Congratulations to our 2018 Giving Program Grantees! Camp to Belong and Pathway to Potential each received the highest number of votes and will receive $4,000 each. Augusta Colonial Theater, Central ME Growth Council, Falmouth Food Pantry, and Yarmouth Fire Rescue Explorers Post 178 will each receive grants of $1,000 each. For local event sponsorships, please click here.

Augusta Colonial Theater:

The Augusta Colonial Theater in downtown Augusta, Maine will resume theater tours for the public beginning in June. To conduct tours, the nonprofit group intends to recruit volunteers and train them accordingly. Tours will also require the board of directors to create educational materials for the public and communications to market/promote the tours will be necessary to ensure the public is aware. Funds will be used for training, educational handouts, signage and banners, and marketing efforts.


Camp to Belong:

CTB Maine is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to reuniting brothers and sisters who have become separated by foster care/adoption through a week of camp in the summer and other events throughout the year. To run camp for one week in the summer for about 60 Maine youth and maintain the nonprofit year-round costs a little over $100,000 a year, which they get primarily through donations, fundraisers and grants.


Central ME Growth Council:

For two years, CMGC has collaborated with the Mid-Maine Technical Center (MMTC) to coordinate a robust pre-apprenticeship program that has connected over 150 students with local businesses. Now, CMGC is connecting STEM education with technology-based businesses through a series of initiatives. Funds will be allocated equally between the following areas:

  • operating expenses
  • attracting STEM-related businesses to the pre-apprenticeship program
  • highlighting high-school STEM classes and extracurriculars at Central Maine Tech Night
  • participating in STEM-related entrepreneurial events
  • showcasing the skills of STEM-involved high-school students through an expo

Falmouth Food Pantry:

The Falmouth Food Pantry, INC provides support to families in need in Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Portland, and Westbrook. The pantry also assists families in crisis through advocacy and personal support where possible. Each family can visit the Pantry twice a month or receive home delivery once a month as needed. The items provided for each family allow these families to set aside their funds for other essentials. Funds will be used to purchase more nutritious foods such as fresh produce, proteins, and root vegetables.


Pathway to Potential:

Pathway to Potential was founded by Olympian Julia Clukey with the unwavering belief that all students, regardless of income or background, deserve a quality education and career success. With that in mind, the organization runs several initiatives, including college consulting, summer camp for girls, leadership conferences, and living inspiration conferences. Funds will support Kennebec Valley youth at summer camps and college immersion programs.


Yarmouth Fire Rescue Explorers:

Yarmouth Fire Rescue Explorer Post 178 is a high school age coed youth organization that is learning about the fire service and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in their community. Experienced adult members train the youth members on firefighting techniques and the benefits of a strong volunteer fire rescue service in their community. The organization needs to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for youth members so they can safely respond to calls. They will not be allowed to go to car accidents or fight interior fires, but they will need helmets, boots, eye protection, gloves and turnout gear for support roles on the exterior of a building fire. Funds will be used to purchase the PPE.



About Summit’s Community Giving Program

Each year, we use this program to give back to the communities we serve by donating to nonprofit organizations that focus on wellness, economic, educational and cultural initiatives. Past awardees have included but aren’t limited to the Pine Tree Camp, Yarmouth Education Foundation, Waterville Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Children’s Center for Early Intervention and Family Support.

This year, we will be giving out two $4,000 grants and four $1,000 grants to local nonprofit organizations. The application process will open in mid-March. A committee of Summit employees will review the applications and narrow them down six finalists.

We will then allow the general public to vote on the finalist. Nonprofit organizations are allowed to encourage their members and supporters to go online and vote.

By increasing community involvement in our giving program, our hope is to raise awareness and engagement about the great work being done by nonprofits throughout this state.

Guiding Principles of Summit’s Community Sponsorship and Giving Program

Each year, we use this program to give back to the communities we serve by donating to nonprofit organizations that focus on wellness, economic, educational and cultural initiatives. Past awardees have included but aren’t limited to the Literacy Volunteers of Augusta, Yarmouth Education Foundation, and the Children’s Center for Early Intervention and Family Support.

This year we will be giving out two $4,000 grants and four $1,000 grants to local nonprofit organizations. The application process will open on March 14th and close on April 13th. A committee of Summit employees will review the applications and narrow them down six finalists.

We will then allow the general public to vote on the finalist. Nonprofit organizations are allowed to encourage their members and supporters to go online and vote.

By increasing community involvement in our giving program, our hope is to raise awareness and engagement about the great work being done by nonprofits throughout this state.

While Summit Natural Gas of Maine will accept all applications submitted; we strive to align our budgeted community dollars to areas of interest and key priorities. Applications that include (but not limited to) political affiliations, church affiliations, and most school fundraising (examples: yearbook, key club, etc.) will typically not be considered for funding.

Questions about our Charitable Giving Program? email communityaffairs@summitutilitiesinc.com.