Grants Available for Washington County Nonprofits


Nonprofit and public organizations seeking funding for projects that draw on the strengths of the community and foster collaboration are encouraged to apply to the Washington County Fund through the Community Building Grant Program of the Maine Community Foundation.

A volunteer committee of Washington County residents and business leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding. The deadline for applying is February 15, 2017. Application and guidelines are available at

      In 2016, the Washington County Committee celebrated its 30th anniversary and awarded more than $129,000 in grants to 18 nonprofits. They included:

- $5,000 to Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition for signs to identify historical districts and points of interest

-$10,000 to Child and Family Opportunities, Inc., to fund early education for the Family Futures Downeast project

-$10,000 to Gateway: Milbridge for a business and funding plan for the Milbridge Theatre.

With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit