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When our communities thrive, we all thrive.

Kennebunk Savings staff standing by tent at an event

Five categories of organizations

Our dedicated Community Relations team considers requests from five categories of organizations. We award grants and sponsorships on a rolling, year-round basis in support of the following causes:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Community and Economic Advancement
  • Arts and Culture
  • Education and Innovation
  • Environment and Animal Welfare


How we decide who receives funds

To decide where funds should go, we consider the organization’s relevance to our Community Promise goals, how the service it offers impacts our community, other support the group receives in the private and public sector, and the community’s general need.

As many typical fundraising avenues disappeared during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been especially proactive in reaching out to partners as vital societal needs have only increased across communities.

We receive so many requests, and every category offers invaluable services and activities. Here’s a quick sample of the kinds of organizations that receive assistance.


Health & Wellness

Community organizations and programs that promote mind, body, and spirit wellness align very strongly with our corporate and community values. We sponsor races, sports teams, and other wellness programs and initiatives.

Examples of groups who have received support from us include:

  • Hospitals and Community Health Centers
  • Nutrition Programs
  • United Ways
  • Community Action Agencies

Community & Economic Advancement

Community spaces that create access to resources for community members of all walks of life get our attention. We want to empower everyone in the community who has ideas that can help make it better.

Examples of groups who have received support from us include:

  • Libraries
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Affordable Housing
  • First Responders
  • Public Transportation

Arts & Culture

A vibrant art scene in our communities drives tourism and commerce and serves a higher purpose – fostering understanding, creating empathy, and moving a community forward. We want to support the arts whenever we can.

Examples of groups who have received support from us include:

  • Visual and performing arts programs
  • Museums
  • Historical Societies
  • Theaters

Education & Innovation

Investments in education and youth programs create the future of the community. As parents ourselves, we support youth programs that address food insecurity, technology, wellness, and trauma prevention to help children succeed beyond their dreams.

Examples of groups who have received support from us include:

  • Education Foundations
  • Literacy Programs
  • Leadership Development
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Environment & Animal Welfare

Furry friends deserve kindness in our community, too. We work with shelters, animal agencies, land trusts, and more to help make that happen.

Examples of groups who have received support from us include:

  • Land Trusts
  • Marine Resource Conservation
  • Animal Welfare and Rescue

COVID-19 community response

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has led us to make adjustments to our giving programs to help area nonprofits maintain the critical work being done to address the needs of our communities right now. The bank is acutely aware that the events these nonprofits host each year represent a primary and sometimes sole source of fundraising for the organizations. Access to funds critical for the nonprofits to continue their work.

In response, we have allocated COVID-19 response funding to organizations in the community that are specifically working to help vulnerable populations impacted by the pandemic. This includes donations to the United Way of York County’s and the United Way of the Greater Seacoast, as well as donations to Caring Unlimited and HAVEN, organizations that provide direct support for community members experiencing domestic abuse and violence, which have been rapidly forced to adjust to new and changing health and safety guidelines.

Request a grant or sponsorship now

Do you have a program that could go further with more funding?
We’d like to hear from you. You can request funds from Kennebunk Savings right here. We hope to hear from you.