ELLSWORTH —The Western Mountains Committee of the Maine Community Foundation recently awarded $63,507 in grants to nine nonprofits, including 4-H, for Youth Trustees in Philanthropy to inspire youth leadership and promote personal integrity.

Other grant recipients include:

·Old Canada Road Scenic Byway, Inc., to fund an interpretive program of culture, history and environment on a 12-mile recreational trail;

· Stanley Museum, to develop an educational outreach program to teach students about the Stanley family and their Yankee ingenuity; and

· Tranet, to hire a development coordinator for WRGY, Rangeley Community Radio.

The Western Mountains Fund is a permanent endowment that supports projects to strengthen communities in Somerset and Franklin counties. Applications to the fund are reviewed by a committee of local leaders.

The next proposal deadline is Feb. 15. The application and guidelines can be found at www.mainecf.org.

The Western Mountains Fund is built through donations from the community. To donate, contact Laura Reed, MaineCF foundation officer, at 207-564-3236 or [email protected]

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