The University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center has received a $200,000 Unity Foundation challenge grant to support its planned expansion.
UMaine announced in August a campaign to raise $2 million in private funds to help create a 15,000 square foot addition at the Belfast center. The new wing will house additional classroom space, science labs and other facilities critical to the center’s future as UMaine’s primary educational and outreach connection with mid-coast Maine.
The Hutchinson Center’s private fundraising effort is part of Campaign Maine, the University’s six-year, $150 million comprehensive campaign.
A campaign volunteer committee led by Judy Stein and retired Hutchinson Center Director James Patterson has been working on private fundraising for several months. The Hutchinson Center project’s total price is $4 million, with the balance coming from a bond to be repaid through future revenue generated through the center’s expanded activities.
The Unity Foundation requires UMaine to match the $200,000 by raising the same amount from other sources. The late Bert Clifford established the foundation in 2000 to help nonprofit organizations fulfill their missions to arts/culture, recreation, community/economic development, education, the environment and youth.