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Maine Charity Foundation Fund Grant

Grants to Maine Nonprofits and Agencies to
Meet the Transportation Needs of Older Adults

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Maine Community Foundation - Maine Charity Foundation Fund

Deadline Date:

09/15/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Maine nonprofit organizations and government agencies to meet the transportation needs of older adults. Eligible requests include volunteer driver programs, transportation program expansions, transportation program improvements, and new social programs.


The Maine Charity Foundation Fund has a broadly defined goal of supporting “charitable and educational purposes within the State of Maine.” The specific priorities within this broad goal area are defined by an advisory committee.

New Focus:

Nearly a third of older people in Maine live in communities without access to public transportation. This can present many challenges as older adults outlive their ability to drive. For older people, especially those living in rural areas, this lack of transportation can result in missed medical appointments, malnutrition, and social isolation –  all significant threats to good health and quality of life.

For the 2018 grant cycle, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund (Maine Charity) grants will support community-based efforts to improve or increase access to transportation and/or to reduce social isolation for older people.

Types of Support - Maine Charity grants will only support the following types of requests:

1) New Volunteer Driver Programs: support to create new volunteer driver programs for older people in underserved communities and populations.

2) Transportation Program Expansions: support to expand existing transportation programs to new or underserved locations, on new days/times, or adding transportation services for new purposes (e.g., expanding transportation services from just medical appointments to also include supermarkets or social gatherings).

3) Transportation Program Improvements: support to improve the effectiveness and/or efficiency of existing transportation programs. This may include developing partnerships with other service providers, improving technology, and/or training and outreach.

4) New Social Programs: support for new programs that bring older people together, connect them with community groups and/or provide access to other social events, designed to reduce social isolation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include a plan for transportation for participants who need it. Awards will not support existing programs.

Priorities – Maine Charity grants will place priority on applications that do one or more of the following:

-Meet gaps in services/programs or provide service/programming where there is none currently (in the case of new or expanding programs)
-Creatively use existing resources
-Are clearly laid out and ready to implement.

Eligible Expenses:

All grant requests may include:
-All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant guidelines
-Staff time for program coordination
-Reimbursements or stipends for volunteers
-New software and/or technology
-Meetings for outreach to community members and organizations, and developing partnerships
-Inventories of existing programs or services, and identifying gaps
-Technical assistance.

Requirements :

All requests must include:
-An explanation of how the proposed programs or improvements will address existing gaps
-A plan for measuring the success of your program (e.g., increase in the number of riders, hours, or distances served, satisfaction surveys of participants and/or from organizations serving participants)
-Letters of agreement from proposed partner organizations
-A draft timeline for implementing the elements of the program
-Applicants for new transportation or social programs are strongly encouraged to consult or partner with an organization experienced in providing transportation to develop and help start their program (e.g., a CAP agency, senior center, local/regional nonprofit, Maine’s Impact Cancer Network, or regional transit provider).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173175

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant award: $10,000

Term of Contract:

Multi-year requests are ineligible. The grant period is one year, though an organization may submit requests in consecutive years.

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.    

Ineligible Expenses:
-Annual appeals and capital campaigns
-Multi-year requests (the grant period is one year, though an organization may submit requests in consecutive years)
-Expenses that have already been incurred.

Pre-Application Information:

Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM. on September 15.

Grant programs vary, but notification typically occurs within 10-12 weeks from the deadline date.

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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:

Laura Lee, Senior Program Officer
(207) 412-0838

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine