King Foundation Award 2016

King Foundation Award 2016
“Receiving the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation award is a  tremendous testament to the benevolent acts that the Kings have been involved with over the years,” Ben Barr… President of the Friends of Millinocket Memorial Library, declared recently on learning the Foundation had approved the Friends’ application for a $10,000 seed money grant.

Barr also said, “I am very honored to accept this award on behalf of the Friends and can assure you that it will help our fund raising goals tremendously.”

The Friends learned in mid-March from Stephanie Leonard, foundation administrator, the grant the Friends had applied for was approved. As part of the notification she wished the Friends “continued success with your good work.”

Also expressing appreciation for the grant was Esther Gass, library volunteer aStephen and Tabitha King Foundation Award to Friends of Millinocket Memorial Librarynd Friends member, who collaborated on the writing of the grant with Chet York, an active Friends member whose concentration is in the area of fund raising. “…I am,” Gass said, “enormously appreciative of the King Foundation’s support of our library, our town and our region!”

This news of a new grant comes less than a month after the Friends organization received notification it was named a recipient of a $2,000 grant awarded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Maine.

In support of the need for the grant, the application pointed out the history surrounding the town’s defunding of the library, the 15-29% unemployment rate, the aging of the community, how hundreds of people rely on the library’s services as they apply for jobs and how the Friends fought for the library’s survival through a counter proposal whereby the town would provide $30,000 on a one time basis with the Friends matching that and assuming responsibility for operation and management of the library.

This is the first time the King Foundation has awarded the Friends organization grant money. The Town of Millinocket, however, applied for and received grant money twice, $4,000 in February 2009 and $30,000 in July 2012.

The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation was created in 1986 to provide support for Maine communities. The family foundation is interested in projects that address the underlying causes of social and environmental problems, as well those that address the consequences and has a strong interest in literary, community services and the arts.

The Friends members also are working on various other ways to raise monies so the library may continue as an integral, functioning part of Millinocket and the surrounding area.