PORTLAND — The Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant Program recently awarded $15,100 in grants to seven Oxford County nonprofits, including Mahoosuc Kids Association in Bethel, which will use the funds to build four community/school organic gardens to promote healthy foods, self-reliance and sustainability education.
Other grant awards went to:
Denmark Arts Center, to hire an arts consultant;
Mahoosuc Land Trust, Bethel, to create and distribute pocket trail maps, build kiosks at three trail heads, develop a program to encourage use of conservation lands and expand its website;
Mother Seton House, Fryeburg, to provide education to pregnant women and young mothers in the areas of nutrition, health and parenting;
SAD 17, Oxford, to purchase materials and supplies for the L.O.O.K. (Learning Opportunities for Our Kids) educational enrichment program;
Project AWARE, Saco, to support attendance by at-risk youth from Oxford County at the organization’s Summer Film Institute;
University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond, to partner with the Community Lakes Association to educate students about water quality in Bryant Pond and control areas with variable leafed milfoil.
A volunteer committee of Oxford County residents and business leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding twice a year. The next deadline for applying is May 15. Application and guidelines can be found at www.mainecf.org.