County Profile


Located in the central-east part of the state, Waldo County is home to Unity College. The county’s economy is based on agriculture, lumbering, fishing and tourism.


Waldo County at a Glance:

  • 21.3% of children under 18 live in poverty.**
  • 30.2% of children in Waldo County receive SNAP benefits, 61.8% of school-aged children are eligible for subsidized school meals.**
  • 26.2% of children are living with food insecurity.**
  • The infant mortality rate in Waldo County is 8.7 per 1,000.**
  • 8.5 per every 1,000 children in Waldo County are in DHHS custody.**
  • 54% of children in Waldo County participate in MaineCare.**
  • 43.2% of people in Waldo County are not currently in the workforce.*
  • 19.5% of the population is under the age of 18.*
  • 34.1% of the population achieved a high school degree; 11.2% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.*
  • The high school graduation rate for Waldo County is 86.7%.**
*Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2012-2016
**Source: Maine Kids Count 

Grants Awarded in this Region

2018Belfast Public Health Nursing Association$22,500To provide direct outreach, medical care and support to low-income and at-risk children and adults in Waldo County who require assistance in meeting their basic needs of shelter, food, medical care, and safety.Belfast, 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
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
2018Waldo Community Action Partners$20,000To provide support for emergency home repairs for low-income families in Waldo County in order to prevent homelessness.Belfast, 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
2017Unity Barn Raisers$12,000To provide meals for low-income families in Waldo County.Unity, 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
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
2015Jackson Food Pantry$5,000To provide food to low-income children, families and seniors in Waldo County.Jackson, ME
2015Knox County Homeless Coalition$25,000To support mental health programs serving homeless clients in Knox County.Rockland, ME
2015Maine Farmland Trust$25,000To support programs that help address the needs of food insecure people in Maine.  Belfast, ME
2014Maine Farmland Trust$15,000To provide funds for the Local Food for Seniors program.Belfast, ME
2014Volunteers of America Northern New England$20,000To provide funding support and staffing for mental health counseling to incarcerated men.Brunswick, ME
2013Cancer Support Center of Maine$5,000To provide gas cards for cancer patients traveling to and from medical appointments.Bucksport, 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
2013Maine Farmland Trust$25,000To continue a highly successful Community Farm Share program targeting low income seniors.Belfast, 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 Bay YMCA$15,000To expand existing programs for seniors to include fitness classes, transportation and social opportunities.Rockport, 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
2012Beacon Project$5,600To fund transportation costs for elderly residents to medical appointments on the mainland.Islesboro, ME
2012Maine Farmland Trust$50,000To provide access to local farm products through free farm shares in Waldo and Kennebec counties to low-income people facing food insecurity .Belfast, ME
2012Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast$25,000To support the Court Diversion program for juvenile/young adult offenders.Belfast, ME
2012Unity Barn Raisers$11,000To provide high nutritional value meals to low-income families in Waldo County.Unity, ME
2012Waldo Community Action Partners$12,500To support early education services for children and adults from low-income and underserved households.Belfast, ME