Maine Charity Foundation Fund Grant

Maine Community Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Deadline: Sep 15, 2020 8:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit Public College / University Public Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Maine

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in Maine: Androscoggin County, Aroostook County, Franklin County, Hancock County, Kennebec County, Knox County, Lincoln County, Oxford County, Penobscot County, Piscataquis County, Somerset County, Waldo County, Washington County Other eligible locations: Maine

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About this funder:




The Maine Charity Foundation was established in 1921. In September of 1993, its assets were transferred to the Maine Community Foundation, where it became part of the competitive grant program. Since then, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund has distributed more than $1.6 million in grants to support a range of community-based programs.


The Maine Charity Foundation Fund has a broadly defined goal of supporting “charitable and educational purposes within the State of Maine.” The specific priorities within this broad goal area are defined by an advisory committee.

New Focus

Nearly a third of older people in Maine live in communities without access to public transportation. This can present many challenges as we outlive our ability to drive. For older people, especially those living in rural areas, this lack of transportation can result in missed medical appointments, malnutrition, and social isolation – all significant threats to good health and quality of life. 

For the 2018 grant cycle, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund (Maine Charity) grants will support community-based efforts to improve or increase access to transportation and/or to reduce social isolation for older people. 

Types of Support

 Maine Charity grants will only support the following types of requests:

  • New Volunteer Driver Programs: support to create new volunteer driver programs for older people in underserved communities and populations.
  • Transportation Program Expansions: support to expand existing transportation programs to new or underserved locations, on new days/times, or adding transportation services for new purposes (e.g., expanding transportation services from just medical appointments to also include supermarkets or social gatherings).
  • Transportation Program Improvements: support to improve the effectiveness and/or efficiency of existing transportation programs. This may include developing partnerships with other service providers, improving technology, and/or training and outreach. 
  • New Social Programs: support for new programs that bring older people together, connect them with community groups and/or provide access to other social events, designed to reduce social isolation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include a plan for transportation for participants who need it. Awards will not support existing programs. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Who is eligible to apply
    • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt organizations, including most municipalities
    • Public schools
    • Public agencies working for the State of Maine
    • Indian tribal governments (or political subdivisions) recognized by the Department of the Interior
    • Non-exempt groups with a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) organization, public school, or public agency. 
  • All grant requests may include:
    • All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant guidelines
    • Staff time for program coordination
    • Reimbursements or stipends for volunteers
    • New software and/or technology
    • Meetings for outreach to community members and organizations, and developing partnerships
    • Inventories of existing programs or services, and identifying gaps
    • Technical assistance.


  • Priorities - Maine Charity grants will place priority on applications that do one or more of the following:
    • Meet gaps in services/programs or provide service/programming where there is none currently (in the case of new or expanding programs)
    • Creatively use existing resources
    • Are clearly laid out and ready to implement.


  • Ineligible Expenses
    • Vehicles
    • Annual appeals and capital campaigns
    • Multi-year requests (the grant period is one year, though an organization may submit requests in consecutive years)
    • Expenses that have already been incurred.
  • What we will not fund, without exception
    • Expenses already incurred
    • Political campaigns
    • Lobbying in the form of calls to action on a specific vote
    • Religious activities: including, but not limited to, religious services, promotion of religious beliefs, or activities that are restricted to church or religious group membership