Maine Community Foundation Grant Programs

In 2016, the Maine Community Foundation distributed $33.5 million in grants and scholarships from its charitable funds.

The newly restored Grand Auditorium marquee. Photo by Mario Moretto for the Bangor Daily News, used by permission. Uploaded Sept. 28, 2012

Grantmaking is one of the community foundation’s community-building strategies. The foundation also administers scholarships, designs and participates in initiatives, provides technical assistance to grantseekers, and convenes groups to address new and emerging issues.

Competitive Grants

Grant programs that accept proposals can be found on the Available Grants page.

Detailed descriptions, including eligibility, application guidelines and deadlines can be found on the individual grant program pages.

Successful proposals meet three criteria:

  • They use existing resources to strengthen community life
  • They strengthen communities’ and organizations’ ability to meet future challenges
  • They are sustainable or have a lasting impact after MaineCF grant funding is complete.

Connecting Donors to Causes They Care About

The majority of Maine Community Foundation grant awards come from donor-advised funds.

Donor advisors are a vital part of the foundation because of their contributions of knowledge, expertise, connections, time, and financial resources.

In order to better support donors’ philanthropy and provide the maximum financial support possible to meet community needs, staff augments the funds available through our competitive grant programs by connecting donors to organizations, issues, and approaches aligned with their interests.

We refer proposals to donors that we receive in conjunction with our competitive grant programs, with an emphasis on our major grant deadlines of February 15 and September 15.

Photo: The Grand Auditorium  installed a  restored marquee with support from MaineCF’s Belvedere Fund for Historic Preservation and Hancock County Fund. Photo by Mario Moretto for the Bangor Daily News