Grants to 10 organizations from the Maine Community Foundation aim to help strengthen nonprofit organizations and projects in Oxford County.

The Oxford County Committee awarded $68,610 through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program, according to a news release from the foundation.

The 2023 Grants from the Oxford County Committee:

• Bethel Area District Exchange and Food Pantry, for its food pantry, used-clothing store, food delivery, farm-to-pantry, senior food boxes, and school snack and backpack programs: $10,000;
• Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, to assess unmet mental health needs and improve access to affordable mental health services for cancer patients: $6,210;
• Denmark Arts Center, to provide live music, theater, art shows, children’s’ camps, author readings and workshops: $5,000;
• School Administrative District 44, to operate a childcare and early-learning center in Bethel: $10,000;
• Oxford County Mental Health Services, for academic and enrichment activities for vulnerable students: $5,000;
• River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition, to expand the Old School Food Pantry’s reach through local partnerships, cooking classes and increasing access to fresh produce: $10,000;
• Team Long Run, to increase literacy through programs that get teacher-selected books into children’s homes: $5,000;
• The Progress Center, for meal delivery to children and adults with developmental disabilities recently released from the hospital or rehabilitation center: $5,000;
• Waterford Library Association, to hire a consultant to manage blogs on climate improvement to expand participation in its Climate Conversations: $2,400; and
• Western Maine Addiction Recovery Initiative, to support addiction recovery through education, advocacy and compassionate community action: $10,000.

The Oxford County Fund is a permanent endowment that supports projects and nonprofit organizations that strengthen communities. Proposals are submitted through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program, the foundation’s largest, and are reviewed by a committee of community members.

The next proposal deadline is Feb. 15, 2024. For more information, visit

The Oxford County Fund, established in 1997, is built through donations from the community. Those who would like more information can contact Program Officer Katie Howard at 207-412-0832 or


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