More than $53,000 in Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) grants will help strengthen nonprofit organizations and projects in Knox County, according to a news release.

The nine grants through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program include $53,307 recommended by the Knox County Committee and two additional grants totaling $7,658 from people with donor-advised funds.

Midcoast grant recipients include:

  •  Island Village Childcare, Vinalhaven, to build a safe, outdoor playset.
  • Knox County Homeless Coalition, Rockport, for a collaborative, affordable-housing initiative that will provide up to 26 units with on-site, client-care services.
  • Mid-Coast Health Net, Rockland, to provide restorative dentistry and expanded hygiene services for low-income children and adults.

The Knox County Fund is a permanent endowment that supports projects and nonprofit organizations that strengthen communities. Proposals are submitted through MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program, the foundation’s largest, and are reviewed by a committee of community members. The next proposal deadline is Feb. 15, 2023. The application, guidelines and list of all 2022 grants are at mainecf.org.

The Knox County Fund, established in 1993, is built through donations from the community. If you would like more information about the fund or grant program, contact Foundation Officer Cate Cronin at (207) 412-2001 or ccronin@mainecf.org.