Rines Thompson Fund Grant

Maine Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $2,000 - US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 15, 2020 8:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Cumberland County, Maine

Location of residency: Maine

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About this funder:



The Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. The community foundation is committed to serve all of Maine; demonstrate respect for people and places; achieve quality and integrity in everything we do; and remain nonpartisan.

The Rines/Thompson Fund is a component fund of the Maine Community Foundation that provides funding primarily for the benefit of people of the greater Portland community. Established in 1999 by the children and grandchildren of Henry P. and Adeline B. Rines, this fund is designed to give back to the community that has supported the businesses owned by the Rines/Thompson family including the Congress Square Hotel, the Eastland Hotel, WCSH Radio, and WCSH Television. Henry P. Rines' father, Joseph Rines, started Rines Brothers Store on Congress Street in 1883 and the family has conducted business in the area for more than 115 years.

The fund also acts as a memorial to the Henry and Adeline Rines’ two children, Mary Rines Thompson (1918-1992) and William Henry Rines (1917-1970). Their spouses and children contributed to this fund in their memory.

Types of Support

Using the geographic and issue areas listed below, the Rines Thompson Fund will consider the following:

  • New or Expanded Projects or Programs
    • Organizations may request support to develop and implement new programs or for the expansion of an existing program that is proven to be successful at meeting its stated objectives.
  • Improve Organizational Effectiveness
    • Organizations may request support for activities focused on strengthening their operations or strategic focus, or improving program effectiveness in specific areas.
    • Examples include long-range planning, use of technology to improve program delivery or operations, and board development. 
    • For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions about Capacity Building
  • Operating Support
    • Organizations may request support for overhead and administrative costs that are a normal part of its mission.
    • The organization should have a strong track record of performance and applicants must explain the organization’s effectiveness in carrying out its mission.

Geographic area

  • Cape Elizabeth,
  • Falmouth,
  • Gorham,
  • Portland,
  • Scarborough,
  • South Portland,
  • Yarmouth, and
  • Westbrook

Issue areas

  • Environment and conservation,
  • early childhood and youth programming, and
  • arts and culture

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


  • Advisors will give preference to requests from organizations that contribute to the vibrancy of these Greater Portland communities:
    • Collaboration: For appropriate projects and programs, collaboration between and among organizations is encouraged.
    • Organizations partnering with schools:


  • Ineligible for Funding:
    • Educational institutions: pre-K through 12 public, independent, parochial, and other private schools, as well as colleges and universities
    • Requests from organizations that are outside the priority areas listed above
    • Expenses that have already been incurred
    • Capital campaigns or endowments and other activities designed to increase the capital or assets of an organization
    • Scholarships and camperships
  • In order to have greater impact per request, organizations that received a grant are discouraged from submitting a request to the Rines/Thompson Fund the following year.