September 19, 2008

Grant to Help Provide ESL, GED Training

ELLSWORTH - The Washington County committee of the Maine Community Foundation recently awarded $30,993 in grants to nonprofits, including Mano en Mano-Hand in Hand of Milbridge. The money will be used to pay for English as a Second Language classes and GED preparation for Hispanic residents.

Other grants recipients were:

. Cobscook Community Learning Center, Trescott, for a set of table looms.

. Elm Street School, East Machias, to build an outdoor playground for students, families, and the community.

. Great Auk Land Trust, Milbridge, to provide professional facilitation and support for discussions between regional land trusts.

. Island Astronomy Institute, Bernard, to plan and develop a regional portable planetarium outreach program.

. Literacy Volunteers of Washington County, Machias, to deliver free tutor training to volunteers, hold how-to workshops, and host an "Imagination Library" Festival.

. Sunrise County Economic Council, Machias, for an overnight alumni retreat at the Greenland Point Center.

. The Greenland Point Center, Princeton, to expand available parking and construct a maintenance facility.

. University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Orono, to document the impact of the Down East Micro Enterprise Network in Washington and Hancock counties.

. Washington Hancock Community Agency, Ellsworth, for the Down East Business Alliance to help the managers of the Ellsworth and Machias Valley farmers markets prepare for the 2009 selling season.

The Washington County Fund supports projects that strengthen communities in the county. The next deadline for proposals is Jan. 15. For application and guidelines, go to

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