Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Awards Over $100,000 in Grants to Local Organizations Across Northern New England

Published on : 3/12/2024

Bangor, ME: The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation reaffirms its commitment to communities across Northern New England by awarding more than $106,000 in grants to 23 nonprofit organizations. The funding will be used to support initiatives that improve community wellbeing, enhance transportation and housing accessibility, and bring awareness to healthcare services.
“These organizations offer solutions to critical causes in our communities. They help individuals overcome educational accessibility challenges, provide stable housing for those in need, offer transportation solutions, and ensure access to quality healthcare and employment opportunities,” said Mark Paluzzi, SVP, Director of New Hampshire Development and New Hampshire Wealth Market Leader, Bangor Savings Bank. “These grants awarded will further support this work, which aligns with The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s mission of creating more vibrant and livable communities.”
Among the recipients is the Friends of New Hampshire Drug Courts (FNHDC) in Concord, NH. A recipient of a $5,000 grant, FNHDC is the nation's first statewide drug court. Drug courts divert non-violent drug offenders into treatment and supervision instead of incarceration. The  FNHDC supports diversion programs and addresses program barriers like housing, transportation, health, and employment. This grant will help participants complete the program, secure services to maintain long-term recovery from substance use disorder, and realize their potential while helping families and building resilient communities.
Other grant recipients include:  
Lamoine Community Arts
Lamoine, Hancock County, ME
Lamoine Community Arts (LCA) is an all-volunteer community theater. Its mission is to enrich Lamoine and surrounding communities with performing and visual arts. With the grant, LCA will enhance accessibility by paving its parking surface, ensuring all audience members can enjoy their performances. 
Larry Labonte Recovery Center
Rumford, Oxford County, ME
The Larry Labonte Recovery Center provides a safe and supportive environment for individuals seeking resources for substance use disorder and mental health wellness. The center will use grant funds to continue offering vital services for individuals and families affected by substance use disorder and co-occurring disorder. These include facility maintenance, program materials, and technology infrastructure. 
The New School
Kennebunk, York County, ME
Founded in 2000, The New School is an independent high school offering a unique, student-driven learning experience. The grant will support the school's mission to provide a holistic education that empowers academic excellence and fosters social and environmental responsibility.
Additional Grant Recipients Include:
AccessDirect Recovery Network | $5,000
Biddeford, York County, Maine
Aspire Living & Learning | $5,000
Seacoast Region, Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Bath Police Department (Fiscal Agent: Town of Bath)| $4,000
Bath, Sagadahoc County, Maine
Brooks Community Park (Fiscal Agent: Town of Brooks) | $4,463.37
Brooks, Waldo County, Maine
Coastal Kids Preschool | $5,000
Damariscotta, Lincoln County, Maine
Ellsworth Public Library (Fiscal Agent: Town of Ellsworth) | $2,000
Ellsworth, Hancock County, Maine
Great Bay Rugby | $3,000
Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Growing to Give (Center for a Green Future) | $5,000
Brunswick, Cumberland County, Maine
LCYC-Community Sailing & Education Foundation | $5,000
Islesford, Hancock County, Maine
Maine Boys to Men | $5,000
Portland, Cumberland County, Maine
Maine Fishermen's Forum | $5,000
Rockport, Knox County, Maine
Maine Woodland Owners | $5,000
Augusta, Maine (Statewide)
Morningstar Home Heating Relief Fund | $5,000
Topsham, Sagadahoc County, Maine
Penobscot Bay Language School | $5,000
Rockland, Knox County, Maine
Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra | $5,000
Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire
The Carpenter's Boat Shop | $5,000
Pemaquid, Lincoln County, Maine
The Iris Network | $5,000
Portland, Cumberland County, Maine
Turner Public Library | $4,000
Turner, Androscoggin County, Maine
Winthrop Hot Meal Kitchen | $3,850
Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine

About Bangor Savings Bank:
Bangor Savings Bank, with over $7 billion in assets, offers retail banking, business and comprehensive commercial banking, payment and corporate services, HR and payroll technologies and merchant solutions. Wealth management, investment and financial planning services are offered through Bangor Wealth Management, a division of Bangor Savings Bank, and Bangor Wealth Management of New Hampshire, LLC, a New Hampshire trust company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Bangor Savings Bank. Investment information can be found at

Headquartered in Bangor, Maine, the Bank was founded in 1852 and is in its 172nd year, and currently has 69 branches in Maine and New Hampshire and business and/or loan production offices in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Bangor Savings Bank and The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation invested more than $3.5 million into the region through sponsorships, grants, and partnership initiatives last year. Bangor Savings Bank is an equal-opportunity employer. To learn more, please visit us at Neither Bangor Savings Bank nor its affiliates offer tax, accounting, or legal services. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender.

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Bangor Savings Bank