On October 23, Coffee By Design (CBD) announced the recipients for its annual Rebel Blend Fund Grant, which has been awarding art grants to projects in Maine for 22 years. Since the Rebel Blend Fund began, CBD has contributed over $95,000 to Maine non-profits arts organizations.

This year’s recipients are:

• Gateway Community Services – $1,200 to help fund a Portland Hub Youth-led Community Mural in the community event room.
• Dignity Maine – “Pieces of Recovery: The Puzzle Project” – $2,000
• Maine Music and Health- $850 to fund editing for the “That’s So Portland” project
• Black Kid Joy – $1,000 to help fund transportation needs
• STAGES Youth Theater – $2,500 to help fund their Building Empathy through Theater for Young Audiences Program.
• Figures of Speech Theatre – $1,150 to help fund TimeSlips Family Engagement & Celebration of Creativity, a project with The Park Danforth, working with memory loss
• Gulf of Maine Ecology Arts Project Anna Dibble – $1000

The Rebel Blend fund is supported through the purchase of the company’s popular Rebel Blend coffee, which combines beans from three major growing regions: Asia, Americas and Africa. $1 from each pound sold or brewed in CBD coffeehouses is contributed to the fund and the total amount from yearly sales is awarded to the winners.
CBD co-founder Mary Allen Lindemann said, “In sharing the Rebel Blend Funds we are able to help seed new Maine arts projects. Coffee By Design is celebrating 25 years in business this year, and one of the things we are most proud of is the creation of the Rebel Blend Fund. Every year we hear about amazing projects across the state, and we are happy to be able to play a role in helping these projects come to life.”
Rebel Blend winners are chosen each year by a team of CBD employees from each of the coffeehouses, the roastery and management, who review all applications and determine where the grant money will be most beneficial. To be considered for Rebel Blend funding, applicants must submit art projects within the state of Maine along with a detailed description of how their projects would benefit from the grant money.

Coffee By Design, a Maine-owned and operated coffee company since 1994, is dedicated to serving customers sustainably sourced, traceable, quality coffee. The company was recently named Roaster of the Year 2020 by Roast Magazine. Coffee By Design is B Corp Certified and has earned numerous awards recognizing business and coffee excellence including the 2016 Maine MEP Manufacturing Excellence Award, the Spurwink Humanitarian Award and the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence. Owners Mary Allen Lindemann and Alan Spear were named Maine SBA Small Business Person of the Year, 2014.

Coffee By Design operates a roastery and coffeehouse at One Diamond St, Portland, and has locations on Portland’s India St., Congress St. and in Freeport at L.L. Bean. The company also runs a private espresso and cold brew coffee bar in IDEXX.
In addition to serving some of the world’s finest coffee, Coffee By Design is committed to supporting community, people and the environment. Coffee By Design supports Amjambo Africa. Served at over 650 select restaurants, cafes and gourmet stores, their coffee is enjoyed worldwide. For more information, go to coffeebydesign.com.
Article contributed by Coffee By Design