Movement Focus Area Grant
Quimby Family FoundationSuggest an update
Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $25,000
Deadline: Apr 1, 2020 8:59pm PDT
Applicant type: Nonprofit
Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Project / Program
Location of project: Maine
Location of residency: MaineView website Save
About this funder:
NOTE: In 2020, we will only be accepting proposals from organizations who received a QFF grant in the past three years: 2017-2019.
We envision thriving Maine communities empowered by reciprocal relationships with nature. We see people connecting with, eating from, and caring for Maine's farms, woods, and waters.
To grow human wholeness by fostering stronger relationships between people and nature.
Human Wholeness: To us, human wholeness is physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health. We believe in the inherent value of nature to advance all four.
Values We Seek
We prioritize funding organizations with a history of embodying these in their work. When evaluating new projects and programs, we search for natural alignment and designed commitment to these values:
- Community Rooted, Community Grown
- We believe organizations rooted in, and responsive to, community desire are more likely to be relevant, meaningful, and successful. Projects developed and implemented with ongoing involvement from stakeholders and target populations build connectivity and empowerment for Maine communities.
- We prioritize organizations supporting human wholeness and healthy choices for underrepresented populations and geographic regions throughout the state of Maine.
- Mutually Beneficial
- We respect organizations striving for a symbiotic relationship between people and our planet. We are seeking projects that simultaneously improve health outcomes for individuals while protecting or restoring local landscapes.
- Empowering for Health
- We admire organizations empowering individual and community health choices, particularly disease-preventative nourishment and nature-based work, service or play.
- We feel organizations motivating people to continually connect with neighbors and nature are essential to stem the growing tide of social isolation affecting all age groups and many rural communities.
Focus Area: Movement
Creating and supporting opportunities for people to consistently choose, and meaningfully experience, nearby nature and wilderness through movement and activity.
Strategies include (but are not limited to):
- Deepening the bonds between people, nature, and one another through immersive wilderness journeys
- Growing outdoor recreation events to discover nearby nature and commune with neighbors
- Reducing barriers (social, physical, logistical) for people to access nearby nature and open space
- Creating, promoting, or restoring parks, gardens, and green spaces
- Addressing community disparities to encourage safe, equitable outdoor access
- Promoting active transportation choices to benefit self and environment
- Marketing successful programs and under-utilized nearby nature spaces
- Building or improving trails for walking, hiking, biking, and winter travel
- Partnering with healthcare professionals to champion movement as a tool - and nature as an asset - to support public health
- Awakening instinctive bonds and exploring relationships that link humans with nature
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- The Quimby Family Foundation grants awards to qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in Maine whose mission, vision and values are aligned with the Quimby Family Foundation
- Qualifying organizations are required to have a current tax-exempt status 501-c3 designation or a fiscal agent with 501-c3 status.
- We do not fund:
- Non-Maine based projects
- Organizations without a 501(c)(3) certification. (We will accept fiscal sponsors with certification.)
- Direct donations or grants to individuals
- We do not fund projects that are well aligned with one of our focus areas if the organizations mission and traditional work is not
- We are unlikely to fund
- Nonprofits with an organizational budget over $2,000,000
- Local, State, and National Government Agencies
- Medical Research
- Public or Private Educational Institutions
- Hospitals & Clinics
- Religious and/or faith-based institutions or programs that include religious activities
- Animal Agriculture
- If it’s out of state, partnering with a Maine-based group, or Maine chapter, the relationship needs to be long-standing (3+yrs) and the Maine group / chapter needs to be the clear lead – hence, the outreach / application should be from them
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