ELLSWORTH – Nonprofit and public organizations seeking funding for projects that draw upon the strengths of the community and foster collaboration are encouraged to apply to the Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grants Program.

The Androscoggin County Committee will review proposals that support new initiatives or projects rather than fund on-going support. Projects should focus on the assets and strengths of the community.

Grants in the past have supported efforts to foster local leadership, civic engagement or preservation of cultural or environmental resources. Applicants are encouraged to build partnerships between and among community groups to plan, advance and evaluate a proposed project, including involving people they hope to serve in the project’s design and implementation.

Jan. 15 is the next deadline for applying for grants. Applicants will be notified in late March. Application, guidelines and a list of recent grants can be found at www.mainecf.org. For more information, call 1-877-700-6800.

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