PORTLAND — The Maine Community Foundation’s People of Color Fund has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $138,000.

The goal is to help people of color in Maine achieve greater equity through support for health care, leadership development, civic engagement and youth.

Recipients include:

• Somali Bantu Community of Lewiston for a start-up goat farming enterprise to help meet dietary requirements of the growing Muslim, immigrant, and refugee population: $5,000

• Tree Street Youth to improve data and communication systems and a strategic planning process to address organizational growth: $10,000

• Maine Community Integration, to close cultural gaps between white teachers and students of color in eight Lewiston schools to achieve educational equity, inclusion and academic success: $10,000

The next deadline for grant applications is March 15, 2019. For more information, contact Lelia DeAndrade, senior director of grantmaking services, at 207-412-0843 or ldeandrade@mainecf.org.

The Maine Community Foundation, a statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more or view the complete list of grant recipients, visit www.mainecf.org.

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