BELFAST — The Sadie and Harry Davis Foundation has awarded $100,000 in grants to 12 organizations through its Children’s Health Small Grants Program. The list of area recipients and their children’s health projects are:
Kennebec Behavioral Health: Waterville, Homeless Youth Outreach Program, $9,000, to provide services from basic needs to behavioral health and substance abuse for youth in Somerset and Kennebec counties who are homeless.
Somali-Bantu Community Association: Lewiston-Auburn, Kasheekee Tell and Heal, $6,000, to provide facilitators for the “Tell and Heal” programs of Kasheekee, a Lewiston-Auburn traditional arts and literacy arts therapy program during weekends, which teaches Somali-Bantu youths reading, writing and oratory skills to help focus on the impact of post-traumatic stress, identity-based challenges and ways to develop overall well-being.
YWCA Central Maine: Lewiston, Children’s Healthy Eating and Nutrition Education Program,$10,000, to support a preventative healthy eating and nutrition program, including a cook/nutrition educator, at Lewiston-Auburn YWCA Early Learning Center and Afterschool Program developed to address long-term hunger, food insecurity and health effects of families living in poverty.
The foundation’s mission is to advance the health of Maine’s children. The Small Grants Program awards multiple grants annually ranging from $3,000 to $15,000, with an application cycle that begins in mid-April. Projects must advance Maine children’s health, increase access to needed services for underserved populations, focus on prevention and build strong local programs that can extend to have statewide impact, among other priorities.