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Maine Charity Foundation Fund

Total grant dollars requested last cycle: $399,483
Total grant dollars awarded last cycle: $73,622
Percentage of proposals that received full funding: 67%
Percentage of proposals that received partial funding: 33%
Maximum grant size: $5,000
Average grant size last cycle: $3,506
Application deadline: September 15


As Maine's first community foundation, the Maine Charity Foundation was established in 1921 to receive and hold individual charitable funds and distribute the income for charitable purposes in the State. In September of 1993, administration of the Maine Charity Foundation was transferred to the Maine Community Foundation.


The following funding priorities have been identified by the fund's advisory committee:

  • Start-up money for an organization or project
  • Projects that involve the disabled or economically disadvantaged, as long as the project is not supported by a national campaign or public money
  • Libraries
  • Symphonies
  • Hospice care
  • Projects that are related to the Friendship, Maine area
  • Discrete projects as opposed to general operating support
  • Small requests from social service organizations for "bricks and mortar" or purchase of necessary equipment
Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant eligibility requirements. In addition, please note that:

  • Grants cannot pay for program expenses that have been incurred.
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. September 15.

Project Progress Report

All grant recipients will be required to submit a Project Progress Report (PDF | RTF | 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 Cathy Melio via e-mail or by phone at (877) 700-6800.

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