The Maine Community Foundation has released its latest round of grants, with nearly $97,000 going to community organizations in Franklin and Somerset counties.
Among the recipients: the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies to support vulnerable youth through employment, mentoring opportunities, and internships to develop business and entrepreneurial skills.
Common Unity Place to provide a community meeting place that supplies free clothes, meals, personal-care items, access to social services, and other support.
Bates Museum to develop skills needed to study, understand, and support children's natural environment.
High Peaks Creative Council to bring craftsmen into schools to build steam-bent toboggans with students.
Literacy Volunteers to educate, empower, and connect adults in rural Maine, for whom literacy skills are a barrier to access.
Main Street Skowhegan to foster connections among youth, mentors, and community members through outdoor activities at Skowhegan Outdoors Basecamp.
Mission at the Eastward to provide home repairs to low-income people and complete a tiny home to provide housing for people experiencing homelessness.
Rangeley Region Health and Wellness Partnership to provide access to healthy food for rural and low-income older people.
Western Maine Community Action to increase household safety, well-being, and employability for community members.
Greater Franklin Food Council to support garden and nutrition programming and hands
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