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Local agencies receive Community Responsive Grants

Jan 06, 2020

The Maine Health Access Foundation has announced $592,878 in funding for 14 Community Responsive Grants. The CRG program focuses on funding projects that are community identified and led. These projects respond to a need for more opportunities that help communities address health needs they have identified. Among the grantees are  OUT Maine in Rockland and Penobscot Bay YMCA in Rockport.

The Community Responsive Grantmaking process included engaging a panel of community-based reviewers who helped to advise MeHAF on selecting the projects to be funded. “The opportunity to fund projects that are truly community-led is exciting and eye-opening,” said Barbara Leonard, president & CEO of MeHAF. “By shifting power and agency to those who know, inherently, what their communities need and supporting them to address those needs, we can foster changes we might never have imagined.” The diverse projects span all but two of Maine’s counties and cover issues ranging from addressing food security to health access issues faced by people who are incarcerated.

Other grant recipients are The Center for Grieving Children, The Commons at Central Hall, Healthy Acadia, Healthy Northern Kennebec, In Her Presence, Maine Community Integration, The Opportunity Alliance – WIC Program, Preble Street,Restorative Justice Institute of Maine, Town of Jackman – Community Health Advisory Team, Tree Street Youth, and Wabanaki Public Health.

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