Christmas came early to 33 organizations on Mount Desert Island who shared more than $135,000 in grants from the Hattie A. & Fred C. Lynam Trust. Grant awards ranged from $500 to $5000.

The Lynam Trust, managed by Bar Harbor Trust Services, was established in 1942 and awards grants annually to charitable, religious, and educational organizations located on MDI.

Organizations receiving grants in 2021 include:

  • A Climate to Thrive
  • Acadia Senior College
  • Acadian Youth Sports
  • Bar Harbor Food Pantry
  • Church of Our Father Episcopal Church
  • Camp Beech Cliff
  • Hulls Cove Neighborhood Assn.
  • Island Connections
  • Island Housing Trust
  • Island Readers & Writers
  • Jesup Memorial Library
  • Kids’ Corner
  • Local Solutions
  • Maine Granite Industry Historical Society
  • MDI Backpack Program
  • MDI Community Campfire Coalition
  • MDI Community Sailing Center
  • MDI Historical Society
  • MDI Hospital
  • MDI Racial Equity Working Group
  • Mount Desert Nursery School & Child Care
  • Mount Desert Summer Chorale
  • Neighborhood House
  • Northeast Harbor Library
  • Open Table MDI
  • Somesville Library Association
  • Southwest Harbor Historical Society
  • Southwest Harbor Public Library
  • Summer Festival of the Arts
  • Wendell Gilley Museum
  • Whistle Pig Animal Welfare Service
  • Willowind Therapeutic Riding Center

The annual grant application deadline for next year’s awards will be September 16, 2022. Applications are reviewed by the Grants Committee each November, and grants are awarded and distributed by December 31 of the same calendar year. Applicants must have their primary administrative office located on Mount Desert Island and serve the residents of MDI. Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply every year, whether or not a grant was awarded to them in a prior year. For additional information please visit


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