The Downeast Wind Community Grant Program is now accepting applications for its Spring 2021 grant cycle.
The program provided more than $12,000 last year to support local organizations working to build healthy communities, increase environmental sustainability, foster economic development, and promote education, including support of the following organizations:
- Downeast Campus of Maine Seacoast Mission
- Women for Healthy Rural Living
- Downeast Equine and Large Animal Society
- Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
- Washington County Community College
- Project SHARE
- Coastal Washington County Institute of Technology
- Community Caring Collaborative
Grants are typically awarded in $250 to $4,000 increments, with priority given to proposals that demonstrate meaningful impacts to the greatest number of area residents. We will be accepting applications until May 14, 2021 on our website: www.downeastwindfarm.com/grant
The focus areas for the Downeast Wind Community Grant Program are as follows:
- Building Healthy Communities – Programs that support public health, good government, open communication, citizen resources, and/or enhance the quality of life in the community.
- Economic Development – Apex Clean Energy supports and encourages the entrepreneurial spirit. It is part of our mission to serve as a catalyst for economic opportunity and development within the communities where we operate.
- Environmental Sustainability – Programs that possess a strong link to environmental revitalization, sustainability, or education thereof, empower residents to be stewards of the environment, and/or encourage partnerships to address environmental concerns and sustainability.
- Promoting Education – Programs that support educational institutions, the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and training programs for careers in the wind industry. This may include curriculum development, literacy, school readiness, and other initiatives that help students grow into young leaders. Vocational training institutions that help build a skilled workforce are also included and encouraged to apply.
Local organizations working in the Town of Columbia and the broader Washington County community are encouraged to apply. If you have any questions about the grant program, please contact Brian O’Shea at [email protected] or by phone at (952) 393-2986.