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 Western Mountains Fund Committee will review proposals that support new initiatives or projects, rather than fund ongoing support. Projects should focus on the assets and strengths of the community.

Jan. 15, 2007, 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.

Grants are made from a permanent fund, restricted to nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax status and public organizations serving Franklin and Somerset counties.

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.

The Western Mountains Fund is one of 10 county or regional funds established at MCF that seek to build charitable resources to serve local communities.

A statewide organization with offices in Portland and Ellsworth, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and community groups to strengthen Maine communities.

For more information, call 1-877-700-6800.

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