Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust

Grant size: $300 to $1,000
Application deadline: January 15

Recent Grants from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust Fund


The Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust was established in 1986 to help libraries better serve communities in Maine with a population of less than 10,000. Mr. Rudman frequently traveled throughout Maine, particularly Downeast, on business. He was struck by the commitment to learning and reading as evidenced by a library in the majority of towns he passed through, regardless of their size. He and Mrs. Rudman encourage libraries in smaller communities to continue and expand programming and outreach through the trust that bears their name.


The trust encourages creative solutions to the challenges faced by small libraries by supporting the following types of activities. Please remember that integration with the book collection is mandatory for programming and outreach activities; the intent of this grant is to encourage programming in conjunction with collection development. We understand that the function of the library is changing in reaction to community need; however, for the purpose of this fund, it really is all about the book.

  • Lively programming, e.g., speakers, storytellers, book discussions, children's performers, or cultural events tied to your collection
  • Collection development and programs tailored to meet unique local interests, e.g., history or "how-to"
  • Sharing resources through collective purchasing and cooperatives
  • Collaboration with community groups and agencies for programming and events tied to the library collection
  • Digitizing special collections
  • DVD classic collection development to enhance a print display of related or the same books
  • Author programs in conjunction with a month-long exploration of that particular genre
  • Concerts to celebrate  music in the children’s collection
Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant eligibility requirements. The Rudman Library Trust supports programs and activities that creatively and practically integrate with a library’s collection in meaningful ways for its patrons. You must explain how your proposal will enhance patrons’ knowledge of the wealth of information in your library.

The Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust invites applications from libraries serving communities in Maine with a population of less than 10,000 located in the following counties:

  • Aroostook
  • Hancock
  • Knox
  • Penobscot
  • Piscataquis
  • Waldo
  • Washington
The trust does not provide support for capital and operational expenses (including staff salaries) or for resources that are otherwise freely available in the state.  Requests for computer hardware or software will not be considered. The Rudman Trust does not cover building supplies, transportation, furniture, musical instruments, games, toys, prize incentives, stuffed animals, craft supplies, science kits, materials to make science or craft kits, telescopes, microscopes or refreshments.  It also does not pay for consultants or instructors.

The Rudman committee will not consider proposals for programming that has already occurred or is in progress (such as a wintertime Chewonki visit). Typically awards are sent out in early April, so please plan your event or program or purchase to take place after that time.

A note on e-readers: Kindles, Nooks, and other e-book readers are considered computer hardware and are not eligible for funding. Purchase of e-book titles, however, are considered collection development and will be allowed. The committee will also consider requests for the one-time start-up membership fee to the Maine State Library’s Downloadable Library, but not the ongoing annual membership fee.

How to Apply

MaineCF has moved to a new platform for our online grantmaking. For more information visit our Online Application Information page.

For questions about the online application, please contact Rudman Associate Liz Fickett at the Maine Community Foundation, (207) 412-2015 or

Project Progress Report

For 2017 Rudman grants, you will report your progress within the 2018 application. We have included questions on this year’s application that reference your 2017 grant.  Please answer them completely and upload any documents requested.  If you have any questions, please call Liz Fickett at 207-412-2015 or email her at