Grants and Scholarships

Grants available to libraries

ELLSWORTH— The Maine Community Foundation’s Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust is accepting applications for grants to support programs at libraries in Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington counties.

The Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust was established in 1986 to help libraries better serve communities in Maine with a population of less than 10,000. On business travels in Maine, Mr. Rudman was struck by the commitment to learning and reading at libraries in the majority of towns he passed through, regardless of size.

Rudman grants allow small libraries to create programs tied to their collection, share resources, collaborate with community groups, and find other innovative ways to serve the community.

Grant proposals must be submitted by January 15, 2019. For complete guidelines, online application form, and a list of recent grants, visit

Astor award applications

ELLSWORTH — Staff and faculty employed directly by Mount Desert Elementary School, Northeast Harbor Library, and Mount Desert Island High School who are interested in developing professional skills are encouraged to apply for a grant through the Maine Community Foundation’s Vincent Astor Incentive Awards program.

Incentive awards, typically between $500 and $3,000, enable school and library personnel to pursue projects that will broaden their experience or education, or otherwise contribute to their skills or to the curriculum of the school. Deadline for application is February 1, 2019.

Applications are available through the schools, Northeast Harbor Library, and the Maine Community Foundation. For more information, visit or call, toll-free, 1-877-700-6800. Preference is given to applicants who have not received an award within the past 12 months.

Mini-grants of up to $500 are also available to address a need not discovered by a teacher until after the school year begins. These awards are not a substitute for normal operational funding, but are meant to supplement and enrich the educational process. Only staff from the elementary school and the library can request mini-grants, which are considered on a monthly basis. Applicants should submit a one-page letter by the 15th of the month explaining the project. Awards will generally be made within 30 days of receipt of the proposal.

The Astor Incentive Award program was established in 1984 to improve the quality, productivity, and effectiveness of education in the Town of Mount Desert.


Scholarship supports artistic, athletic passions

ELLSWORTH — The Maine Community Foundation announces $20,140 in awards from the Daniel Cardillo Charitable Fund, which supports young people pursuing their artistic, academic, athletic, and vocational or life’s passion outside of the traditional school environment.

The 14 students from across Maine will be attending a range of programs, from summer guitar camp at the Berklee College of Music in Boston to the West End House Girls Camp in Parsonsfield, Maine. Several awardees will be pursuing training in dance and winter sports.

Family, friends and admirers of Dan Cardillo, a compassionate young man with a love of life and its possibilities, established the fund in 1999. Cardillo was a junior Olympic skier, an avid fisherman, a serious student, and a gifted artist who attacked challenges with passion and encouraged others to do their personal best and reach for their goals.

The deadline for the next round of scholarships is May 1, 2019. Applications are available at


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