The Trust was created through the will of Jane B. Cook. It focuses its grantmaking on arts and culture, education, environment, and health and welfare. Arts and culture grants support artistic and quality development in northern New England. They support a variety of objectives including increased access to artistic expression and education in the arts for underserved population and the impact of artistic and cultural exposure on communities. Education grants seek to advance educational opportunities and educational quality in northern New England. Grants for education will be made to support access to educational opportunities, resource and programs, both inside and outside of the traditional classroom, with a particular focus on underserved populations. These grants will also support nonprofits and private/public partnerships to serve educational needs of educational communities. Environmental grants aim to protect and enhance the natural environment and to conserve natural resources in northern New England. Grants will be made to support meaningful and innovative contributions to protect critical or historically significant rural and urban natural resources; efforts that have a beneficial impact on the quality of life for underserved populations; and environmental programs that involve or educate youth. Health and welfare grants aim to improve the health and welfare of human and animal populations in the Trustís geographical areas of interest. Grants will be made to support efforts to directly improve the health and welfare of vulnerable and underserved populations as well as efforts to alleviate human suffering and provide for basic human needs. Also of interest are projects and organizations that promote individual and community wellness, disease prevention, and equal care for all and efforts to understand links between human and animal health and welfare. Grants are made in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont; in southwest and central Florida; and in the greater Boston area of Massachusetts. Grants in southwest and central Florida and in the greater Boston area will focus exclusively on health and welfare only. All applicants interested in funding should first submit a concept paper using the application form found on the Web site.
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