Maine Community Foundation's Waldo County Committee recently awarded $44,149 in grants to nine nonprofits, including Belfast Museum, Waterfall Arts and Sheepscot Wellspring Alliance.

The Waldo County Fund is a permanent endowment that supports projects that strengthen communities in the county.

Belfast Museum will use the grant to create a multimedia prototype that features first-person narratives of Belfast and Waldo County history that will be available in a variety of digital formats.

Waterfall Arts will use its grant for the O:YAH, for "Operation: Yes Art (is) Here," project to enhance community awareness about its programming and facility, with special outreach to young adults and low-income residents.

Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance was awarded a grant to support the trails expansion project, which will improve recreational opportunities in Waldo County.

The next proposal deadline is Feb. 15, 2016. Application and guidelines can be found at mainecf.org. Since 1990, 268 grants totaling more than $550,000 have been made to 165 organizations across the county.

The Waldo County Fund is built through donations from the community. In honor of its 25th anniversary, the Unity Foundation will match all 2015 contributions to the fund, up to $25,000. To make a donation to support grantmaking in Waldo County, contact Cathy Melio, program officer at the Maine Community Foundation, at 1-877-700-6800 or cmelio@mainecf.org.

With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, 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 mainecf.org.