationally focused, experimental learning program for local youth$5,000
Trust for Public Land (The)In support of the Knight's Pond and Blueberry Hill Community Conservation Project located in Cumberland/North Yarmouth for recreation and wildlife habitat$5,000
Union Hall Restoration CommitteeStage curtain replacement$5,000
Wabanaki Health and WellnessTo support the Health and Wellness Coordinator whose job is focused on supporting Wabanaki education and cultural traditions$10,000
Waldoborough Historical SocietyRenovation of the Hauck Building to include upgrades to lighting, air quality and temperature of original building$5,000
Wayfinder SchoolsIn support of two core high school programs: nine-month residential program for at-risk youth and a home based high school diploma program for teen parents$7,500