County Profile


Located in south-central Maine, Kennebec County is the state’s forth-most populous county in the state. Kennebec County is home to the state capitol Augusta, University of Maine at Augusta, Thomas College and Colby College.


Kennebec County at a Glance:

  • 18% of children under 18 live in poverty.**
  • 27.2% of children in Kennebec County receive SNAP benefits, 45.8% of school-aged children are eligible for subsidized school meals.**
  • 22.8% of children are living with food insecurity.**
  • The infant mortality rate in Kennebec County is 8.4 per 1,000.**
  • 10 per every 1,000 children in Kennebec County are in DHHS custody.**
  • 50.1% of children in Kennebec County participate in MaineCare.**
  • 42.9% of people in Kennebec County are not currently in the workforce.*
  • 19.8% of the population is under the age of 18.*
  • 35.1% of the population achieved a high school degree; 29.4% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.*
  • The high school graduation rate for Kennebec County is 88.2%.**
*Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2012-2016
**Source: Maine Kids Count 

Grants Awarded in this Region

Date Organization Award Description Location
2021Augusta Food Bank$15,000To provide general operating support.Augusta, ME
2021Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church, Bridging the Gap$15,000To provide general operating support.Augusta, ME
2021Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter$10,000To provide general operating support.Waterville, ME
2021Neighbors Driving Neighbors$5,000To provide general operating support.Mt. Vernon, ME
2021New Beginnings$20,000To provide general operating support.Lewiston, ME
2021Rural Community Action Ministry$15,000To provide general operating support.Leeds, ME
2020Augusta Food Bank$15,000To provide general operating support.Augusta, ME
2020Kennebec Valley Community Action Program$40,000To support efforts to reduce family stress, isolation and child abuse through socially-distanced visits to at-risk families during the COVID-19 pandemic.Waterville, ME
2020MaineGeneral Medical Center$25,000To provide vulnerable patients in central Maine with emergency food bags, meal vouchers, transportation vouchers, and materials that share available community resources.Augusta, ME
2020MaineGeneral Medical Center$75,000To support in-home parent coaching using the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up Model.Augusta, ME
2020Restorative Justice Institute of Maine$50,000To pilot a diversion program for young adults ages 18-25 based on the restorative justice principles of community accountability and peer support.Portland, ME
2020Rural Community Action Ministry$15,000To provide general operating support.Leeds, ME
2019Amistad$15,000To provide general operating support.Portland, ME
2019Augusta Food Bank$20,000To support a backpack program, which provides nutritious food to food insecure children in the Augusta School System and at the Children's Center of Augusta.Augusta, ME
2019Kennebec Mental Health Association$25,000To support the Homes and Community-Based Treatment Program, which provides intensive, in-home, team-based therapy for children and their families who are experiencing difficulties beyond the scope of regular outpatient counseling.Waterville, ME
2019KVCC Foundation$95,000To support a dedicated Two-Generation Student Navigator, who will connect economically disadvantaged KVCC student parents to wraparound supports to ensure degree completion.Fairfield, ME
2019Maine Inside Out$65,000To both support the work of their Leadership Council, which develops the leadership and social capital of formerly incarcerated young people, and to support organizational efforts for financial management assistance.Portland, ME
2019Maine Inside Out$4,000To bring a performance of Maine Inside Out's play "EXPOSED" to the Statewide Juvenile Justice Task Force's meeting in Augusta in fall of 2019.Portland, ME
2019MaineGeneral Medical Center$130,000To support the provision of home-based parent coaching services through the modified Attachment and Biobehavorial Catch-up model to at-risk mothers in the Kennebec Valley Region.Augusta, ME
2019Northern Light Inland Hospital$25,000To support on-site food, food security resources, and transportation vouchers for primary care patients at Northern Light Inland Hospital who are screened and identified as in need of additional supports.Bangor, ME
2019Rural Community Action Ministry$15,000To provide general operating to support at-risk individuals living in rural areas of Androscoggin, Kennebec and Oxford counties via services for basic needs, homelessness and hunger prevention.LEEDS, ME
