The Maine Women’s Giving Tree distributed a record $82,500 in grants this spring to 13 nonprofits that support women, children and families in the Midcoast.

Since the nonprofit awarded its first grants in 2012, it has contributed more than $480,000 to area programs.

“This is the first time we have been able to recommend full funding for each finalist’s application,” said Giving Tree President Jane Cabot, of Harpswell.

Due to rising COVID-19 cases, the organization held its awards ceremony online on May 11.

  Recipients were Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick, $6,000; ArtVan, $7,500; Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, $8,000; Family and Community Mediation, $7,500; The Gathering Place, $5,000; Growing to Give, $5,000; Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine, $5,000; Independence Association, $10,000; Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, $9,000; Midcoast Literacy, $3,000; Midcoast Youth Center, $7,500; People Plus Brunswick Area Teen Center, $4,000; and Tedford Housing, $5,000.

The Maine Women’s Giving Tree is a philanthropic group of more than 80 women whose members pool their dollars and together decide how to distribute that money through grants to nonprofit organizations and causes.

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