Peaks Island Fund

Maine Community Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Anticipated deadline: Jun 1, 2019 8:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Cumberland County, Maine

Location of residency: United States

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Through the generosity of year-round and summer residents, businesses, and friends, the Peaks Island Fund benefits the community of Peaks Island and its residents by supporting the work of local nonprofits and responding to the emerging needs of the island and its residents. Local residents evaluate grant requests to determine how the funds will be distributed. They also monitor the pulse of the island to determine other needs that should be addressed to better the future lives of island residents.


The focus of the Peaks Island Fund is to help sustain and grow a diverse, year-round community on the island.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Help to reduce economic barriers to living on the island
  • Provide or increase access to educational and enrichment programs for youth
  • Preserve and protect the built and natural environment, including projects that reduce energy consumption
  • Increase year-round social and cultural resources for the community
  • Enhance opportunities for physical accessibility on the island, or
  • Collaborative projects that focus on efforts to bring Peaks Island residents together through common action and partnerships.

Types of Support

The Peaks Island Fund will award three types of grants: project grants, capital grants, and operating support grants:

  • Project Grants for new or expanding projects. To be considered for funding, projects must have a clear beginning and end (i.e., not be an ongoing project). Expanding projects are those that serve new populations or those that have new or significantly different content. In an effort to support as many quality projects as possible, we will award a maximum of three consecutive grants to support a single project.
  • Capital Grants for equipment or renovations (not capital campaigns).
  • Operating Grants for organization’s whose core mission is clearly and directly related to the fund’s priority areas. Operating support grants will provide up to two years of support for an organization.

Grant Size

Maximum award for operating support: $20,000 (up to $10,000 per year for 2 years)

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.


  • 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
  • The Peaks Island Fund will not support:
    • Endowments or capital campaigns: Activities designed to increase capital or assets of an organization. This includes costs related to verbal or written requests for financial support such as appeal letters or fundraising events.

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