County Profile


Home to Acadia National Park, Hancock county has the longest coastline of any Maine county. Commercial fishing and tourism are the county’s most important industries. Hancock county is home to Jackson Laboratory, noted for cancer research, the Maine Maritime Academy and the College of the Atlantic.


Hancock County at a Glance:

  • The estimated poverty rate in Hancock County is 21.1%.*
  • Nearly 16.2% of children under 18 live in poverty.**
  • 21.3% of children in Hancock County receive SNAP benefits, 43.1% of school-aged children are eligible for subsidized school meals.**
  • 25% of children are living with food insecurity.**
  • The infant mortality rate in Hancock County is 6.4 per 1,000.**
  • 5.8 per every 1,000 children in Hancock County are in DHHS custody.**
  • 46.2% of children in Hancock County participate in MaineCare.**
  • 42.5% of people in Hancock County are not currently in the workforce.*
  • 17.6% of the population is under the age of 18.*
  • 33.2% of the population achieved a high school degree; 17.9% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.*
  • The high school graduation rate for Hancock County is 84.4%.**
*Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2012-2016
**Source: Maine Kids Count 

Grants Awarded in this Region

Date Organization Award Description Location
2020H.O.M.E. Inc.$10,000To provide general operating support.ORLAND, ME
2020Healthy Acadia$25,000To support the Downeast Gleaning Initiative, which harvests surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributes it to food pantries and other food security organizations across Hancock and Washington counties.Ellsworth, ME
2020Maine Seacoast Mission$25,000To provide families impacted by COVID-19 in Washington and eastern Hancock counties with expanded food offerings and connections to community basic needs resources.Bar Harbor, ME
2019H.O.M.E. Inc.$15,000To provide general operating support.Orland, ME
2019Hand in Hand, Mano en Mano$15,000To provide immigrants and migrant workers with high-quality supports and referrals to meet their basic needs. Milbridge, ME
2019Healthy Acadia$20,000To support the Downeast Gleaning Initiative, which harvests surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributes it to food pantries and other food security organizations across Hancock and Washington counties.Ellsworth, ME
2019Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center$15,000To provide mental health counseling to low income Mainers residing in northern and eastern Maine.BANGOR, ME
2019Next Step Domestic Violence Project$20,000To remove barriers to housing stability experienced by victims of abuse and their children through rent subsidies, one-time investments in immediate needs, and specialized housing advocacy.ELLSWORTH, ME
2018First Congregational Church of Blue Hill$10,000To provide support for the Dolly Fisher Fund, an emergency food and fuel assistance program for families on the Blue Hill peninsula in Hancock County.Blue Hill, ME
2018Goodwill Industries of Northern New England$20,000To provide support for the Job Connection Bangor program, providing wrap-around workforce development services to low-income adults with multiple barriers to successful employment such as food scarcity, unstable housing, and transportation issues.Portland, ME
2018H.O.M.E. Inc.$15,000To provide support for general operations to provide food, shelter and employment opportunities for men, women and children in Hancock County.Orland, ME
2018Healthy Acadia$25,000To expand the amount of local, healthy food available to low-income households in Hancock and Washington counties.Ellsworth, ME
2018Maine Seacoast Mission$20,950To support the Mission’s ongoing work with the Data Innovation Project to incorporate better data collection and analysis into its programs and activities for more informed decision making.Bar Harbor, ME
2018Sunrise Opportunities$100,000To support their role as an organizational partner for Family Futures Downeast, a two-generational program that combines post-secondary and career programming for Washington County parents with early childhood education for their children.Machias, ME
2017Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic$7,000For general operating support.Ellsworth, ME
2017H.O.M.E.$15,000For general operating support.Orland, ME
2017Hand in Hand Mano en Mano$20,000To provide immigrants and migrant workers with high-quality supports and referrals to meet their basic needs. Milbridge, ME
2017Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County$10,000For general operating support.Ellsworth, ME
2016Child and Family Opportunities$15,000For the Early Education Access Fund helping parents who need childcare, and who are ineligible for other assistance or are unable to pay full fees due to changes in employment, changes in family health and well-being, or unexpected situations.Ellsworth, ME
2016Hand in Hand Mano en Mano$15,000To provide support for a drop-in resource center, home-based services, case management, referrals and transportation services for immigrants and farmworkers in Milbridge and surrounding townsMilbridge, ME
2016Island Institute$300,000A three year grant to provide business support services to small businesses in rural coastal areas and islands in Maine.Rockland, ME
