SEARSPORT/ROCKPORT – The Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded $107,901 to 12 organizations across Maine that promote traditional handcrafts.

Area grantees include: Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, for a series of workshops spotlighting local Maine traditional fiber arts with hands-on and historical components ($8,220); Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, to upgrade and update the center’s aging IT infrastructure to better support current operations and advance new online initiatives such as the free video library ($7,500); and Maine Media Workshops + College, Rockport, to expand the Book Arts Program to include paper-making for use in making art books ($5,450).

A MaineCF donor made an additional grant totaling $10,000 from a donor-advised fund.

The next grant application deadline is June 1, 2022. The online application, guidelines, and a complete list of 2021 grants are available at For more information, contact Leslie Goode, senior program officer, at (207) 412-2002 or

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, Mars Hill, and Rockport, 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. To learn more about the foundation, visit