September 12, 2008

Western Mountains Receives Grant

ELLSWORTH - The Western Mountains Committee of the Maine Community Foundation recently awarded $29,900 in grants to six Somerset and Franklin County nonprofit organizations.

Among the funded programs is the Lake George Corp. of Skowhegan for its efforts to increase awareness of the resources available at Lake George Regional Park by producing and distributing an informational video.

Other grant awards went to:

Western Mountains Foundation, Kingfield, in collaboration with Kieve-Wavus, for a two-day program about natural resources and decision-making skills for students of SAD 58.

History House Association Inc., Skowhegan, to create a documentary about the History House to use as a teaching, training and outreach tool.

SAD 13, Bingham, for a restorative justice program to reduce bullying and interpersonal conflicts between students.

Northern Forest Center, Concord, N.H., for a multi-state collaborative project to develop a model for rural economy and community.

River of Life Christian Fellowship, Athens, to serve as a clearing house for community-based projects that serve the needs of youth and create leadership connections.

The Western Mountain Fund supports projects that build and strengthen communities in the county. A committee of local residents and business leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations twice a year. The next deadline for applying is Jan. 15, 2009.

The Western Mountains Fund is built through donations from the community. To donate to the fund, contact Ann Marie Bartoo, MaineCF regional coordinator, at 353-0600 or [email protected]

A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth, Portland and Augusta, MaineCF has been partnering with donors and community groups to strengthen Maine communities for 25 years. For more information, visit or call 1-877-700-6800.

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