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Machias Savings Bank Community Development Foundation

The Machias Savings Bank Community Development Foundation was established in Maine in 1997 and is the giving branch of the Machias Savings Bank. The Foundation’s mission is to support community and economic development in small Maine communities.

Regions: Funding is directed towards seven counties in Maine, including Cumberland and Penobscot and the rural counties of Aroostook, Knox, Hancock, Waldo, and Washington.

Issues Supported: The Machias Savings Bank Community Development Foundation is committed to supporting projects that facilitate community development, especially in small and rural communities. Examples of issues funded include rural economic equity, affordable housing, childcare support, and workforce development.

Grant Process and Application: Grant application deadlines may vary depending on the grant program. The Community Development Grant cycle occurs on a yearly basis, with the deadline usually falling in April. Visit the Foundation’s website to find out more about the grantmaking application process.

Grant-Making Per Year: In 2021, the Foundation provided grants in the amount of $1 million dollars to Maine nonprofit organizations.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: Arise Addiction Recovery is a grantee located in Machias, Maine, in rural Washington County. Arise offers a multi-step residential recovery program, including transitional housing and services for maintaining sobriety.

Maine Community Foundation

Based in Portland and Ellsworth, the Maine Community Foundation was founded in 1983 and funds programs that support communities and individuals throughout the state. The Foundation’s goals are to support healthy communities and strong economies. The Foundation partners with county and regional committees to ensure funding initiatives meet communities’ needs.

Regions: The Maine Community Foundation serves all areas of Maine, including both rural and non-rural counties. The Foundation has 14 county and regional committees serving the rural counties of Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington counties, as well as partially rural York County. One committee represents both rural counties of Franklin and Somerset, and another committee represents both rural counties of Lincoln and Sagadahoc.

Issues Supported: The Maine Community Foundation’s grants cover a variety of issue areas, including community well-being, climate, equity, and healthy aging. Though there are numerous grant funds, the grassroots Community Building grant program is the largest and provides funding for local organizations that strengthen Maine’s communities. Grants are usually designed to provide either project-specific or general support.

Grant Process and Application: The application deadline for the Community Building grant program usually falls in February. Find out about more grant programs and contact information here.

Grant-Making per Year: Since its founding, the Maine Community Foundation has funded over $500 million in grants. In 2020, the Maine Community Foundation provided grants in the amount of $20 million.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: Sunrise Opportunities is a grantee in Machias, Maine that serves rural Hancock and Washington Counties. Sunrise Opportunities offers counseling, housing, and residential mental health treatment for community members struggling with intellectual disabilities and substance abuse.

Maine Health Access Foundation

The Maine Health Access Foundation was established in 2000 and is based in Augusta, Maine. The Maine Health Access Foundation is a health conversion foundation established when Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine was purchased by Anthem Insurance Companies. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of all Maine residents and communities, including underserved and uninsured populations.

Regions: The Maine Health Access Foundation serves all counties in Maine, with a specific focus on rural health care systems.

Issues Supported: Grant-making strategies are designed to strengthen Maine’s healthcare systems, increase healthcare accessibility, and ultimately improve the health and well-being of all Maine residents. Grants aim to increase insurance coverage, support the healthcare workforce, bolster rural health systems, and support substance abuse treatment. The Foundation has several funding programs. The Systems Improvement and Innovation Responsive Grants and Community Responsive Grants programs are funding initiatives that include health and substance abuse.

Grant Process and Application: The first step in applying for funding is to send a letter of inquiry. The deadline for submitting a letter of inquiry is usually in December. Find out more information by visiting the grant program website.

Grant-Making Per Year: The Foundation provided grants in the amount of $5.5 million in 2020 and $4.7 million in 2019.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Examples: Healthy Acadia in Ellsworth serves rural Hancock County and provides substance abuse treatment services and mental health support. The organization also provides housing for women recovering from substance use disorder. The residential space is designed to provide resources, programs, and a safe environment for recovering women and their children.

Maine Opioid Settlement Funds

Total Settlement Funds in Maine

  • $130 million

Fund Distribution

  • 20% of funds to the state
  • 30% of funds to local governments
  • 50% in the Maine Recovery Fund


  • Funds from three distributors will be paid over 18 years
  • Funds from Johnson & Johnson will be paid over 9 years
  • Funding was expected to begin in April 2022

Application Process

  • Not established

Spending So Far

  • NA

Key Contacts

  • Office of the Attorney General Aaron M. Frey, 207-626-8800,

Key Links

How About Your County?

To get a quick overview of the resources available in your county, including gaps that may need to be addressed, visit the Recovery Ecosystem Index Map developed through a partnership between the Fletcher Group Rural Center Of Excellence, the NORC Walsh Center at the University of Chicago, and East Tennessee State University.

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