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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.

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

New: The Adult Learner Partnership

Please note: Letters of intent are due by April 15. Full proposals will be requested by May 1, with a proposal deadline of May 30.

The Maine Community Foundation invites organizations that serve adult and non-traditional students to apply to the Adult Learner Partnership program.

The Adult Learner Partnership program will provide scholarship and grant support along with peer learning opportunities to up to five selected organizations focused on transitioning adult learners into two- or four-year degree-granting programs. Selected programs will form a peer-learning circle with the purpose of providing support, sharing best practices, and helping to inform MaineCF’s longer-term focus in this area. Funding for the partnership will be provided through two Maine Community Foundation component funds: the Maine Rural Education Fund and the Thomas W. Musgrave and Beulah Long Musgrave Scholarship Fund.

This is a pilot program for one year.

Selected Adult Learner Partnership will receive:
1.    Up to $5,000 to support the operations and growth of their program from the Maine Rural Education Fund;
2.    Up to $15,000 in scholarship support from the Musgrave Scholarship Fund for the students they enroll in two-or four-year degree-granting programs.

In return, participating organizations will be expected to participate as a group in two peer-learning sessions with MaineCF staff to explore promising practices that lower barriers for adults to pursue and complete college degrees.

Please note: Recipients of the Musgrave Scholarship will also need to satisfy the following criteria:
•    Have been Maine residents for a minimum of five years;
•    Can demonstrate financial need;
•    Show good character and have never committed a felony. 

Eligible programs will:
•    Be fundamentally focused on transitioning adult learners into college degree programs. (Programs may serve traditional students as well, but adult learners should form a core constituency.)
•    Have an established program focused on providing transitional support for adults entering college. This can include: assistance applying to college; academic assessment and preparation; and career, college, and financial aid counseling.
•    Be a 501c3 organization or operate under the auspices of a 501c3 organization.

To apply: submit a Letter of Intent by midnight, April 15, 2014.

Your letter of intent should not exceed two pages and should be e-mailed as a PDF to Cherie Galyean, education and scholarship manager, at cgalyean@mainecf.org.

In your letter of intent, please address the following:
•    A description of your program, including the number of staff, the number of clients served, the services offered, annual budget, overseeing entity (if applicable),and the number of students that transition into college each year. In your description please share how your approach and philosophy encourages college completion in Maine. What philosophy drives your work?
•    What are your organizational goals? How do you measure your progress to these goals?
•    Do you have a scholarship program for your students? If so, describe your application and selection process. If not, explain how you would develop such a process.
•    What interests you about the Adult Learner Partnership opportunity? What would you like to share with and learn from other adult learner programs?

Full proposals will be requested by May 1, with a proposal deadline of May 30. Final awardees will be notified June 15 for awards to begin for the 2014-15 academic year.

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.

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 helps elementary school teachers in Washington and Penobscot Counties to bring art into the classroom.

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 Penobscot Valley Health Association Fund supports organizations and projects that enhance the well being of the greater Bangor community.

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

The Ram Island Conservation Fund 25/25 Endowment Challenge is a one-to-one matching opportunity in which land trusts must raise $25,000 in new funds to secure a $25,000 grant.

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 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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