County Profile


The southernmost of Maine’s counties, York is Maine’s second-most populous county.  Healthcare, retail trade and Manufacturing are the biggest industries in York.


York County at a Glance:

  • 11.4% of children under 18 live in poverty.**
  • 18.8% of children in York County receive SNAP benefits, 37.5% of school-aged children are eligible for subsidized school meals.**
  • 21% of children are living with food insecurity.**
  • The infant mortality rate in York County is 4.2 per 1,000.**
  • 6.4 per every 1,000 children in York County are in DHHS custody.**
  • 38.1% of children in York County participate in MaineCare.**
  • 37% of people in York County are not currently in the workforce.*
  • Nearly 20% of the population is under the age of 18.*
  • 32% of the population achieved a high school degree; nearly 60% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.*
  • The high school graduation rate for York County is 87.7%.**
*Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2012-2016
**Source: Maine Kids Count 

Grants Awarded in this Region

2018Frannie Peabody Center$20,000To provide mental health and substance abuse counseling support for people affected by HIV/AIDS in Maine.Portland, ME
2018Lake Region Senior Service$7,000To provide support for the general operations of a transportation program serving low-income seniors and disabled residents throughout four counties in Southwestern Maine.Bridgton, ME
2018Maine Community Action Association$160,000Two year grant to support Maine seniors' ability to age-in-place through home repairs, weatherization services, and home modifications based on mobility issues.East Wilton, 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
2018Muskie School of Public Service$75,000To support the work of the Southern Maine Youth Transition Network, to include place-based work with vulnerable older youth in greater Portland and Sanford and youth leadership and engagement work across the Network.Portland, ME
2018Shalom House$15,000To provide support for an emergency fund that low-income clients may access to meet their basic housing, health, transportation and other critical needs when other payment sources have been exhausted.Portland, ME
2018Unitarian Universalist Association$8,500To provide support for the purchase of non-food essentials for people in need.Sanford, ME
2018Wayside Food Programs$15,000To provide general operating support to increase access to nutritious and culturally appropriate food in Cumberland, Oxford, and York counties.Portland, ME
2017Lake Region Senior Service$9,000For general operating support.Bridgton, ME
2017Lebanon Elementary School$24,500To provide support for the Kid Connection afterschool program.North Berwick, ME
2017Locker Project$5,000For general operating support.Portland, ME
2017Mercy Hospital$15,000To provide support for their Patient Assistance Fund for adults in treatment for cancer or blood disorders who need financial help to defray the cost of non-medical expenses.Portland, ME
2017Milestone Foundation$15,000For general operating support.Portland, ME
2017Preble Street$65,000To provide support for the transition of the older youth at the First Place Transitional Housing program into stable housing.Portland, ME
2017Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center$10,000For general operating support.Biddeford, ME
2017Southern Maine Health Care$20,000To provide financial support to cancer pantients with healthcare and transportation related expenses.Biddeford, ME
2017Tri-County Mental Health Services$25,000To provide intensive family and community-based treatment for chronic and violent juvenile offenders.Lewiston, ME
2017Unitarian Universalist Association$8,500To provide support to purchase non-food household items for the Corner Cupboard essentials pantry to benefit low-income people.Sanford, ME
2016Community Financial Literacy$15,000To provide general operating support to provide financial education courses and individual financial and college access counseling sessions.Portland, ME
2016Lake Region Senior Service$10,000To provide support for programs that provide transportation to low-income seniors, disabled citizens and cancer patients.Bridgton, ME
2016Maine Community Action Association$160,000A two year grant for repairs to homes of senior Maine residents.E. Wilton, ME
2016Muskie School of Public Service$50,000To develop and implement an employer engagement strategy to address youth workforce development in Maine.Portland, ME
2016Muskie School of Public Service$75,000To continue the implementation of the Aspen Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund work in Southern Maine as part of the Southern Maine Youth Transition Network.Portland, ME
2016Sanford Public Schools$10,000To support community- based summer programming to address summer learning loss in Sanford.Sanford, ME
2016Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine$20,000To provide funding to support sexual assault education and services specific to homeless and at-risk youth.Portland, ME
2016Southern Maine Agency on Aging$10,000To provide support for the When In Need (WIN) Fund, a discretionary fund designed to support the basic human needs of older and disabled adults in southern Maine.Scarborough, ME
2016The Opportunity Alliance$100,000To provide support for business intelligence through the development of a data analytic infrastructure.South Portland, ME
2016Unitarian Universalist Association$7,000To purchase non-food items for Sanford's Corner Cupboard, such as batteries for smoke detectors, trash bags and personal hygiene products.Sanford, ME
2016York County Community Action Corporation$20,000To provide mental health services such as assessments, behavior and treatment planning, and whole-family interventions for children in Head Start.Sanford, ME
2016York County Community Action Corporation$60,000For a feasibility study on establishing an intergenerational day care center that would combine childcare and adult day services at one location.Sanford, ME
2015Biddeford School Department$26,400To pilot a school-based mental health clinician model.Biddeford, ME
2015Boy Scouts of America$15,750To expand services to boys with low-incomes in Portland, Biddeford and Saco; and to allocate additional resources for Somali youth in Lewiston.Raymond, ME
2015Educate Maine$198,000Two year grant to serve as the fiscal sponsor for Count Me In, an initiative focused on partnering with school districts and communities to decrease chronic absenteeism by implementing evidence-based practices.Portland, ME