2018Jobs for Maine's Graduates$300,000Two year grant to support the Expanded Opportunity Passport program -- a financial capacity building, education, and matched savings program expanded to non-foster care youth who face challenges or have little or no family support.Augusta, ME
2018Kennebec Valley Community Action Program$12,906To provide matching funds for KVCAP's Low Income Heating Assistance Program.Waterville, ME
2018Maine Inside Out$48,500To support Maine Inside Out's Leadership Council, which is a year-long effort to develop the leadership, professional experience and social capital of formerly incarcerated older youth.Portland, ME
2018Rural Community Action Ministry$15,000To provide general operating to support at-risk individuals living in rural areas of Androscoggin, Kennebec and Oxford counties via services for basic needs, homelessness and hunger prevention.Leeds, ME
2017Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area$15,000To provide support for hospice patients and their families.Waterville, ME
2017Kennebec Mental Health Association$25,000To provide support for the Homeless Youth Outreach Program, to ensure youth's basic needs are met, that they have access to mainstream resources, and that they achieve safe, stable housing.Waterville, ME
2016Amistad$15,000General operating support to address the needs of individuals with mental illness and other life challenges.Portland, ME
2016Augusta Food Bank$50,000To support service expansion in the Augusta area.Augusta, ME
2016Augusta Public Schools$9,586For community-based programming to address summer learning loss in Augusta.Augusta, ME
2016Kennebec Mental Health Association$25,000To provide support to youth in Central Maine who are experiencing homelessness.Waterville, ME
2016Kennebec Valley Community Action Program$15,000To provide transportation services to individuals and families affected by cancer.Waterville, ME
2016Muskie School of Public Service$50,000To support Maine LEAP, a coordinated delivery of two evidence based programs to improve education and career outcomes for youth in foster care.Portland, ME
2016Muskie School of Public Service$65,000To support an enhanced level of coordination and organization among all service providers who work with youth in foster care.Portland, ME
2016Rural Community Action Ministry$15,000To support programs aimed at alleviating hunger and homelessness for the most vulnerable residents in 13 central Maine towns.Leeds, ME
2015Amistad$25,000To address the needs of individuals with mental illness and other life challenges; develop peer services; and advocate for changes to the mental health system.Portland, ME
2015Augusta Food Bank$15,000To provide food to children and families and serve as a resource for families in crisis. Augusta, ME
2015Healthy Community Coalition$20,000To support programs that address food insecurity.Farmington, ME
2015Kennebec Valley Community Action Program$20,000To provide transportation services to individuals and families affected by cancer.Waterville, ME
2015Maine Farmland Trust$25,000To support programs that help address the needs of food insecure people in Maine.  Belfast, ME
2015MaineGeneral Medical Center$25,000To provide support for developing one point-of-entry for patients seeking a potential oncology referral.Augusta, ME
2014Augusta Food Bank$10,000To provide funding to purchase food items and lunch bags for low-income children in local schools during the weekend and over vacations.Augusta, ME
2014Catholic Charities Maine$15,000To provide funding to support program services and volunteers to isolated seniors so they can remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible.Portland, ME
2014Good Willl Home Association$65,000To provide funding for the College Step Up program, supporting youth aging out of foster care by providing year-round housing, academic coaching and life skills education while they attend Kennebec Valley Community College.Hinckley, ME
2014Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area$10,000To provide direct care and bereavement services for hospice patients with a cancer diagnosis.Waterville, ME
2014Kennebec Valley Community Action Program$14,000To help families enroll in the Harold Alfond College Challenge savings program, as well as to provide ongoing education and support to families.Waterville, ME
2014Maine Farmland Trust$15,000To provide funds for the Local Food for Seniors program.Belfast, ME
2014Rural Community Action Ministry$15,000To provide operating support for programs aimed at alleviating hunger and homelessness for the most vulnerable residents in thirteen central Maine towns.Leeds, ME
