Town & Country is passionate about the community and wants to do its part to help our neighbors. That is why we created the Better Neighbor Fund in 2010. The Better Neighbor Fund is a program which makes grants available to local non-profit charitable organizations and community groups across Southern Maine to support initiatives and innovative ideas designed to improve and support the community. Grant recipients are nominated and selected by the public through an online voting process.
Town & Country's Better Neighbor Fund gives away a total of $25,000 to eight non-profits across Cumberland and York Counties each fall to support good works in the community. Since 2010, Town & Country has given away $150,000 to support 48 local initiatives through the Better Neighbor Fund.
This year, we have two grant categories. One for organizations with annual operating budgets less than $500,000 and the second for charitable organizations with annual operating budgets over $500,000.
2017 Important Dates
September 1-25 Nomination Period
October 2-31 Voting Period
November 16 Announcement of Winners
The response to the 2016 Better Neighbor Fund program was inspiring with over 11,000 finalist votes cast through Facebook, the most votes in Better Neighbor Fund history!
The winners of the 2016 Better Neighbor Fund grants for charitable organizations with operating budgets under $500,000 were:
$5,000 grant - Greater Portland Family Promise-purchase beds for homeless families and overnight volunteers
$5,000 grant - Team Kyle-host a pay-it-forward day of giving
$2,000 grant - The Locker Project-provide needy school age children with healthy snacks and food
$2,000 grant - A House for ME-provide financial support to help those with disabilities live independently
The winners of the 2016 Better Neighbor Fund grants for charitable organizations with operating budgets over $500,000 were:
$5,000 grant - Frannie Peabody Center-support the emergency food fund to help clients living with HIV/AIDS in Maine
$2,000 grant - Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland-support the pet food pantry
$2,000 grant - Youth and Family Outreach-support the scholarship fund to help low income, homeless and new American families find child care
$2,000 grant - Day One-add counseling space for Residence at Buxton to support teen girls coping with substance abuse