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Sam L. Cohen Foundation Grant

Grants to Maine Nonprofits and Agencies for Arts,
Civic, Education, Health, and Jewish Cultural Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 177066
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Sam L. Cohen Foundation



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Grants of up to $50,000 to Maine nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and governmental agencies for programs and projects that benefit those living in Cumberland and/or York Counties, or that benefit people living in the State of Maine. LOIs are due by February 1. Funding will specifically be provided for proposals focusing on one or more of the following areas:

- Arts and Culture
- Civic and Community
- Education
- Health and Human Services
- Jewish Culture and Traditions

Priority will be given to organizations and projects that:

- Support the underserved, disadvantaged, or those who do not have the resources to provide opportunities for themselves.
- Make a significant difference in people's lives, assuring them a fulfilling and productive future.
- Promote human rights and understanding among peoples, address racial and religious discrimination and hatred, and foster peace through education.
- Demonstrate a broad base of community support.
- Use collaboration as a means to leverage resources.

The Sam L. Cohen Foundation will consider responsive grant requests for amounts up to $50,000; however, the average grant size awarded is less than $15,000.

In general, the Foundation will not support projects requiring a multi-year commitment.

Applicants must:

- Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit;
- Use a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit;
- Be a church, synagogue, temple or mosque; or
- Be a political subdivision of the State of Maine that is exempt from federal tax.

Eligible Types of Requests:

The Foundation will support new programs, on-going programs, general operations in certain circumstances, and capital improvements.

Ineligible Types of Requests:

- In general, the Foundation will not support annual fund appeals, and endowments.
- Typically grants will not be awarded to the same organization in two consecutive years.
- Organizations that have received a prior grant from the Foundation are not eligible to submit another application until the Foundation directors have received a written report of the results of previously funded projects.

Steps to Apply:

1. Create Account/New Application:

If you are new to the online system, click on the link in the Contact Information section below to create a new account.

You will be prompted to enter an email address and password for your organization's account. An automated email will be sent to you with your account password. After creating an account, the system sends you to a new application.

2. Eligibility Screening:

The first page to appear for a new application is the Eligibility Screening. Please answer the questions to confirm you are eligible to apply to the Foundation and to move on to the next step.

Each organization should create only one account in order to maintain a history of all applications submitted to the Sam L. Cohen Foundation. Be sure to monitor the account email, as it will be used for all notifications from the Foundation.

4. Initial Inquiry: If you already have an account, click on the appropriate link in the Contact Information section below to begin the LOI application process. You will be prompted to enter the email and password for your organization's account. There is an option for accessing a forgotten password.

The Initial Inquiry requests brief information in three areas: organization, contact, and project/request. After you submit the online form, the Foundation will contact you about the status of your inquiry.

The deadline to submit an LOI is February 1.

5. Full Application:

If you are invited to submit a Full Application, you will receive information about how to return to your account to select the Full Application link. Information that you provided in the Initial Inquiry will be pre-loaded into the application. Please contact the Foundation if you wish to make changes to the request amount or the nature of the project at this stage. The Full Application includes additional questions (in bold) related to the organization and project/request. It also requires that you upload documents such as your organization's budget (see Supporting Documents section below for links to examples).

Full Applications are due by March 1.

You may preview the full application template by viewing the PDF attached below. Initial Inquiries and Full Applications, however, will only be accepted through the online system.

Click here for more information about application submission instructions:

Click here for more information about deadlines:

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

If you are new to the online system, click here to create a new account:

If you already have an account, click here to start the LOI application process:

Staff Contact Information:

John Shoos, Executive Director
Phone: 207-871-5600, ext. 106

Dana Baldwin, Program Officer
Phone: 207-871-5600, ext. 101

Gloria Nicholson, Grants and Finance Administrator
Phone: 207-871-5600, ext. 107

Applicants must be located in, or primarily benefitting residents living in, Cumberland and/or York Counties, Maine, or benefiting people throughout Maine.

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