A core program of the CCC, the Hope Fund provides one-time financial assistance for expenses that threaten a Washington County family’s ability to care for their children, ages 0 – 8 and are not covered through other sources.
The Hope Fund is designed to be one part of an overall plan of services or supports for families. Staff providers from CCC partner agencies, who know a family’s needs and goals best, submit applications to addresses a barrier that is jeopardizing family well-being. The fund simultaneously strengthens the safety net for families and expands the resources available to providers. A cross-agency committee reviews applications weekly, and turnaround time for funding is fast.
The Hope Fund considers applications in areas relating to: housing, transportation, medical, mental health or dental needs, employment, and education. Emergency or other needs may also be considered when there is no other resource available. The Hope Fund does not fund ongoing expenses such as food, fuel, or monthly rent. Hope Fund awards reach approximately 75 Washington County families annually, with each award immediately impacting an average of four people. Most awards are for assistance with transportation (68%) and housing (26%). Smaller amounts go to education, work, medical, and other needs.
The Hope Fund is expanding support around housing needs that protect a family’s ability to stay in their current home or rental. This is limited to one-time expenses, such as minor repairs or relocating a mobile home.
Application process: The Hope Fund is currently not open for applications
- Providers download the Hope Fund Application (online or fillable pdf) and the check list for garages if the request involves auto repair
- Complete the household budget (page 5 of the pdf application or this link for the online application) if the request is for a down payment, security deposit or is part of a financial undertaking that will involve the family making ongoing payments
- Please complete the combined funding budget (page 4 of the pdf application or this link for the online application) for requests that combine Hope Fund support with other funding sources.
- Fill out the application together with the family
- Gather and include additional documentation such as a quote for repairs, prior to submitting application
- Fax the completed pdf application and additional documentation to the CCC office in Machias at: 207-835-4500 or press “submit” on the online application.
The Hope Fund year is divided into 3 segments with funds allocated evenly for each trimester. The Hope fund review committee meets weekly to review applications until funds are depleted for the trimester. When funds are depleted, the committee will stop accepting applications until the beginning of the next trimester. Providers – not the family applying for funds – please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We are very happy to be working with you in supporting families in Washington County and have developed a list of Hope Fund FAQs you may want to consult for further help
The Hope Fund gratefully accepts donations and makes certain that those funds directly reach vulnerable families.
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