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Fiscal Year 2023 Projects and Disclosures


1.     Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Innovation and Education Wing Project 

a.     Recipient: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences60 Bigelow DriveEast Boothbay, ME, 04544

b.     Amount Funded: $12,326,000

c.     Description: This funding will support the construction of a new Innovation and Education Wing at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The new Wing will house laboratory space for four additional Senior Research Scientists, increasing scientific productivity and understanding of the foundations of global ocean health. Further, this will allow expansion for two additional classrooms (20-person capacity each) and teaching laboratories (20-person capacity each) that will serve high school and undergraduate students across the state of Maine and around the world.




2.     Transition to Work Initiative

a.     Recipient: Boots2Roots428 Fore Street, 3rd FLPortland, ME 04101

b.     Amount Funded: $1,500,000

c.     Description: The funding would be used to expand ongoing efforts to connect Maine small businesses with military members and military spouses transitioning to living and working in Maine. The Transition to Work Initiative will bring together an expanded network of small businesses in Maine in need of workers, identify their unique needs and types of jobs available, and promote small business opportunities in Maine to transitioning military members and spouses looking to live and work in Maine. The Transition to Work Initiative will also increase its capacity to serve more transitioning military members and spouses each year.




3.     Women Lead: An Enterprise Institute

a.     Recipient: Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center24 Preble Street, 3rd & 4th FloorPortland, ME 04101

b.     Amount Funded: $619,000

c.     Description: The funding would be used to support the creation of Women Lead: an Enterprise Institute, a comprehensive entrepreneurial leadership training program for immigrant women and girls. Women Lead will prepare immigrant women and girls to pursue small business leadership and ownership through a variety of services, including business mentorships, educational programming, language services, and assistance with marketing and finance.




4.     Saco Water Resource Resiliency Project

a.     Recipient: City of Saco300 Main StreetSaco, ME, 04072

b.     Amount Funded: $3,425,978

c.     Description: The funding would be used to support the Headworks Phase of the Saco Water Resource Resiliency Project that will make the headworks resilient to the effects of sea-level rise, intensifying wet weather events, and climate change impacts. Saco’s existing headworks structure was built more than 50 years ago at low-lying elevation and has been flooded several times, most recently during an October 2021 storm. To address this and other indicated concerns, Saco plans to construct the new headworks at an elevation that accounts for additional sea-level rise. 




5.     Town of Limerick Drinking Water Project

a.     Recipient: Town of Limerick, 55 Washington StreetLimerick, ME, 04048

b.     Amount Funded: $1,000,000

c.     Description: The Limerick Water and Sewer District operates and maintains both the public water and sewer systems in Limerick. The current sewer mains were installed in 1920 and households in the project area are at serious risk from drinking water contamination from the lead joints and sewage potentially leaking into the water lines. This project will replace the water and sewer mains in the Hollandville neighborhood in Limerick and restore access to clean drinking water for the residents.




6.     Alfond Youth & Community Center Wellness Wraparound Pilot Program

a.     Recipient: Alfond Youth & Community Center126 North StWaterville, ME 04901

b.     Amount Funded: $500,000

c.     Description: The funding would be used to support a Wellness Wraparound Pilot Program that would provide targeted support services to children and families in need. These services would include case management, on-site behavioral health services through a partnership with a community hospital, nutritional training, and unlimited access to wellness facilities and classes.




7.     Freedom Place at 66 State

a.     Recipient: Amistad, Inc.103 India StreetPortland, ME 04101

b.     Amount Funded: $535,000

c.     Description: This funding would be used to provide permanent, peer-supported, and recovery-focused housing for 38 women who previously exProperienced homelessness or incarceration, and who face challenges related to substance use disorder, mental health, and histories of trauma that include the experience of human trafficking and domestic violence.




8.     Knox Clinic Expansion

a.     Recipient: Mid-Coast Health Net Inc. dba Knox Clinic22 White StreetRockland, ME 04841

b.     Amount Funded: $2,105,000

c.     Description: This funding would be used to establish a Federally Qualified Health Center that would provide much-needed primary care, dental care, and mental health care to the citizens of midcoast Maine. Funding would support renovations of an existing space and construction of new medical and dental offices.




9.     Maine Clean Energy Partnership Workforce Initiative

a.     Recipient:  State of Maine, Governor’s Energy Office62 State House StationAugusta, ME 04333

b.     Amount Funded: $2,750,000

c.     Description: The Maine Governor’s Energy Office has established a Clean Energy Partnership that convenes public and private sector entities to advise on workforce and innovation strategy in the weatherization and building performance, electrician, and HVAC industries. The funding would be used to support the Maine Clean Energy Partnership Workforce Initiative, which develops programming for workforce and training opportunities and provides direct training services to workers and potential workers in the clean energy sector.




10.  Northern Light Mercy Hospital English Language Acquisition Program

a.     Recipient: Mercy Hospital dba Northern Light Mercy Hospital175 Fore River ParkwayPortland, ME 04102

b.     Amount Funded: $1,000,000

c.     Description: This funding would be used to substantially increase access to English language acquisition services in greater Portland, with the goal of supporting participants in advancing in health care or related career pathways.




11.  Apex Youth Connection’s Future Focus Job Readiness Center

a.     Recipient: Apex Youth Connection75 Granite StreetBiddeford, ME 04005

b.     Amount Funded: $750,000

c.     Description: This funding would be used to acquire and start construction on the Apex Future Focus Job Readiness Center. This center will target the community’s most at-risk youth and young adults to teach job readiness and life skills.




12.  Central Lincoln County YMCA Child Care Center

a.     Recipient: Central Lincoln County YMCA, 525 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543

b.     Amount Funded: $1,000,000

c.     Description: This funding would be used to build a new childcare center at the Central Lincoln County YMCA’s main location to expand services and better meet the demand in the community. 




13.  Maine Irish Heritage Center - Restore the Building Envelope

a.     Recipient: Maine Irish Heritage CenterP.O. Box 7588Portland, Maine

b.     Amount Funded: $3,000,000

c.     Description: This funding would be used to restore, prevent further deterioration, and weatherize their building so it can continue to operate as a community space for cultural education.




14.  Preble Street Food Security Hub

a.     Recipient: Preble Street55 Portland StreetPortland, Maine

b.     Amount Funded: $1,000,000

c.     Description: The funding would be used to support a Food Security Hub that would provide assistance to those facing hunger and homelessness. This Food Security Hub would act as an industrial kitchen, food processing center, educational site, office space, and conference center dedicated to collective advocacy work and efforts to address hunger.




15.  Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library

a.     Recipient: Sanford Library Association, Inc dba Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library952 Main StreetSanford, Maine

b.     Amount Funded: $3,000,000

c.     Description:  The funding would be used to renovate and expand the library’s existing space. A community room, study rooms, and office space for volunteers would be added to provide a crossroads of access to the town’s many resources. Additionally, funds would be used to update the existing technology currently used by the library.





Fiscal Year 2023 Community Project Funding Process

Each year, the United States Congress considers and enacts annual appropriations bills that provide the federal government with the funding it needs to operate. In FY2023, Members of Congress can again submit Community Project Funding requests as a part of this process.

Rep. Pingree’s guide to Community Project Funding is available here. This guide covers initial eligibility requirements, frequently asked questions, and eligible accounts. If you have questions or would like to discuss your project idea further, please contact

The deadline to submit a Fiscal Year 2023 Community Project Funding request to Rep. Pingree’s office was Wednesday, April 13, 2022.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

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