The Waldo County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation recently awarded $33,578 in grants to 16 nonprofits, including Jackson Food Pantry, to purchase a generator to create an emergency warming center at the Jackson Community Center building and prevent food loss during power outages.

Other grant recipients include:

  • Belfast Free Library, to equip the young adult room with technology to attract and engage teen patrons
  • Penobscot Marine Museum, to support “The Gee's Bend Quilts in Maine” exhibition and associated programs
  • RSU 3, to support the expansion of the school greenhouse and garden project into a community garden project.

The Waldo County Fund is a permanent endowment that supports projects that strengthen communities in Waldo County. Applications to the fund are reviewed by a committee of local leaders. The next proposal deadline is Feb. 15, 2015. The application and guidelines can be found at

The Waldo County Fund is built through donations from the community. If you wish to donate to the fund, please contact Cathy Melio, MaineCF program officer, at 1-877-700-6800 or