County Profile

Somerset

Somerset County is the 3rd largest county in the State of Maine, with the 9th largest population. Located in the north-central part of the state and sharing a border with Canada, 96% of the county is covered by forest.

Somerset

Somerset County at a Glance:

  • 29.5% of children under 18 live in poverty.**
  • 37.1% of children in Somerset County receive SNAP benefits, 69.5% of school-aged children are eligible for subsidized school meals.**
  • 26.2% of children are living with food insecurity.**
  • The infant mortality rate in Somerset County is 7.8 per 1,000.**
  • 6.3 per every 1,000 children in Somerset County are in DHHS custody.**
  • 9.6% of children in Somerset County participate in MaineCare.**
  • 47.5% of people in Somerset County are not currently in the workforce.*
  • 20% of the population is under the age of 18.*
  • 41.8% of the population achieved a high school degree; 8% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.*
  • The high school graduation rate for Somerset County is 87.8%.**
*Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2012-2016
**Source: Maine Kids Count 

Grants Awarded in this Region

DateOrganizationAwardDescriptionLocation
2018Educate Maine$100,000To support the fourth year of Elevate Somerset's effort to replicate Educare Central Maine's birth-to-kindergarten multi-generational model.Portland, ME
2018Kennebec Valley Community Action Program$12,906To provide matching funds for KVCAP's Low Income Heating Assistance Program.Waterville, ME
2018MSAD 54$14,850To support a community collaborative in developing a two-year action plan to improve youth outcomes in the Skowhegan region.Skowhegan, 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
2017Pine Tree Hospice$10,000For general operating support.Dover-Foxcroft, 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
2016Pine Tree Hospice$15,000To assist clients and families experiencing end-of-life challenges and bereavement.Dover-Foxcroft, ME
2015Educate Maine$147,000To act as the fiscal sponsor for the Maine Early Learning Investment Group early care and education pilot in Somerset County.Portland, ME
2015Kennebec Valley Community Action Program$20,000To provide transportation services to individuals and families affected by cancer.Waterville, ME
2015MaineGeneral Medical Center$25,000To provide support for developing one point-of-entry for patients seeking a potential oncology referral.Augusta, ME
2015Pine Tree Hospice$15,000To provide operating support to assist clients and families experiencing end-of-life challenges and bereavement.Dover-Foxcroft, ME
2014East Parish Housing Ministry$5,000To provide support for general improvements to homes with substandard conditions.Starks, ME
2014Pine Tree Hospice$15,000To provide operating support to assist clients and families experiencing the challenges and needs that accompany end of life and bereavement.Dover-Foxcroft, 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
2013Coastal Enterprises, Inc.$600,000A three year grant to develop the organizational infrastructure required to best deploy capital to vulnerable populations in Lewiston, Portland, Machias, and Skowhegan.Brunswick, ME
2013Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County$5,000To research and install an efficient, consistent, measurable training course for volunteers throughout the county.Skowhegan, 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
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
2013Pine Tree Hospice$14,250To provide general operating support to continue their mission of assisting clients and families experiencing the challenges accompanying end of life and bereavement.Dover-Foxcroft, 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
2012East Parish Housing Ministry$5,000To support general improvements to homes with substandard conditions.Starks, ME