Two grants get the “Raise the Roof” Campaign off to a good start

We’ve got some good news and some bad news.

Fifth Maine Museum roof seen from overhead.

The bad news is that the roof of the Fifth Maine Museum, which is nearing the end of life, continues to degrade. Several roof patching attempts can be seen in this overhead shot of the building.

During the 2018-2019 winter, roofing shingles allowed some water damage to develop in one of our upstairs storage rooms. In response, the Board of Directors has launched a “Raise the Roof” campaign to fund the re-roofing of the entire building during the fall of 2019. After soliciting several bids, the building committee reports that the project will cost approximately $75,000.

An overhead shot of the conical roof on the turret of the Fifth Maine Museum

Roof damage led to a water leak in an upstairs storage room.

Now the good news! Board member, Perry Sutherland, has submitted several grant applications to help fund the project. He recently received news that the Davis Family Foundation will provide $10,000 and the Casco Bay Islands Alliance will provide $1,500. Fundraising efforts will continue throughout the summer of 2019. Watch this space for more details!

Thank you to both the Davis Family Foundation and the Casco Bay Islands Alliance! And thank you to our superb grant writer, Perry!!