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Available Grants and Deadlines

Maine Community Foundation grants support organizations serving numerous geographic and interest areas. The foundation also offers a small number of grants for individuals. Award sizes, deadlines, and priorities vary for each fund.

We have upgraded our online grant program. Our site looks different, but the application and your historical information remain unchanged. You may sign in to the new system using the email address associated with your account and your current password. If you don’t remember your password the system now includes a process for you to request a new one. If you don’t remember the email associated with your account please contact Amy Pollien, grants manager, at apollien@mainecf.org or toll free at 877-700-6800 ext 1109.

Please visit the links below or review the grant deadline calendar at the bottom of this page for more information.

Competitive Grant Programs

The Community Building Grant Program (including the County & Regional Grant Program) supports projects that help to build and strengthen Maine communities. All grant decisions are made by local volunteers with strong connections to, and knowledge about, Maine communities.

The Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund supports organizations and programs that address population control for cats and dogs.

The Belvedere Historic Preservation Grant Program supports the preservation or restoration of historic buildings in rural Maine communities.

The Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund supports early childhood and youth leadership programs in the greater Portland area.

Grants to Green provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits.

John & Ellen Emery Science Grants encourage AOS #91 teachers to promote the study of science in their classrooms. These grants should increase opportunities for students to understand science and its relevance to their daily lives and, perhaps, inspire some of them to pursue careers in science and related fields.

The Equity Fund supports organizations that serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community of Maine.

The Fund for Maine Land Conservation seeks to support projects that advance land conservation and strengthen the ability of land conservation organizations and entities to conserve land.

The Hospice Fund awards grants to programs that support end-of-life volunteer and bereavement services in Cumberland and York Counties.

The Maine Charity Foundation Fund makes grants for a wide array of charitable purposes across the state. See the Maine Charity Foundation Fund page for more information.

The Maine Expansion Arts Fund supports indigenous, ethnic, or rural arts programs or projects.

The Maine Steeples Project funds the preservation of church steeples of historic, cultural, and community significance.

The Maine Theater Fund supports professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater.

The Leonard and Renee Minsky Fund for Arts Education supports artists in residence to work with teachers to bring arts into the classrooms of grades three through five in the public schools of Penobscot and Washington Counties.

The Peaks Island Fund supports the work of local nonprofits that bring residents together to improve life on Peaks.

The People of Color Fund provides grants for organizations that serve communities of color across Maine.

The PF Fund for the Baldwin Area funds projects that focus on efforts to bring residents together and improve life in the community.

The Rines/Thompson Fund's grantmaking is focused on improving the welfare of the citizens of greater Portland.

The Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust provides grants to libraries serving communities in northern and eastern Maine with populations of less than 10,000.

The Savoy/Simpson Search and Rescue Fund benefits nonprofit search and rescue organizations in Maine and elsewhere.

The Welch Charitable Fund supports organizations in the greater Portland area with preference given to nonprofits working with youth, education, health care, alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation, and/or arts and culture.

Grants from Donor-Advised Funds

The foundation holds a number of funds from donors who recommend grants for projects that interest them. All proposals submitted through our regular grant cycles are reviewed by staff and may be referred to one or more donors through this process. The Maine Community Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals for grants from donor-advised funds. Please speak to a member of the grantmaking staff for more information.

Grants for Individuals

Several community foundation funds make grants to individuals for professional development and special projects. Please visit the Grants for Individuals page for more information.

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