Total grant applications received in the last cycle: 88 applications for a total of $684,800 in requests
Grant dollars awarded: $78,400
Average award: $6,031
Percentage of applicants that received grants: 15%
Number of grants awarded: 13
Additional dollars awarded through donor-advised fund referrals: $34,000
Application deadline: September 15
Recent Grants from the Maine Charity Foundation Fund
The Maine Charity Foundation was established in 1921. In September of 1993, its assets were transferred to the Maine Community Foundation, where it became part of the competitive grant program. Since then, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund has distributed more than $1.6 million in grants to support a range of community-based programs.
The Maine Charity Foundation Fund has a broadly defined goal of supporting “charitable and educational purposes within the State of Maine.” The specific priorities within this broad goal area are defined by an advisory committee.
Based upon the vote of the advisory committee taken at its meeting on January 9, 2017, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund will focus its funding on programs for older adults (age 60 or older). It will give 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 aim of these priorities is to help older adults remain vital, socially engaged, and contributing community members.
The Maine Charity Foundation Fund will accept applications in 2017 for projects focused on vulnerable or disadvantaged older adults that:
- Increase education about and access to available resources for older adults
- Engage older adults in healthy and active pursuits
- Provide transportation solutions
- Reduce isolation by connecting people around a shared activity and interest.
Geographic Focus: Based on current funding available at the Maine Community Foundation, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund will focus grant support outside Greater Portland.
Types of support: The Maine Charity Foundation Fund will award grants for new or ongoing projects only.
What is eligible:
- All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant guidelines
- Expenses for equipment that is critical to a project.
What is ineligible:
- Annual appeals and capital campaigns
- Multi-year requests (the grant period is one year, though an organization may submit requests in consecutive years)
- Expenses that have already been incurred.
Maximum award: $7,500
Please note: Fund priorities and guidelines are reviewed and subject to change annually.
How to Apply
Complete the online grant application by clicking the link in the Grant Application box at the top right hand corner of this page. Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on September 15.
Project Progress Report
All grant recipients will be required to submit a Project Progress Report (Word Document) 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.
If you have any further questions regarding the Maine Charity Foundation Fund, please contact Program Officer Laura Lee at (207) 412-0838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.