Children, Families, Communities
Karen Sjostrom Hedger Child & Family Fund<
We are pleased to offer this fund, lovingly established in the memory of Karen Sjostrom Hedger and dedicated to supporting programs and events for children and families in Hancock County, Maine and beyond.

The intent of this fund is to support programs and initiatives that assist children and families to “get through the rough spots” by increasing awareness and skills. We know that these times of transition and change are often opportunities for individuals and families to become more of who they are—more excellent, more healthy, more stable, more understanding, and more responsible.

Funds are awarded in the form of mini-grants of $250.00. Some examples of types of requests that are considered for funding are family wellness events, parent education classes, family communication series, and training to provide services. Applications are accepted throughout the year  and individuals and organizations may apply for one mini-grant per year. In 2018 we anticipate awarding up to four mini-grants.

Application process

  1. The project or organization is not required to be designated as tax-exempt, non-profit by the IRS.
  2. The project should fit the mission statement of CFC and the guidelines described above. Our mission: CFC is a caring circle of parents, professionals and individuals passionately committed to providing creative opportunities for learning, growing and healing.
  3. The project or organization needs to be based within (or significantly benefit) Hancock County.


To complete the online application, click here.

Progress reports

Once the mini-grant has been awarded and the project is underway, we would like a progress report that shows your work and accomplishments. If you have photographs or testimonials that can be shared on our website we would like to share the successes of this fund.

You can donate

If you would like to contribute to this fund you can do this by using the Donate button or by contacting our office. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The story:

Karen Sjostrom Hedger inspired a generation of children with their parents to truly express who they were. She passed from this earth in February of 2011. A Speech/Language Pathologist who specialized in developmental disabilities, Karen was a cofounder of the original Downeast Therapy Associates, which later expanded into the 5o1(c)3 nonprofit, Children, Families & Communities, Inc.

Karen brought unrivaled grace, enthusiasm, kindness and fun to all she encountered but none as much as those young in age or heart. She was gifted at developing partnerships with families, individuals and teams, and was known for her willingness to integrate traditional and alternative health practices.


Contact Info




4A State Street, PO Box 540
Ellsworth, Maine 04605