The Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant Program is open and accepting applications from nonprofit and public organizations seeking funding for projects that strengthen communities.

The 2021 Community Building Grant Program will focus on funding to build community resilience during the pandemic, with changes to program criteria, priorities and types of funding. Priority will be given to projects or organizations that support people at higher risk to be negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Two informational Zoom sessions for grantseekers will review program changes for community-building grants. They are offered Tuesday, Dec. 8, noon to 1 p.m., and Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, noon to 1 p.m. Email events@mainecf.org to sign up.

The deadline for applying is Feb. 15, 2021. A volunteer committee of Knox County residents and community leaders reviews grant applications and makes recommendations for funding. Application, guidelines and a list of 2020 grants are available at mainecf.org.

In 2020, the Knox County Committee awarded $43,284 in grants to eight nonprofits, including:

• The RSU 13 school district to create an experiential hands-on learning project for STEM and humanities students from Oceanside High School with Hurricane Island and The Telling Room

• Sweet Tree Arts in Hope for a professional storyteller to provide training to students, teachers and older people

• Trekkers in Rockland to support social and emotional needs of students through staff training and volunteer recruitment, retention and training.

The Knox County Fund provides permanent support to nonprofits in the region. For more information about the fund, contact Foundation Officer Cate Cronin at 1-207-542-2665 or ccronin@mainecf.org.

To learn more about the foundation, visit mainecf.org.