The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, promoting fundamental change in the justice system and the schools, has received a $4,000 grant from the Catawamteak Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

The grant will provide restorative intervention services to at least one elementary, one middle and one high school. These interventions could include restorative circles, restorative mediation, and/or healing circles. Another goal is for at least two schools to pursue next steps for schoolwide intervention.

“Restorative practices in the schools build on the power of community and relationship-building to address ever more pressing behavior and discipline issues," said Jay Davis, president of RJP’s board. "The link between suspensions and expulsions and criminal behavior is well-documented and there is growing evidence pointing to the effectiveness of restorative school practices.”

RJP is an nine-year-old nonprofit which started in Belfast and now serves the four counties within prosecutorial District 6: Waldo, Knox, Sagadahoc and Lincoln. Through services that encompass the spectrum of need from prevention to intervention to reintegration, RJP works with schools, juvenile courts and the Maine Coastal Regional Re-entry Center in Belfast. In RJP programs, offenders take responsibility for the harm they have caused and, with the participation of victims and others from the community, reach an agreement on repairing that harm. In RJP community-based programs, adult and juvenile offenders are linked with adult mentors in the community.

With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the Foundation, visit

Support for the Restorative Justice Project is provided by state and local entities. In addition to the Maine Community Foundation, these include the Lerner Foundation, the Maine Department of Corrections, Volunteers of America, the Gorman Foundation, Bangor Savings Bank and the Maine Community Foundation as well as individual donors.

For more information, contact the RJP office at 207-338-2742, or visit