Foundation / Corporation
Maine Community Foundation
09/15/17 11:59 PM
Grants of up to $10,000 to Maine nonprofits, public schools, public agencies, and Indian tribal governments for programs in the areas of early childhood and youth programming, environment and conservation, and arts and culture in the greater Portland area.
The geographic area includes Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Gorham, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland, Yarmouth, and Westbrook.
The Rines Thompson Fund will consider the following:
- New or Expanded Projects or Programs: Organizations may request support to develop and implement new programs or for the expansion of an existing program that is proven to be successful in meeting its stated objectives. Capital projects are generally not supported.
- Improve Organizational Effectiveness: Organizations may request support for activities focused on strengthening their operations or strategic focus, or improving program effectiveness in specific areas. Examples include long-range planning, use of technology to improve program delivery or operations, and board development.
- Operating Support: Organizations may request support for overhead and administrative costs that are a normal part of its mission. The organization should have a strong track record of performance and applicants must explain the organization’s effectiveness in carrying out its mission.
GrantWatch ID#: 172843
Maximum award: $10,000
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.
Ineligible for Funding:
- Educational institutions (K-12 public and private, higher education) and municipalities
- Requests from organizations that are outside the priority areas listed above
- Expenses that have already been incurred
- Capital campaigns or endowments and other activities designed to increase the capital or assets of an organization
- Scholarships and camperships
- 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
In order to have greater impact per request, organizations that received a grant are discouraged from submitting a request to the Rines/Thompson Fund the following year.
The online application opens for new proposals approximately nine months prior to the grant program deadline. Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on September 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the final decisions in late November.
Tips for a successful application:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
USA: Maine: Greater Portland area including Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Gorham, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland, Yarmouth, and Westbrook