PORTLAND & ELLSWORTH—The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has announced the awarding of a $1.2 million grant to the Maine Community Foundation to support replication of its “Grants to Green” program in Maine. The program will help nonprofits increase the energy efficiency of historic downtown buildings.
“One of the Maine Community Foundation’s strategic priorities is improving the quality of life and economic vitality of Maine’s downtown centers,” says Meredith Jones, president and CEO. “This grant will help nonprofits maximize the use of important downtown buildings and reduce energy costs, allowing them to redirect scarce resources to other operations and programming.”
The new program is a collaboration of the Maine Community Foundation, Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Downtown Center, and Efficiency Maine. Other organizations involved in the planning and serving on an on-going advisory committee include Maine Preservation, Maine Historic Preservation Commission, and Coastal Enterprises, Inc. The Maine Community Foundation is one of just two community foundations nationally chosen to replicate the program with support from the Kendeda Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.
Grants to Green provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits. The founding partners are The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (www.cfgreateratlanta.org), which provides expertise in grantmaking, and Southface Energy Institute (www.southface.org), which contributes expertise in energy efficiency.