ELLSWORTH — More than $45,000 in Maine Community Foundation grants will help strengthen nonprofit organizations and projects in Waldo County.

The five grants through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program include $44,900 recommended by the Waldo County Committee and three additional grants totaling $19,000 from people with donor-advised funds.

Grant recipients include:

  • Belfast Curling Club, to support socialization, physical, and mental fitness during the winter.
  • Winterport Free Library Association, to provide safe and equitable access to its library building for all members of the community.
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, to supply teachers with outdoor educational backpacks to facilitate outdoor learning.

The Waldo County Fund is a permanent endowment that supports projects and nonprofit organizations that strengthen communities. Proposals are submitted through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program, the foundation’s largest, and are reviewed by a committee of community members.

The next proposal deadline is Feb. 15, 2023. The application, guidelines and list of all 2022 grants are at mainecf.org.

The Waldo County Fund, established in 1990, is built through donations from the community. For more information about the fund or grant program, contact Senior Program Officer Leslie Goode at 412-2002 or lgoode@mainecf.org.