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

The deadline for applying is February 15. The application, guidelines, and a list of recent grants are available at www.mainecf.org.

A volunteer committee of Penobscot County residents and business leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding. In 2018, the committee awarded nearly $125,000 in grants to 14 nonprofits.

The Penobscot County Fund was established in 2009 with a $100,000 contribution from the Junior League of Bangor. the Penobscot County Committee makes awards from six permanent endowment funds providing annual grant support to local nonprofits engaged in community-building projects. The committee awarded its first grants in the spring of 2010.


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