The Maine Community Foundation recently awarded thirteen grants totaling $112,807 through its Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund. The fund’s goal is to support projects and organizations that promote traditional handcrafts throughout Maine, including fiber arts, ceramics, basketry, jewelry, glass arts, woodwork, leather, and traditional Native American handcrafts.

Local 2020 grant awards include:

  • Atlantic Challenge Foundation Inc., Rockland, to continue to strengthen boatbuilding instruction and apprentice programs: $9,000
  • Cultural Resources Inc., Rockport, to support the Wabanaki Arts Mentorship Program, an intergenerational teaching program of traditional crafts and cultural knowledge: $10,000

An anonymous donor established the Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund in 2007. The next grant application deadline is June 1, 2021. For more information, contact Leslie Goode, senior program officer, at (207) 412-2002 or

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personalized service, local expertise, and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine people.

For a complete list of 2020 grants and more information, visit