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Originally published in Compass, August 4, 2011
Eighteen Hancock county nonprofits awarded community building grants

The Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant Program recently awarded $94,853 in grants to 18 Hancock county nonprofits, including the Downeast Food Heritage Collaborative, which will use the award to organize the first Downeast Heirloom Apple week in partnership with College of the Atlantic, the Woodlawn Museum, and Healthy Acadia.

Among the other recipients were:

• Bagaduce Music Lending Library, Blue Hill, to strengthen the volunteer base and development program;

• Friends of Blue Hill Bay, Blue Hill, to support the “State of the Bay Symposium”;

• Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, to expand the Center Workshops, a winter adult workshop series for Maine residents;

KIDS Consortium, Auburn, to collaborate with Deer Isle-Stonington High School to create a multi-disciplinary unit that incorporates a service-learning experience for ninth graders;

• Opera House Arts, Stonington, to increase the OHA’s capacity by expanding the position of education director and developing a new five-year strategic plan; and

• Penobscot East Resource Center, Stonington, to hire consultants to assist in the development of financial resources, communications, financial systems plans, and a revision of the strategic plan.

A volunteer committee of Hancock County residents and business leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding, according to a press release. The next deadline for applying is February 15, 2012. Application and guidelines will be available this fall at For more information, call 877-700-6800.