County Profile

Knox

Home to destinations like Camden and Rockport, Knox County the tenth largest county in Maine, population-wise. Knox relies on its tourism industry as well as its fishing industry. Knox County is home to the Camden International Film Festival.

Knox

Knox County at a Glance:

  • Nearly 18% of children under 18 live in poverty.**
  • 23.9% of children in Knox County receive SNAP benefits, 44.9% of school-aged children are eligible for subsidized school meals.**
  • 21.8% of children are living with food insecurity.**
  • The infant mortality rate in Knox County is 5.3 per 1,000.**
  • 4.7 per every 1,000 children in Knox County are in DHHS custody.**
  • 49.9% of children in Knox County participate in MaineCare.**
  • 41.9% of people in Knox County are not currently in the workforce.*
  • 18.5% of the population is under the age of 18.*
  • 34.9% of the population achieved a high school degree; 12.1% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.*
  • The high school graduation rate for Knox County is 89.7%.**
*Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2012-2016
**Source: Maine Kids Count 

Grants Awarded in this Region

DateOrganizationAwardDescriptionLocation
2018Area Interfaith Outreach$15,000To provide food for the Weekend Backpack Program, feeding economically disadvantaged kids in schools across Knox County.Rockland, ME
2018Knox County Homeless Coalition$15,000To provide support for general operations to serve homeless clients in Knox, Lincoln and parts of Waldo County.Rockland, 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
2018MCH, Inc.$15,000To provide nutritious meals and support services to low-income seniors and disabled adults in Knox County.Rockland, ME
2018Penquis$25,000To provide emergency home repair services to low-income families in Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Knox counties whose homes have been determined to pose an "imminent threat to health or safety" to prevent homelessness, illness, and injury.Bangor, ME
2017Area Interfaith Outreach$15,000For general operating support.Rockland, ME
2017Knox County Homeless Coalition$25,000To provide support for mental health programs serving homeless clients in Knox, Lincoln and parts of Waldo County.Rockland, ME
2017Penobscot Bay Medical Center$25,000To provide support for the Oncology Patient Assistance Fund, which provides financially distressed cancer patients battling with support for urgent basic need expenses.Rockland, ME
2016Area Interfaith Outreach$20,000To provide food and emergency aid to economically distressed people of Knox County.Rockland, 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
2016Knox County Homeless Coalition$25,000To provide support for mental health programs serving homeless clients in Knox County.Rockland, ME
2016Mid-Coast Health Net$20,000To increase the number of patients receiving mental health counseling.Rockland, ME
2016Penquis$15,000To provide transportation assistance for individuals who do not have or cannot afford transportation to cancer treatment or support.Bangor, ME
2016Rockland District Nursing Association$21,000To provide affordable in-home and community health nursing services to low- to moderate- income seniorsRockland, ME
2015Area Interfaith Outreach$15,000To provide food and emergency aid to economically distressed people of Knox County.Rockland, ME
2015Knox County Homeless Coalition$25,000To support mental health programs serving homeless clients in Knox County.Rockland, ME
2015MCH, Inc.$25,000To provide funding for the Meals on Wheels program in Knox County, and to provide food for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities who live in the Methodist Conference Home.Rockland, ME
2015Penquis$25,000To provide funding for transportation assistance for cancer patients who do not have or cannot afford transportation.Bangor, ME
2015Penquis$25,000For the Good Neighbor Fund, which is specifically targeted to Maine communities with unexpected heating needs due to recent mill closings.Bangor, ME
2014Mid-Coast Health Net$10,000To provide funding to increase the number of patients receiving mental health counseling.Rockland, ME
2014Vinalhaven Eldercare Services$15,000To provide general operating funds to help seniors living on the island of Vinalhaven age in place.Vinalhaven, 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
2013Many Flags$150,000To support capacity building toward their long-term mission of increasing and improving the pathways of education and employment for children, youth and adults in Knox County; and to leverage federal funding through a Promise Neighborhood planning grant.Rockland, ME
2013MCH, Inc.$25,000To strengthen and extend “aging in place” support services for seniors and individuals with disabilities in two low-income MCH apartment buildings.Rockland, ME
2013Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation$35,000To support the construction of a seven-bed Hospice House in Rockland on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus.Rockland, ME
2013Penobscot Bay YMCA$15,000To expand existing programs for seniors to include fitness classes, transportation and social opportunities.Rockport, ME
2013Rockland District Nursing Association$15,000To provide affordable, non-acute, professional in-home and community health nursing services to predominantly low to moderate income seniors.Rockland, ME
2012Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine$10,000To provide support for programs and services including after-school academic assistance and mentoring for young people ages 5-18, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances.Rockland, ME
2012Island Institute$7,500To provide weatherization for low-income homeowners and reduce current heating costs on Monhegan, Matinicus and Isle au Haut.Rockland, ME
2012Mid-Coast Health Net$20,000To support health care services including preventative care and mental health for those without health insurance.Rockland, ME
2012Penobscot Bay YMCA$15,000To support transportation and food for children and families in the Rockland area attending summer programs at the YMCA.Rockport, ME
2012Trekkers, Inc.$5,000To support an experiential mentoring program for at-risk youth.Thomaston, ME