A Commitment to Equity

MaineCF's commitment to ensuring Maine is a safe, welcoming, and accepting place with equitable access to opportunities for everyone:

The Maine Community Foundation is committed to ensuring that Maine is a welcoming place for all people, including immigrants and refugees. We firmly believe that all Maine people should feel welcome, safe and accepted; should be treated with respect and dignity; and should have equitable access to opportunities to improve their lives and the lives of their families. This includes everyone – regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or physical or mental ability.

The guarantee of equal rights, protections and access to opportunities is not just a legal and moral imperative – it’s also an economic imperative. Maine’s future success, as a society and as an economy, is dependent on the state’s ability to fully engage all Maine residents. This includes those with thousands of years of ancestry here who have faced barriers to full economic participation as well as our most recent arrivals.
 
The Maine Community Foundation’s commitment to equity and inclusion is based on our fundamental belief in fairness, dignity, respect, and equality. We work to ensure that these values are not just words; rather that they are manifested in the thoughts, attitudes, and actions of all people in Maine.

MaineCF Resources

The Maine Community Foundation supports efforts to improve equity through many aspects of our work.  Here are some examples:

People of Color Fund: This grant program was established to help people of color in Maine achieve greater equity and makes annual awards of up to $7,500. The deadline for applications is March 15.

Equity Fund: Grants of up to $7,500 from the Equity Fund help strengthen lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) organizations in Maine and support community-based initiatives that address LGBTQ issues and needs. The deadline for applications is September 15.

Community Building Grant Program: These annual awards of up to $10,000 support organizations and programs that recognize and build on a community’s strengths and assets. The deadline for applications is February 15.

Maine Expansion Arts Fund: Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to support indigenous, ethnic, or rural arts programs or projects, particularly those that serve areas with limited access to arts events. The deadline for applications is September 15.

Rines / Thompson Fund: This component fund provides grants of up to $10,000 to benefit people of Greater Portland. The deadline for applications is September 15.

Maine Charity Foundation Fund: Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded to programs for children and older adults. The fund gives 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 deadline for applications is September 15.

MaineCF's Strategic Goals: The foundation's new strategic goals, announced in November 2016, address equity for all. For more information, please contact Lelia DeAndrade, senior director, grantmaking services.

Privilege, Power, and Difference: Learn more about the issue of white privilege and listen to Dr. Allan Johnson, keynote speaker at MaineCF's inaugural summit.