Belvedere Historic Preservation Fund

Additional energy efficiency funding will be awarded through the Belvedere Fund in 2018 – stay tuned until February 1.

Total applications received in the last grant cycle: 40 applications for a total of $556,000 in requests
Grant dollars awarded: $256,400
Average award: $11,655
Percentage of applicants that received grants: 55%
Number of grants awarded: 22
Application deadline: June 1

Recent Grants from the Belvedere Historic Preservation Grant Program


The Belvedere Historic Preservation Fund offers grants to support the preservation or restoration of historic buildings statewide.

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center mansion in Livermore restored windows with a grant from the Belvedere Historic Preservation Grant Program.


The grant program focuses on the preservation and reuse of historic buildings that serve as civic, cultural, or economic hubs for communities. Grants will primarily be focused on capital projects. The committee will consider the following criteria:

  • The property’s historical significance at the local, state, or national level
  • Extent to which the property is threatened
  • The organizational readiness of the applicant to accomplish the proposed work and the likelihood of the project’s completion within a year.

All proposed projects must be for historic buildings listed or in the process of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places. All proposed projects must follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation.

Applicants who have questions about the standards or need assistance in ensuring that their plans conform to the standards please email or call Mike Johnson at the Maine Preservation Commission, (207) 287-2949.

The maximum grant award is $20,000. If a project’s total budget is larger than $20,000, the application should be for only a portion or phase of the project. Strong preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate how other sources of support will be combined with a grant from this program to accomplish the proposed work.

Eligibility Requirements

All grantees must be eligible to accept tax-deductible donations as outlined in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grantees must immediately notify the foundation of any change in or challenge to their tax-exempt status (as determined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) before the end of the grant period.

The community foundation will consider awarding grants for charitable activities of non-exempt groups that have an established relationship with a tax-exempt fiscal sponsor, if:

  • The non-exempt group operates as a not-for-profit and has an oversight committee or advisory board comprised of more than one individual
  • The program or project for which the non-exempt group is seeking funding falls within the tax-exempt purposes of the sponsoring organization, and the two groups have established a relationship prior to applying to the foundation for funding
  • Unless all grant funds will be held and disbursed directly by the fiscal sponsor, the non-exempt group must have its own federal employer identification number (EIN)
  • A signed copy of the community foundation's Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement Form (PDF | RTF) summarizing the terms of the relationship and the responsibilities of the non-exempt group and the fiscal sponsor must be submitted with the application.

The Maine Community Foundation will make grants to religious groups, but will not make grants for religious purposes. No part of any grant may be used for a political campaign, or to support attempts to influence legislation of any governmental body other than through making available the results of non-partisan analysis, study, and research.

No portion of the award may be granted to a secondary grantee without the express permission of the foundation.

How to Apply

Please use the online application link at the top of this page to apply for Belvedere Historic Preservation Fund grants.

Terms and Conditions

All successful applicants will be required to sign and return a grant agreement form that ensures the project will conform with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation (see above).

A term of award lasts for 12 months. At the end of this period, any unexpended grant funds should be returned to the foundation. If the project cannot be completed within the 12-month period, the organization may apply in writing for an award extension.

All awards are made for the purposes stated in the application and award letter. If awarded funds cannot be spent in the manner originally described in the application or award letter, the organization must contact the community foundation for permission to change the way the funds are expended. If the change is significant, a written request may be required. The Maine Community Foundation reserves the right to require the return of grant funds.

Grants must be returned if the recipient loses its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status before the end of the term of award.

Project Progress Report

All grant recipients will be required to submit an online Project Progress Report approximately 10 months after receiving payment of the grant. Organizations that fail to file a progress report will not be eligible for future funding from Maine Community Foundation competitive grant programs for one year or until the missing report is filed. 


For questions on technical aspects of historic preservation and the eligibility of proposed projects for this grant program, please email or call Mike Johnson at the Maine Preservation Commission, at (207) 287-2949.

For questions about the application or review process, please contact Maggie Drummond-Bahl at the Maine Community Foundation, by e-mail or by phone, toll-free, at (877) 700-6800.