County Profile

Washington

Home to the easternmost part of the United States, Washington is the state’s third-least populous county. Major industries of Washington County include tourism, fishing and farming.

Washington

Washington County at a Glance:

  • 28.8% of children under 18 live in poverty.**
  • 37.5% of children in Washington County receive SNAP benefits, 63.2% of school-aged children are eligible for subsidized school meals.**
  • 27.2% of children are living with food insecurity.**
  • The infant mortality rate in Washington County is 5.9 per 1,000.**
  • 10.5 per every 1,000 children in Washington County are in DHHS custody.**
  • 68.3% of children in Washington County participate in MaineCare.**
  • 51.4% of people in Washington County are not currently in the workforce.*
  • 19% of the population is under the age of 18.*
  • 38.5% of the population achieved a high school degree; 6.4% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.*
  • The high school graduation rate for Washington County is 89.9%**
*Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2012-2016
**Source: Maine Kids Count 

Grants Awarded in this Region

DateOrganizationAwardDescriptionLocation
2018Axiom Education and Training Center$86,000To provide education and training to particpants of 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
2018Cooperative Development Institute$200,000Two year grant to provide business owners in Washington County with succession planning assistance, to provide workers with new skills that will improve profitability, and to sustain economic activity and access to goods and services in rural communities.Northampton, MA
2018Four Directions Development Corporation$15,000To provide support for general operations to provide access to safe, quality housing for members of the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot tribes, mostly located in Aroostook, Penobscot, and Washington counties.Orono, 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 County Economic Council$71,000To 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
2018Sunrise County Economic Council$50,000To support the continued evaluation of 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
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
2018We Care Community Baby Center$5,000To provide general operating support to two centers providing low-income families throughout Washington County with free diapers, clothing, and other household essentials.Machias, ME
2017Axiom Education and Training Center$120,000To provide support for Family Futures Downeast's Collaborative Project.Machias, ME
2017Down East Hospice Volunteers$10,000For general operating support.Calais, ME
2017Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic$7,000For general operating support.Ellsworth, 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
2017Maine Seacoast Mission$25,000To provide support for the Weald Bethel Food Pantry, which serves low-income residents within a 700-mile radius of Washington County.Bar Harbor, ME
2017Sunrise County Economic Council$100,000To support low-income families in Washington County through a two-generational approach to post-secondary education and early childhood education.Machias, ME
2017Sunrise County Economic Council$50,000To support an evaluation of the Family Futures Downeast initiative.Machias, ME
2017Sunrise Opportunities$100,000To provide general operating support for the Community Caring Collaborative.Machias, ME
2016Axiom Education and Training Center$150,000To support programming for post-secondary readiness activities for prospective participants in Family Futures Downeast, a two-generation program in Washington County.Machias, 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
2016Down East Hospice Volunteers$15,000To provide cost-free compassionate care for terminally ill cancer patients, their families and their caregivers.Calais, 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
2016Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry$15,000To provide for children, young parents and the elderly living in Washington County, the Passamaquoddy Indian Township and Pleasant Point with basic services such as food, fuel and transportation.Calais, ME
2016Sunrise County Economic Council$200,000For Family Futures Downeast, a two – generation education and workforce training opportunity for low – income parents in Washington County.Machias, ME
2015Down East Hospice Volunteers$15,000To provide cost-free compassionate care for terminally ill cancer patients, their families and their caregivers.Calais, 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
2015Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges$100,000To support Family Futures Downeast.South Portland, ME
2015Friends of Aroostook$15,000To provide funding to grow, maintain, harvest, and deliver fresh produce to Area Agencies on Aging sites in Aroostook, Washington, Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties.Houlton, 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
2015Maine Seacoast Mission$25,000To support the Weald Bethel Food Pantry, which serves low-income residents within a 700 mile radius of Washington County.Bar Harbor, ME
2015Sunrise Opportunities$390,000Two year grant to help Community Caring Collaborative maintain the necessary infrastructure to continue to support children and families in Washington County.Machias, ME
2015Washington Hancock Community Agency$61,000To support the At Home Downeast program.Ellsworth, ME
2014Axiom Education and Training Center$410,000Two year grant to pilot a new strategy for coordinating small business development and Adult Education in the Greater Machias region.Machias, 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
2014Down East Hospice Volunteers$10,000To provide general operating support to continue providing cost-free compassionate support for terminally ill cancer patients, their families, and their caregivers.Calais, ME
2014Hand 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
2014Maine Seacoast Mission$20,000To provide support for individuals and families who struggle to have adequate food, shelter and clothing.Bar Harbor, ME
2014Sunrise Opportunities$10,000To provide short term or one time financial support to meet critical needs of low-income families.Machias, ME
2014Women Unlimited$350,000Two year grant to provide skills training, job connections and work supports to low-income individuals in Bangor, Machias and Lewiston and align that training with the workforce needs of local industries.Augusta, 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
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
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
2013Down East Hospice Volunteers$10,000To provide hospice and bereavement services to cancer patients and those in need of end of life supportive, compassionate care.Calais, 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
2012Down East Hospice Volunteers$10,000To provide for the unmet needs of Washington County individuals who are terminally ill and want to spend their final days at home.Calais, ME
2012Hand in Hand, Mano en Mano$25,000To provide assistance to migrant workers in accessing health care, job training, housing, and education services in Washington County.Milbridge, ME
2012Lubec Youth Collaborative$15,000To support the Fall and Spring 2012-2013 sessions of the After School Program.Lubec, ME
2012Sunrise County Economic Council$300,000A two year grant to support of the Community Technology Plan, which provides digital literacy education to residents and businesses in Washington County.Machias, ME
2012Sunrise Opportunities$30,000To provide short term or one time financial support to meet the critical needs of poor families.Machias, ME
2012Sunrise Opportunities$75,000To provide general operating support for the Community Caring Collaborative.Machias, ME
2012United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Maine$25,000To provide oral health care services to children through two-week long clinics in collaboration with the New York University College of Dentistry.Bangor, ME