County Profile


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 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
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