2015Lake Region Senior Service$5,000To support transportation programs for low-income seniors, disabled citizens, and cancer patients.Bridgton, ME
2015MaineHealth Care At Home$25,000To support the Pediatric Social Work/Navigator Program, which helps children and families coping with the challenges of cancer; and  the Pediatric Telehealth Oncology Program, which allows families to access care from their homes.Saco, ME
2015Muskie School of Public Service$119,500Two year grant to support the Southern Maine Youth Transition Network’s implementation plan to provide comprehensive, coordinated supports and opportunities to vulnerable older youth.Portland, ME
2015Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center$10,000 To support programs that provide low-income families with food and connections to community services.Biddeford, ME
2015The Center for Grieving Children$20,000To support the Tender Living Care Program,  which provides education and emotional support to families when a parent or caregiver is diagnosed with a life impacting illness, including cancer.Portland, ME
2015The Opportunity Alliance$20,000To support the Children's Outpatient Therapy program, which provides mental health assessment and treatment services to children and their families.South Portland, ME
2015The Opportunity Alliance$80,000For capacity building.South Portland, ME
2015York County Community Action Corporation$25,000To support mental health services and whole-family interventions for children in Head Start.Sanford, ME
2014Educate Maine$99,000To act as fiscal sponsor for the implementation team of Count ME In, a data-driven community based model to address the problem of chronic absenteeism in Maine.Portland, ME
2014Hospice of Southern Maine$15,000To provide operating support for medical, emotional, and spiritual services for cancer patients who are seriously ill with a terminal diagnosis.Scarborough, ME
2014Lake Region Senior Service$10,000To provide transportation to low-income seniors, disabled citizens and cancer patients.Bridgton, ME
2014LearningWorks$19,000In supplemental funding for the implementation of a summer learning program in Biddeford aimed at addressing summer learning loss.Portland, ME
2014LearningWorks$42,000To address summer learning loss for students entering grades K through 3 in the Biddeford Public Schools.Portland, ME
2014MaineHealth Care At Home$25,000To provide funding for pediatric social work services to support children and their families navigating the challenges of cancer.Saco, ME
2014Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine$20,000To provide funding for staffing for sexual assault education and services specific to homeless and at-risk youth.Portland, ME
2014Southern Maine Agency on Aging$20,000To provide support to reduce re-hospitalization rates of high-risk Medicare patients by providing home-delivered meals after discharge from the hospital.Scarborough, ME
2014The Opportunity Alliance$15,000To provide funding to support mental health assessment and treatment services for children and their families.South Portland, ME
2014United Way of York County$15,000To provide funding to Partners For A Hunger Free York County for farm shares of local produce to low-income seniors in York County.Kennebunk, ME
2014York County Community Action Corporation$23,000To provide support for public transportation for Sanford and Springvale residents - many on fixed incomes - to access local shopping, medical and job opportunities.Sanford, ME
2013Day One$25,000To provide mental health counseling to youth in Greater Portland.South Portland, ME
2013Easter Seals Maine$25,000To provide Early Intervention services such as preventative physical, occupational, speech, and language therapies to disadvantaged children from birth to age 5 with disabilities, special needs, and various mental illnesses.Portland, ME
2013Frannie Peabody Center$25,000To provide direct services for clients living with co-occurring mental illness and HIV/AIDS.Portland, ME
2013Lake Region Senior Service$5,000To provide transportation to low-income seniors and disabled citizens and cancer patients.Bridgton, ME
2013LearningWorks$31,526To support a summer learning program aimed at addressing potential summer learning loss in Biddeford public schools.Portland, ME
2013Muskie School of Public Service$75,000To support the Maine Youth Transition Collaborative and facilitation of a community mapping process to document and collect outcomes of the promising programs serving youth in Southern Maine.Portland, ME
2013Shalom House$15,000To provide emergency funds to individuals without the financial means to meet basic needs.Portland, ME
2013Southern Maine Agency on Aging$160,000To support programming and training for the staff of two new Adult Day Centers in Falmouth and Biddeford.Scarborough, ME
2013Spurwink Services$30,000To support the use of Every Day Counts a community based model to work with four school districts to improve student attendance.Portland, ME
2013The Center for Grieving Children$15,000To provide peer support, home/hospital visits, education, and resources to families with children ages 3-18 and young adults 19-30 where the parent or caregiver is facing serious illness.Portland, ME
2013United Way of York County$15,000To improve regular access to healthy foods for low-income senior citizens in York County, building upon successful summer Farm Fresh Foods for Seniors and Winter Shares projects.Kennebunk, ME
2013York County Community Action Corporation$24,000To provide transportation for York County residents who are receiving treatment for cancer.Sanford, ME
2012Biddeford Free Clinic$15,000To support the Pharmacy program for non-narcotic prescription medications for those without health insurance living in poverty.Biddeford, ME
2012Counseling Services$10,000To support mental health services to children diagnosed with mental illness that are underinsured or uninsured.Saco, 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
2012Northern York County Family YMCA$10,000To provide affordable and subsidized full-day child care for children from ages six weeks to five years at their Community Childcare Center.Biddeford, ME
2012York County Community Action Corporation$26,400To provide dental care for uninsured patients through an existing oral health care program.Sanford, ME
2012York County Shelter Programs$50,000To provide food and mental health/psychiatric services at the Homeless Shelter in York.Alfred, ME