2016Maine Seacoast Mission$15,000To support the Weald Bethel Food Pantry, which serves low-income residents within a 700 mile radius of Washington County.Bar Harbor, ME
2015Eastern Area Agency on Aging$20,000To support the Pantry Partners program, which serves low-income clients through emergency and supplemental food boxes and transportation of food from food pantries to seniors' homes.Bangor, ME
2015Food AND Medicine, Jobs with Justice Education Fund$15,000To provide funding to deliver healthy, locally grown food to SNAP users, including families in crisis, laid-off workers, seniors, and people with disabilities who need homecare.Brewer, ME
2015Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County$15,000To support patient care, caregiver support, and bereavement services for residents of Hancock County.Ellsworth, ME
2015Maine Coast Memorial Hospital$25,000To provide increased access to mental health services for uninsured and underinsured residents in western Washington and Hancock counties.Ellsworth, ME
2015Washington Hancock Community Agency$61,000To support the At Home Downeast program.Ellsworth, ME
2014Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center$15,000To provide operating support toward staffing so they may continue providing direct services to people affected by cancer in Hancock and Washington Counties.Ellsworth, ME
2014Child and Family Opportunities$15,000To provide operating support for high quality early care and education programs in nine centers in Washington and Hancock counties.Ellsworth, ME
2014Community Health and Counseling Services$17,150To provide funding for support groups for resource families raising children whose parent(s) cannot.Bangor, ME
2014Deer Isle Sunset Congregational Church$2,500To provide support for the Island Heating Assistance Program providing emergency fuel assistance for low-income Deer Isle residents.Deer Isle, ME
2014Friends in Action$15,000To provide operating support for transportation and food security programs.Ellsworth, ME
2014Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County$15,000To provide operating support for patient care, caregiver support and bereavement services for residents of Hancock County.Ellsworth, ME
2014Maine Seacoast Mission$20,000To provide support for individuals and families who struggle to have adequate food, shelter and clothing.Bar Harbor, ME
2013Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center$15,000To provide operating support to sustain the Program and Volunteer Coordinator position.Ellsworth, ME
2013Cancer Support Center of Maine$5,000To provide gas cards for cancer patients traveling to and from medical appointments.Bucksport, ME
2013Child and Family Opportunities$87,650To support ongoing professional development for early childhood providers and elementary teachers through a coaching and mentoring model that is informed by a “best practice” assessment tool.Ellsworth, ME
2013Community Health and Counseling Services$24,250To provide remote patient monitoring for individuals age 60+ living with chronic diseases such as diabetes or congestive heart failure.Bangor, ME
2013Eastern Area Agency on Aging$100,000To support the expansion of the EZ Fix program, a year round home repair and independent living program for low-income Maine senior citizens and adults with disabilities.Bangor, ME
2013Friends in Action$10,000To provide free transportation and nutritious food to seniors through volunteer programs.Ellsworth, ME
2013Island Connections$10,000To provide free transportation and other services to elderly and disabled residents to help them live independently.Bar Harbor, ME
2013Maine Seacoast Mission$25,000To support elders who wish to age in place in their homes and communities to do so successfully.Bar Harbor, ME
2013Penobscot Community Health Care$25,000To increase provision of home-based primary care to seniors with chronic conditions, allowing them to age in place and maintain their health.Bangor, ME
2013Washington Hancock Community Agency$25,000To support seniors aging in place through Friendship Cottage Adult Day Service and the At Home Downeast Program.Ellsworth, ME
2012Child and Family Opportunities$48,516To increase access to early care and education services in Washington County.Ellsworth, ME
2012Downeast Health Services$25,000To support dental services for uninsured individuals and maintain unlimited access for individuals insured by Medicaid through the Maine Coast Community Dental clinic.Ellsworth, ME
2012Food for Maine's Future$12,000To support the Food For Maine's Future program that provides fresh food to migrant farmworkers.Sedgwick, ME
2012H.O.M.E. Inc.$10,000To support food, shelter, and employment opportunities for men, women, and children in Hancock County.Orland, ME
2012Healthy Acadia$20,000To provide Community Supported Agriculture shares to low-income households in Hancock County during the 2013 growing season.Ellsworth, ME
2012Island Nursing Home$10,000To support the transportation needs of elderly residents.Deer Isle, ME
2012Maine Seacoast Mission$50,000To support programs meeting the needs of at-risk populations in Hancock County.Bar Harbor, ME
2012Washington Hancock Community Agency$20,000To provide operating support for programs serving low-income clients.Ellsworth, ME