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Welch Charitable Fund

Grants to Portland Area, Maine Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
for Youth, Education, Health, and Substance Abuse Rehabilitation

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Maine Community Foundation - Welch Charitable Fund

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 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 in the areas of education, youth, arts and culture, health care, and alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation. The fund supports specific projects and programs (rather than operating support). The fund has particular interest in discrete capital investments, including capital campaigns.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172102

Estimated Size of Grant:

In the last grant cycle, the average grant size was $12,800.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- 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.
- Applicants must serve the Greater Portland area.
- 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.

Ineligible funding:
- 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:

Applications are due by 11:59 PM on August 1. Notification in early October.

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).

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

MCF Online Grant System:

If you have any further questions regarding the Welch Charitable Fund, please contact Stephanie Eglinton at or by phone at (207) 412-0837.

If you have additional questions about grants please contact Amy Pollien, Grants Manager at

Maine Community Foundation
245 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605-1613

Maine Community Foundation
50 Monument Square, 6th Floor
Portland, ME 04101

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: Greater Portland area