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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:

02/15/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Maine nonprofit organizations, schools, and governmental and tribal agencies to strengthen communities within the State. Funding is intended for capacity building, new projects, and project expansion. The program focuses on efforts to use, improve, and increase access to community assets, including natural and built resources, as well as community members, local leaders, and the relationships or connections among people and organizations across the community. The Community Building Grant Program awards two types of grants: project grants and capacity-building grants.

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.

Project grants: Project grants are only for new or expanding projects that meet all three criteria listed above.
- 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.

Project and capacity-building requests may include staff time, technology, materials, and equipment that are necessary to achieve the planned goals or outcomes. Applicants 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:

The maximum grant awarded through the Community Building Grant program is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Community Building Grants can only be used to support projects or activities that occur after the grant has been awarded, usually by June 1.

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

Not Funded, 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

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2019 by 11:59 PM. Notification will be in early June 2019.

Submit only one application to the Community Building Grant Program, even if the proposed project serves more than one county. MaineCF staff will forward the application to all appropriate county and regional committees.

Requests should be for future expenses only. Because grant applications take 10-12 weeks to process, plan the project start date accordingly.

MaineCF will accept more than one application from large organizations (with budgets of $2 million and more), if the applicants are separate programs and serve different counties in Maine. Most large organizations have procedures to determine which departments or units can apply. Consult the program officer listed on the grant guidelines page before submitting multiple applications.

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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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USA: Maine