2014 Grant Awards

[PLEASE NOTE: 2015 and 2016 grant awards will be added to this paage soon. We are developing a new format].

This table contains descriptions of sponsoring organizations and projects recently funded by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. The search box at right can be used to search for keywords, grant amounts, or organization names.

Past 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$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