The Maine Community Foundation’s community-building grant program recently awarded $13,152 in grants to seven Waldo County nonprofits, including the Institute for Financial Literacy of Portland, which will use the funds to enable Waldo County K-12 teachers to participate in its Certified Educator in Personal Finance program.

Other grant awards went to:

Belfast Lions Club, Belfast, for a food concession trailer, to raise funds for Lions Charities;

Friends of Unity Wetlands, Unity, to improve board capacity;

Georges River Land Trust, Rockland, for a virtual tour and DVD;

Spurwink Services, Portland, for support of the “1968: Gone but not forgotten” city-wide learning project developed by The Game Loft of Belfast;

Stockton Springs Library, Stockton Springs, for an event tent;

Town of Jackson, for basic start-up needs to establish the Jackson Learning Center and Historical Society.

A volunteer committee of Waldo County residents and business leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding twice a year. The next deadline for applying is May 15. An application and guidelines can be found at

A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities. For questions or for more information, visit or call 877-700-6800.