The Greater Giving Program's Past Grant Recipients

The Greater Giving Program was formalized in 2015, and each year worthy organizations are awarded funds based on the merits of their grant applications.

2017 Grant Recipients

In 2017 the Program has awarded funds to the following nonprofit organizations:

A Company of Girls

$2,500 was awarded to this Portland-based nonprofit to support its free, core after-school program that provides 200 hours of intensive, year-long engagement in the arts for girls that are recognized as low-income, high-risk or are experiencing emotional/social issues in the Portland area.

Auburn Public Library

$1,830 was awarded to this Auburn-based nonprofit to fund the creation of a literacy program in the County Jail to encourage incarcerated parents to bond with their children through reading and to improve the literacy skills of both parent and child.

Center for Wisdom’s Women

$2,500 was awarded to this Lewiston-based nonprofit to help the organization move its fledgling urban gardening social enterprise from Phase One, a start-up experimental period, to Phase Two, a marketing stage with the goal of having products for sale by the Maine Department of Agriculture by the end of 2017.

Lewiston Public School

$670 was awarded to Mike McGraw, Biology teacher at Lewiston High School, to fund a field trip to Morse Mountain Conservatory in Phippsburg for high school sophomore students. 100+ students will be involved in this field trip which connects the environment with education and allows students to gain a better understanding of applied science. This is the 17th year this trip has been offered by Lewiston Public Schools.

Wayfinder Schools

$2,500 was awarded to this New Gloucester-based alternative high school serving at-risk youth and teen parents throughout Maine. The funds will support Wayfinder School’s two core programs: a nine-month residential program and a home-based Passages program for teen parents.

2016 Grant Recipients

In 2016 the Program awarded funds to the following nonprofit organizations:

Portland Education Foundation

$2,500 was awarded to this Portland-based non-profit to support teacher-led classroom innovations. The grant will help support PEF's Teacher Grants Program, which makes investments directly at the point of teaching and learning. The program is designed to help teachers engage students in Portland's public schools to achieve their highest potential by augmenting teaching and learning.

Rural Community Action Ministry

$5,000 was awarded to this Leeds-based organization that helps people meet their needs for safe, adequate shelter, clothing, food and basic well-being. The grant will help promote employment and/or advanced training to move rural Mainers from poverty to independence. By focusing on employment status, the organization will promote economic development to towns in Androscoggin, Oxford and Kennebec Counties.

Androscoggin River Watershed Council

$1,000 was awarded to this Bethel-based non-profit to support a project involving the Androscoggin Valley Education Collaborative (AVEC), which will allow students from five high schools to study storm-water runoff and prepare interpretive panels for use on the Androscoggin River Trail kiosks. The project will culminate in the students paddling during the Source to Sea event on Cherry Pond in Greene, ME.

EqualityMaine Foundation

$2,500 was awarded to this statewide organization that secures full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Maine. The grant funds will support a youth initiative, the New Leaders Project, in Brunswick this summer. It will include 12-20 LGBT and allied young people with a focus on self empowerment, communications, community organizing and leadership.

The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra

$1,500 was awarded to this Brunswick-based organization that provides an opportunity for talented volunteer musicians to perform classical music within the community. The funds will support the production of the Verdi Requiem, to be performed in May 2016 at the Franco Center in Lewiston and the Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham.

YMCA of Auburn/Lewiston

$2,500 was awarded to this Lewiston-Auburn based organization to fund a Power Scholars Academy summer camp, a 6-week academic enrichment program aimed at reducing summer learning loss in children grades K-8 from low-income households. The program will be available to 24 elementary students in Lewiston during the summer of 2016.

2015 Grant Recipients

In 2015 the Program awarded funds to the following nonprofit organizations:

A Company of Girls

$2,200 was awarded to an after-school art program. This program brings together girls that are recognized as low-income, high-risk or experiencing emotional/social issues in the Portland area.

Androscoggin River Watershed Council

$1,000 was awarded to this Bethel-based nonprofit to support a project involving the Androscoggin Valley Education Collaborative (AVEC). The organization has been around since 1999 and has been working to educate students and the community about the importance of maintaining clean water for future generations. The project allows students from five high schools to study storm-water runoff and prepare interpretive panels for use on the Androscoggin River trail kiosks.

Community Concepts Finance Corporation

$2,200 was awarded to this regional nonprofit in order to support its Financial Capability Project. This was designed to increase financial capacity and housing stability through one-on-one money management educational support within Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties.

EqualityMaine Foundation

$2,500 was awarded to EqualityMaine Foundation, which has supported full equality for the  LGBT community since 1984. The grant funds are being used to create a youth leadership campaign for students ages 14-20. LGBT and allied youth will focus on self-empowerment, communication, community organizing and leadership.  EqualityMaine believes that in order for a student to thrive in school, they must feel safe and have the resources to become leaders in their communities.

Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin

$443 was awarded to this nonprofit based in Auburn in order to fund the purchase of a laptop to aid the group in providing free tutoring and educational services to adults and families in Androscoggin County.

The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra

$1,500 was awarded to this Brunswick-based organization that provides an opportunity for talented volunteer musicians to perform classical music within the community. The funds support the production of the Verdi Requiem, performed in May 2016 at the Franco Center in Lewiston and the Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham.

Museum L-A

$2,200 was awarded to this organization based in Lewiston in order to fund a, “Kids as Curators” program. This is affiliated with local schools in Lewiston and Auburn. The organization is designed to introduce children to the arts through exhibiting, curating, designing and marketing museum exhibits.

YMCA of Auburn/Lewiston

$2,500 was awarded to this Lewiston-Auburn based organization to fund a Power Scholars Academy summer camp, a 6-week academic enrichment program aimed at reducing summer learning loss as well as building emotional and physical strength.in children grades K-8 from low-income households. The program was helped 24 elementary students in Lewiston during the summer of 2016. The organization provided the students with mentoring, field trips, and activities to build critical skills and improve confidence in the classroom.