Our Covid Response: The Hatch Community Youth Fund remains committed to caring for the health and well being of the resident youth of Brooksville, Castine, and Penobscot. Throughout this time of continued concern surrounding COVID-19, applications for athletic and recreational programs and participant scholarship funding are still being accepted with the understanding that evolving mandates may require cancellation or postponement. We ask that all applicants stay in touch.

The Hatch Community Youth Fund offers assistance in two ways:

Program Funding
The Hatch Fund provides grants to local organizations who share our goal of supporting the youth of Brooksville, Castine, and Penobscot through athletic and recreational activities. The Fund offers grants to local 501(C)3 organizations, educational institutions, municipalities, and clubs for sports and recreation whose missions align with ours.

Individual scholarships are available for year-round pre-school to high school age resident youth from Brooksville, Castine, and Penobscot to support participation in a variety of athletic and recreational activities (see past programs list on the About US page) and are need blind. Scholarship value, however, may be limited per family. Applicants and their guardians must seek out programs in advance and can also use the application form for planning a child’s year of activities. Applications required by the selected programs must be made directly to the desired program as instructed by the organizers. Hatch Fund scholarship awards are then applied to the fees in various ways depending on the program’s payment methods.

Studies show how important programmed activity and athletic pursuit are for youth development:

  • Improves overall health and fitness
  • Improves confidence through learning skills
  • Helps build friendships and ignite lifetime interests
  • Helps children learn about rules, fair play, and coping with winning and losing
  • Helps children have greater success
  • Provides mentorship