Eleven small Maine nonprofits have received more than $50,000 in funding through Community Health Options’ Wellbeing Grants to support projects that promote physical and mental health across the State of Maine, the company announced today.
Grant recipients include Portland’s Side x Side program, Somerset County’s Main Street Skowhegan, the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth, the Kittery Land Trust, Inc., Bath’s Midcoast Youth Center, the Larry Labonte Recovery Center in Rumford, Carrabassett Valley’s Adaptive Outdoor Education Center, the Maine Coast Fisherman’s Association, Androscoggin Land Trust, Waldo County Bounty, and Inland Woods + Trails in Bethel (pictured here).
“We’re privileged to play a small part in these initiatives,“ said Kevin Lewis, president and CEO of Community Health Options. “From helping to buy Fat Tire bikes for an outdoor program to supporting cancer patients and addressing substance abuse disorder, it’s incredible to see the life-changing work Mainers do for their neighbors.”
Read more about this grant cycle in our press release.
The next CBE grant cycle will begin early in 2023. Grant information and applications will be available on the Health Options website under Community Giving.
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