2013American Cancer Society$25,000To support two patient navigator programs at Maine Medical Center and Maine General.Framingham, MA
2013Boy Scouts of America$15,534To support the creation of four new scouting units in underserved subsidized Housing Authority neighborhoods.Raymond, ME
2013Catholic Charities Maine$25,000To provide support services and volunteers to isolated seniors so they can remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible.Portland, ME
2013Central Maine Area Agency on Aging$25,000To provide direct services to low income seniors and their family caregivers to help them remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible.Augusta, ME
2013Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area$15,000To improve quality of life for isolated senior citizens in rural communities who are in need of hospice and grief services.Waterville, ME
2013Kennebec Mental Health Association$20,000To support general operations of Kennebec Behavioral Health to serve low-income clients with mental illness.Waterville, ME
2013Kennebec Valley Community Action Program$75,830To provide support and technical assistance for Waterville’s Project 2020, a community-driven plan aimed at increasing third grade reading proficiency informed by the National Grade Level Reading Campaign model.Waterville, ME
2013Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency$12,500To pilot a multidisciplinary model that will improve the lives of older patients who suffer from Mild Cognitive Impairment and decrease patient isolation and caregiver burden.Augusta, ME
2013Maine Farmland Trust$25,000To continue a highly successful Community Farm Share program targeting low income seniors.Belfast, ME
2013Volunteers of America Northern New England$20,000To support the Options At Home Program to expand affordable personal care services for low to moderate income seniors in Southern, Mid-Coast, and Central Maine.Brunswick, ME
2012American Cancer Society$25,000To support the Patient Navigator and the Road to Recovery Programs for patients undergoing cancer treatments.Framingham, MA
2012Central Maine Area Agency on Aging$23,600To provide meals through the Meals on Wheels program to homebound adults and seniors in Somerset County.Augusta, ME
2012Consumers for Affordable Health Care$40,000To support the Consumer Assistance Program to help low-income adults and families find affordable health insurance coverage or health care services.Augusta, ME
2012Crisis and Counseling Center$100,000To support a demonstration project intended to reduce recidivism rates among individuals in the Kennebec County Correctional Facility.Augusta, ME
2012Family Violence Project$19,560To support the transportation needs of domestic violence clients seeking community services.Augusta, ME
2012Healthy Communities of the Capital Area$10,262To support outreach workers who provide services to families with substance abuse issues whose children are enrolled in either Head-Start programs or Home Visiting programs.Gardiner, ME
2012Jobs for Maine's Graduates$25,000To support a Pathway Specialist in the communities of Brewer, Windham, Portland and Bath to help high school students attain a high school diploma and identify plans for educational and employment opportunities after high school.Augusta, ME
2012Kennebec Mental Health Association$10,000To provide direct care to youths between the ages of 10 and 17 who are homeless, runaways or at risk of homelessness, to help them move toward stable living options and to reduce youth homelessness in central Maine.Waterville, ME
2012Kennebec Valley Community Action Program$5,000To provide support for the WorkReady program which is designed to assist unemployed individuals achieve employment.Waterville, ME
2012Kennebec Valley Dental Coalition$12,000To provide dental supplies to 3,500 patients serviced at the Community Dental Center.Waterville, ME
2012Legal Services for the Elderly$29,650To support free legal help for low-income seniors most at risk of foreclosure.Augusta, ME
2012Maine Development Foundation$100,000To support the Maine Employer's Initiative, which partners with employers and post-secondary institutions in Maine to reconnect incumbent workers who have some college experience but have not completed their degrees.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
2012University of Maine System - New Ventures Maine$50,000To support career planning and small business development for low-income women in order to realize economic self-sufficiency.Augusta, ME