SAGE Maine members from across the state participate in a virtual empowerment self-defense class for older adults facilitated by Prevention Action Change. The class helped them combat the winter doldrums while learning physical self-defense skills and building community. (Photo courtesy of Equality Maine)

ELLSWORTH – The Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Charity Foundation Fund has awarded $82,500 to 11 nonprofit organizations that support community-based transportation programs, including changes in response to the pandemic, and efforts to keep older 60-plus community members socially connected during a time of physical distancing.

Local grant recipients include United Way of the Tri Valley Area of Farmington to forge new collaboration among diverse stakeholders to create new and improved options for transportation, focused on older adults of limited financial means and utilizing volunteers in Franklin County, Livermore, and Livermore Falls and SeniorsPlus of Lewiston, which serves Franklin County residents, to help fund the Community Help Line, a critical resource in heightened demand during the pandemic.

Also awarded was the Equality Maine Foundation, Portland, to maintain SAGE Maine programming and statewide outreach efforts to keep LGBTQ+ older adults socially connected during a time of physical distancing.

Established in 1921, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund was the state’s first community foundation, created to hold individual charitable funds and to distribute income from those funds. In 1993, the fund was transferred to the Maine Community Foundation, which continues the organization’s tradition of grantmaking.

The next deadline for applications is Sept. 15, 2021. For more details, visit www.mainecf.org or contact Director of Grantmaking Laura Lee at (207) 761-2440 or llee@mainecf.org.

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