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MaineCF’s People of Color Fund awards grants

ELLSWORTH & PORTLAND — The Maine Community Foundation’s People of Color Fund has awarded 16 grants that total more than $138,000. The grant program’s goal is to help people of color in Maine achieve greater equity through support for health care, leadership development, civic engagement and youth.

Grant recipients in 2018 include:

—  Aroostook Band of Micmacs, to implement a traditional culturally based artistic expression project for Micmac youth

 Hand in Hand Mano en Mano, to build capacity within Latinx and immigrant communities of Downeast Maine to address systemic causes of racism

  Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, to develop programs that address leadership, racial equity, health care and transitioning for incarcerated and post-release adults and youth of color.

The next deadline for People of Color Fund grant applications is March 15, 2019. For more information, contact Lelia DeAndrade, senior director of grantmaking services, at (207) 412-0843 or

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 [].

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