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Community Building Grant Program

Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies for
Capacity Building and Community Benefit Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF)

Deadline Date:

02/15/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Maine nonprofit organizations, schools, governmental and tribal agencies to strengthen communities within the State. Funding is intended for capacity building, new projects, and project expansion. To these ends, funds may be used for staff time, materials, technology, and equipment necessary to achieve the planned goals or outcomes.

The Community Building Grant Program will only support projects and organizations that meet all of the following criteria. Projects or organizations must:

1. Invest in people by strengthening skills, knowledge, abilities, and/or well-being of community members
2. Maximize assets by improving access to or the use of community-based resources, including people, organizations, and built and natural environments
3. Engage community by involving those who will benefit in the design, delivery, or evaluation of project activities and goals.

Specifically, the Community Building Grant Program awards two types of grants: project grants and capacity-building grants.

Project grants: Project grants are only for new or expanding projects that meet all three criteria listed below.
- New projects are those that are being implemented for the first time.
- Expanding projects have already been successfully implemented and will be serving a new or different population, geographic area, or include new services or content other than what was previously implemented.

Projects must have clear start and end dates and have defined goals or outcomes. Projects running for more than two years are not considered new projects and are not eligible for grants unless they are expanding.

Capacity-building grants: Capacity-building grants support community based-organizations that are actively engaged in work to strengthen their community. These grants will be awarded to support activities that will make an organization stronger, more successful, or more efficient. Capacity-building activities may include but are not limited to:

- Training for board, staff, or volunteers
- Improving financial management or information systems
- Acquiring technology to improve or expand services
- Developing new sources of earned income
- Strategic planning focused on achieving a specific goal.
- Capacity-building requests must include an explanation of how the activities will improve the organization.

Additionally, applicants for Community Building are encouraged to request support for “indirect” or administrative costs. Indirect costs must be no more than 20% of the total amount requested from MaineCF.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177591

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are available for up to $10,000.

Indirect costs must be no more than 20% of the total amount requested from MaineCF. To request support for indirect costs, include a line on the project budget labeled “Indirect” and calculate 20% of the total amount requested from MaineCF.

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.

The Community Building Grant Program cannot be used to support the following activities, programs, or expenses:

1. Ongoing activities: This includes activities that are part of the organization’s mission, with no clear start or end date, or those that have been implemented for more than two years and are continuing without expansion.
2. General operating expenses: This includes any expenses related to the daily operation or running of the organization. For example, rent, utilities, office equipment and supplies, insurance and general salaries for administrative staff or the executive director. While operating expenses may be included as “indirect costs,” they are not eligible as full requests.
3. Major capital expenses: This includes purchasing assets such as buildings, land, or vehicles.
4. Camperships: This includes funding for admission, enrollment, tuition or other costs related to short-term programs that are primarily recreational or social.
5. Endowments, capital campaigns or annual appeals

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2018 by 11:59 PM. Notification will be in early June 2018.

Community Building Grants can only be used to support projects or activities that occur after the grant has been awarded, usually by June 1. This means that requests for support for any activities or expenses that occur before June 1 will be declined.

General Guidelines:

Fiscal sponsorship policy and forms:

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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:

Amy Pollien, Grants Manager
(207) 412-2012

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine