Maine Charity Foundation Fund Grant

Maine Community Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $7,500

Anticipated deadline: Sep 15, 2018 8:59pm PDT

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

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied 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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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.


Based upon the vote of the advisory committee taken at its meeting on April 5, 2016, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund will focus its funding on programs for children (from birth to 18 years of age) and older adults (age 60 and older). It will give special priority to programs that support those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged because they live in poverty and/or lack access to critical resources such as education, housing, food, and transportation. The aim of these priorities is to help children and older adults become and remain vital, socially engaged, and contributing community members. The Maine Charity Foundation Fund will accept applications for grant support for projects and organizations that address the following:

For Children

Projects and organizations that increase vulnerable or disadvantaged children’s opportunity for success in school and life, including but not limited to programs that:

  • Prepare children for kindergarten by developing social and academic skills
  • Prevent absenteeism
  • Provide academic, artistic, and cultural enrichment opportunities during/after school or in the summer
  • Develop critical life skills, such as financial literacy and leadership
  • Develop creativity, healthy habits, and/or resilience
  • Provide mentoring around social and life skills
  • Promote aspirations and career planning.

(Important: Given the range of alternative sources of funding available, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund will not support athletic programs. See below for list of other eligibility requirements.)

For Older Adults

Projects and organizations that increase vulnerable or disadvantaged older adults’ connections to community resources, including but not limited to programs that:

  • Increase education about and access to nutritious food
  • Engage older adults in healthy and active pursuits
  • Provide transportation solutions
  • Reduce isolation by connecting people around a shared activity or interest.

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  • 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. 
  • Based on current funding available at the Maine Community Foundation, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund will focus grant support outside Greater Portland.


  • Finally, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund recognizes the importance of giving children and older adults an active role and voice in the programs that serve them.
    • Because of this, the fund will give priority to programs that engage children and older adults in the creation and delivery of their services.
    • For example, programs that use peer-to-peer supports in either age group, or programs that use cross-generational support.


  • What is ineligible:
    • Annual appeals and capital campaigns
    • Camp or tuition scholarships
    • Youth athletic programs
    • Multi-year requests (the grant period is one year, though an organization may submit requests in consecutive years)
    • Expenses that have already been incurred.

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