The Knox County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation recently awarded $33,325 in grants to 11 nonprofits, including North Haven Community School, to create a school and community garden, the centerpiece of a new farm-to-school lunch and education program.

Other grant recipients include:

— Midcoast Area Veterans Memorial, to design a walkway between the Midcoast Area Veterans Memorial and the 4th Maine Memorial

— Habitat for Humanity, to expand the construction program to include rehabilitation and redevelopment

— Hurricane Island Foundation, to increase science programming for local students.

The Knox County Fund is a permanent endowment that supports projects that strengthen communities in Knox 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 Knox County Fund is built through donations from the community. To donate to the fund, please contact Cathy Melio, MaineCF program officer, at 1-877-700-6800 or