County nonprofits net $67,000 in MCF grants

4 years ago

AROOSTOOK COUNTY, Maine — The Aroostook County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded $67,369 in grants to 11 nonprofits throughout The County.  

Grant recipients include:

Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation, to enhance AWWF’s Youth on the Allagash initiative by integrating Allagash Explorer educational tools into the classroom and on trips: $5,000.

Aroostook Hospice Foundation, to purchase beds that will expand sleeping accommodations for patients and family members during their stay at the Aroostook House of Comfort: $7,165

Big Rock, to allow the Snow School to expand and increase the number of young people it reaches: $10,000

Four Seasons Trail Association, to improve grooming capacity and groom trails more efficiently for trail users: $10,000

Houlton Community Market: to increase the community’s access to farmers markets, especially families and low-income customers: $3,392

Limestone Development Foundation, to establish a learning center at the town library to educate residents on basic computer skills that will help them become more employable: $4,646

Northern Maine Growth Initiative, to increase the working population with immigrants and refugees and offer educational and employment opportunities to a more diverse population: $10,000

University of Maine at Presque Isle, to purchase a fan system for UMPI’s new 2,400-square-foot Zillman Family Greenhouse to be constructed in summer 2019: $5,156

Van Buren Resiliency Project, to educate the community about adverse childhood experiences and collaboratively develop resources that promote resiliency and combat adverse intergenerational effects: $9,900

Mainely Girls, to take the Mainely Girls Theater Company on tour to encourage other schools to create girls’ groups and inspire other girls: $2,000

Presque Isle Historical Society, to archive a donation of 48 volatile wax musical cylinders circa 1918 and preserve them for future generations: $110

The Aroostook County Fund is a permanent endowment that supports projects and nonprofits that strengthen communities in The County. Applications go through the foundation’s Community Building Grant Program to be reviewed by a committee of local leaders. 

The next proposal deadline is February 15, 2020. Application, guidelines and a list of recent grants can be found at

The Aroostook County Fund is built through donations from the community. To learn more, contact Eric McCrum, MaineCF foundation officer, at (207) 227-7678 or

The MaineCF is headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, and Mars Hill.