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Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund

Grants to Portland, Maine Nonprofits for
Early Childhood and Youth Leadership Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Maine Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/15/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $7,500 to Greater Portland Area, Maine nonprofit organizations, public schools, government agencies, and tribal governments to promote the positive development of children and youth. This program recognizes the importance of parents and early childcare providers in ensuring a child's readiness to enter school on a path to success, and the importance of youth leadership programs that help develop aspirations and abilities of youth.

The Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund focuses its grantmaking on Greater Portland organizations and programs that support:

-Young children aged birth to eight, their families and teachers
-Youth leadership for students through high school
-Collaboration between and among organizations is encouraged.

Types of funding (often supported):

This is a general list – not every type of funding is available in each grant program so be sure to consult the specific grant program to which you are applying.

-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#: 175048

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average grant size $5,000. Normally, grant awards do not exceed $7,500. It is the intention of the advisors to fully fund requests, as possible.

Term of Contract:

Requests should be for future expenses only.

Organizations that have received Daveis Fund grants in two consecutive years are requested to wait a year before applying again.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Maine Community Foundation General Grant Eligibility:

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.

Types of funding (often not supported):
-Many of the following expenses may not be funded, depending on the grant program. Be sure to consult the specific grant program to which you are applying.
-Operating support: ongoing administrative costs such as rent, utilities, office supplies, salaries (not tied to a specific project expense).
-Ongoing activities: continuing programs or projects that have no clear end date.
-Endowments or capital campaigns: activities leading up to a capital campaign such as feasibility studies as well as costs related to verbal or written requests for financial support such as fundraising events or appeal letters.
-Camp scholarships: funding for admission, enrollment, tuition, or other costs related to individual or group attendance at a short-term recreational or educational program.
-Capital expenses: purchases of property, equipment, or building materials related to the organization’s core operations.

What the Foundation will not fund, 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

All applicants to the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant eligibility requirements. In addition, please note that:

-Grants cannot pay for program expenses that have already been incurred
-Grants will not be made to annual funds or endowments

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 Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund.

Pre-Application Information:

Online applications must be completed by October 15 at 11:59 PM. Notifications will be issued in December.

Because grant applications take 10-12 weeks to process, plan the project start date accordingly.

A letter from the executive director of the collaborating organization is required to explain the level of involvement. For organizations partnering with schools, a letter from a school official is required.

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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:

If you have questions or would like to discuss an idea before submitting a proposal, please call:

Stephanie Eglinton, Senior Program Officer
(207) 412-0837

Amy Pollien, Grants Manager
(207) 412-2012

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: Greater Portland Area