ELLSWORTH — Nonprofit and public organizations seeking funding for projects that strengthen communities are encouraged to apply to the Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant Program.

A volunteer committee of Oxford County residents reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding. The deadline for applying is Thursday, Feb. 15. Applicants should note that the grant criteria and application questions have changed. Application and guidelines are available at www.mainecf.org.

In 2017, the committee awarded $30,000 in grants to six nonprofits. They included:

• $5,000 to Mahoosuc Heart & Soul, to implement Mahoosuc Heart & Soul, a community visioning and planning process, in Woodstock, Greenwood, Newry and Bethel

• $5,000 to Oxford Hills Community Gardens, to build the Community Garden Library and Resource Center, to increase and enhance agricultural educational services for hundreds of local youth

• $4,705 to Western Foothills Land Trust, for winter programs at Roberts Farm and other preserves, including biathlons, snowshoe and ski programs and a ski day for fifth-graders.

To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.

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