The Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant Program recently awarded $29,718 in grants to 10 Waldo County nonprofits, including Come Boating! of Belfast, which will use the funds to acquire a traditional Cornish pilot gig to sustain and expand involvement in its rowing programs.

Other grant awards went to:

· Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Camden, to provide improved public access to conserved lands in Lincolnville by replacing aging bridges and developing trails;

· Cornerspring Montessori School, Belfast, to develop a five-year strategic plan;

· Free Range Music Festival, Belfast, for a website redesign;

· Rural Aspirations Project, Swanville, for the 501(c)(3) filing fee;

· Unity Barn Raisers, Unity, to support a “volunteer cultivator” position;

· Volunteer Regional Food Pantry, Unity, to support “Beyond the Banana Box,” designed to increase access to and successful use of local produce for the food-insecure population of western Waldo County;

· Waldo Community Action Partners, Belfast, to complete Phase I of the Belfast Head Start Center Playground Project;

· Waldo County Safe Homes for Teens Project, Belfast, for rental of office space at the Hutchinson Center;

· Waterfall Arts, Belfast, to develop a volunteer program.

A volunteer committee of Waldo County residents and business leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding. The next deadline for applying is Feb. 15, 2013. Application and guidelines are available 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 more information, visit or call 877-700-6800.