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Welch Charitable Fund Grant

Grants to Portland Area, Maine Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools for Education, Substance Abuse, and Arts Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Welch Charitable Fund, administered by Maine Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/01/17 11:59 PM


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Grants to Greater Portland area, Maine nonprofits, public agencies, Indian tribal governments, and public schools for programs and projects the focus on the areas of education, youth, arts and culture, health care, and alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation. Preference will be given to specific programs and projects in these areas, including capital campaigns (rather than operating support).

Types of funding often supported - this is a general list:

- New projects: activities that are distinct from ongoing programs and that have start and end dates.

- Expanding projects: the extension of a successful program to a new population or geographic location or to include a significant change in scope.

- Capacity building: projects that will strengthen an organization’s efficiency or effectiveness and that have clear goals or outcomes. For example, board training to develop fundraising capacity with specific goals.

- Capital expenses: can be part of the budget for a new or expanding project if they are necessary and directly related to the outcomes of the project. They can include materials, equipment, and costs related to building renovation.

- Personnel expenses: any staff salaries must be directly tied to a new or expanding project.

- Indirect costs: administrative overhead expenses of up to 20% of the total requested budget. When allowed, these should be included in the budget and labeled “Indirect costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172102

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who is eligible to apply:

- Nonprofit 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt organizations, including most municipalities
- Public schools
- Public agencies working for the State of Maine
- Indian tribal governments (or political subdivisions) recognized by the Department of the Interior
- Non-exempt groups with a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) organization, public school, or public agency (see Fiscal Sponsorship)

Applicants must serve the Greater Portland area.

Note: Eligible organizations that have received grants from other Maine Community Foundation funds in the last 12 months are still eligible to apply to the Welch Charitable Fund.

Not funded, without exception:

- Expenses already incurred
- Political campaigns
- Lobbying in the form of calls to action on a specific vote
- Religious activities: including, but not limited to, religious services, promotion of religious beliefs, or activities that are restricted to church or religious group membership.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Guidelines:

- Submit only one application per grant program, though organizations may submit an application to more than one grant program (even those that share the same deadline).

- Requests should be for future expenses only. Because grant applications take 10-12 weeks to process, plan the project start date accordingly.

- Requests should not exceed the maximum award for each individual grant program.

- Please only send information and materials requested in the grant program guidelines. Additional materials will not be reviewed.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Stephanie Eglinton
(207) 412-0837

Amy Pollien, Grants Manager

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: Greater Portland Area