County Profile

Franklin

Franklin County, located in west central Maine, is the state’s second-least populous county. Home to the University of Maine at Farmington, the county is known as the home of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Franklin

Franklin County at a Glance:

  • The estimated poverty rate in Franklin County is 14.1%.*
  • Nearly 21.4% of children under 18 live in poverty.**
  • 28% of children in Franklin County receive SNAP benefits, 49.9% of school-aged children are eligible for subsidized school meals.**
  • 24.2% of children are living with food insecurity.**
  • The infant mortality rate in Franklin County is 6.9 per 1,000.**
  • 6.6 per every 1,000 children in Franklin County are in DHHS custody.**
  • 50.9% of children in Franklin County participate in MaineCare.**
  • 43.5% of people in Franklin County are not currently in the workforce.*
  • 18.3% of the population is under the age of 18.*
  • 36.9% of the population achieved a high school degree; 7.5% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.*
  • The high school graduation rate for Franklin County is 90.9%.**
*Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2012-2016
**Source: Maine Kids Count 

Grants Awarded in this Region

Date Organization Award Description Location
2022Ascentria Community Services$15,000To provide individuals with a mental health diagnosis who are served by Ascentria Community Mental Health Services in Maine, with financial assistance to meet their immediate basic needs - to include rental assistance, transportation, and help with groceries or utilities.Worcester, ME
2022New Beginnings$15,000To provide general operating support.Lewiston, ME
2022Rangeley Health and Wellness$20,000To support the Helping Elders Live in Place (HELP) program, which offers older Mainers quality supports and services that address their immediate basic needs.Rangeley, ME
2022SeniorsPlus$20,000To support the Meals on Wheels program in Western Maine, fighting hunger and social isolation and providing a match for federal funding for the program.Lewiston, ME
2022Western Maine Community Action$20,000To support direct client funding for home repairs that will allow older adults in Franklin County to age in place in homes that are warm, safe and fuel efficient.East Wilton, ME
2021MaineHealth, Healthy Community Coalition$20,000To provide emergency food bags to low-income, food-insecure residents in Franklin County through visits to medical practices, a mobile health unit, and two community programming sites.Farmington, ME
2021New Beginnings$20,000To provide general operating support.Lewiston, ME
2021Rangeley Health and Wellness$25,000To increase access to youth and adolescent mental health, wellness, and community supports during the COVID-19 pandemic.Rangeley, ME
2021Rural Community Action Ministry$15,000To provide general operating support.Leeds, ME
2021Safe Voices$15,000To provide general operating support.Auburn, ME
2021The Progress Center$15,000To support community meals and food distribution programs serving low-income people, including home-delivery to recently discharged hospital patients at risk for malnutrition.Oxford, ME
2021Western Maine Transportation Services$15,000To provide general operating support.Auburn, ME
2020MaineHealth - Healthy Community Coalition$25,000To provide emergency food bags to low-income, food-insecure residents in Franklin County through visits to medical practices, a mobile health unit, and two community programming sites.Farmington, ME
2020The Progress Center$15,000To provide general operating support.Oxford, ME
2019Healthy Community Coalition$25,000To provide support for free mobile healthcare services offered to low-income, under-served residents living in Franklin County.Farmington, ME
2019The Progress Center$15,000To support community meals and food distribution programs serving low-income people, including home-delivery to recently discharged hospital patients at risk for malnutrition.Norway, ME
2018Healthy Community Coalition$15,000To provide support for free mobile healthcare services offered to low-income, under-served residents living in Franklin County.Farmington, ME
2018Maine Community Action Association$160,000Two year grant to support Maine seniors' ability to age-in-place through home repairs, weatherization services, and home modifications based on mobility issues.East Wilton, ME
2018The Progress Center$25,000To support a community kitchen program distributing healthy food to low-income people in Oxford County, including home-delivered meals to recently discharged hospital patients at risk for malnutrition.Norway, ME
2017Healthy Community Coalition$25,000To provide funding for their Mobile Health Unit to care for low-income, under-served residents living in Franklin County.Farmington, ME
2016Community Concepts$224,000To support data analysis, the ability to conduct a strategic analysis of its housing capacity, and greater efficiency in transportation scheduling.Lewiston, ME
2016Maine Community Action Association$160,000A two year grant for repairs to homes of senior Maine residents.E. Wilton, ME
2016Mount Blue Regional School District$10,000To provide school-based summer learning programming to address summer learning loss in Farmington.Farmington, ME
2016Safe Voices$15,000To support direct services such as emergency housing to men and women fleeing domestic violence situations.Auburn, ME
2016Sexual Assault Crisis Center$25,000To provide mental health services to children who have been sexually abused in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties.Auburn, ME
2015Healthy Community Coalition$20,000To support programs that address food insecurity.Farmington, ME
2015MaineGeneral Medical Center$25,000To provide support for developing one point-of-entry for patients seeking a potential oncology referral.Augusta, ME
2015SeniorsPlus$25,000To provide funding for Meals on Wheels for older adults in Androscoggin County. Lewiston, ME
2014Androscoggin Home Health Services$20,000To provide low-income residents who do not have insurance for prescription drugs with needed medication.Lewiston, ME
2014Community Concepts$20,000To provide funding so seniors and veterans with a cancer diagnosis in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties can access life-enhancing treatment via Community Concepts' transportation program.Lewiston, ME
2014East Parish Housing Ministry$5,000To provide support for general improvements to homes with substandard conditions.Starks, ME
2014Healthy Community Coalition$15,000To provide funding for staff and programs that provide food, safety and other basic needs for Seniors and cancer patients in collaboration with area agencies.Farmington, ME
2014Safe Voices$15,000To provide general operating support to provide direct services such as emergency housing to men and women fleeing domestic violence situations.Auburn, ME
2014SeniorsPlus$20,000To provide Meals on Wheels to older adults.Lewiston, ME
2014Sexual Assault Crisis Center$15,000To provide operating support for victims of sexual violence across three counties in Maine.Auburn, ME
2014Western Maine Community Action$95,000Two year grant to support a federal match for the Keeping Seniors Home program and to develop a long-term sustainability plan.East Wilton, ME
2013Boy Scouts of America$15,534To support the creation of four new scouting units in underserved subsidized Housing Authority neighborhoods.Raymond, ME
2013Community Concepts$15,000To provide seniors transportation to and from medical appointments.Lewiston, ME
2013Healthy Community Coalition$20,000To develop a navigator pilot program to improve the lives of those living with cancer.Farmington, ME
2013Mount Blue Regional School District$50,000To support a summer learning program aimed at addressing potential summer learning loss in RSU 09.Farmington, ME
2013SeniorsPlus$25,000To provide Meals on Wheels to older adults currently on the wait list.Lewiston, ME
2013Western Maine Community Action$67,000To support the the Keeping Seniors Home Program, which helps Maine seniors age in place.East Wilton, ME
2012Healthy Community Coalition$15,000To support the Mobile Health Unit Program, a nurse's station on wheels providing access to health care services and screenings in communities in Franklin County.Farmington, ME
2012Maine After School Network$100,000To support Expanded Learning Opportunities through the Maine Afterschool Network and provide a match for a Mott Foundation grant.Augusta, ME
2012New Beginnings$25,000To provide support for housing and other services for disadvantaged and disconnected youth in Androscoggin, Franklin, Cumberland, York, and Kennebec counties.Lewiston, ME
2012Western Maine Community Action$56,000To support the weatherization of homes occupied by low income individuals and families through the Energy Leak Reduction Program.East Wilton, ME