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Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund

Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools,
and Tribes for Programs to Increase Social Equity

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Maine Community Foundation - Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund

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Deadline Date:

02/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Maine nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and tribes for efforts to increase social equality. Funding is intended to support individuals who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Grant funds may be used to support capacity-building efforts or to support new or expanding projects. The fund supports organizations that are led by and serving people of Native American, Latino, African, Arab, and Asian descent.

The goal of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund grant program is to help people of color in Maine achieve greater equity by:

  • Investing in existing, new, and emerging leadership and nonprofit organizations
  • Changing policies and practices that negatively impact people of color, because of their race
  • Supporting efforts to alleviate the impact of race-based discrimination and disparities.

The Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund has three focus areas. While applications for other projects will be accepted and reviewed, the committee will give priority to the areas of interest listed below when awarding grants.

  • Health: The Fund will award funding to support projects that:
    • Increase access to and understanding of health care in Maine for people of color
    • Build the capacity of organizations that help people of color understand and gain access to health care in Maine.
  • Leadership development: Projects or organizations that provide skill building, training, and mentorship for people of color.
  • Economic opportunity: Projects or organizations that improve economic well-being, such as increasing access to employment opportunities, access to education and professional development, and supporting business development.
To be considered for funding all applications to the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color fund must meet all three of the following criteria:
  • Involve people of color who are:
    • In leadership positions on board and staff of the organization
    • Involved in the design, delivery, and evaluation of the programs and services
    • Most of the participants or intended recipients.
  • Increase racial equity through improving:
    • Access to resources
    • The knowledge/skills or resilience of people of color
    • Ability to overcome race-based barriers and disparities.
  • Use local resources: the project and organization involves community organizations, services, buildings, land, the expertise of community members and/or natural resources (ex., land, water, etc.).

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund grants will be awarded to support organizations and projects that meet all three criteria and that have the greatest potential to positively impact the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177592

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant awarded through the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund grant program is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Nonprofit, charitable organizations tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and also classified as an organization described in sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2)
- Municipalities
- Public schools
- Public agencies working for the State of Maine
- Indian tribal governments (or political subdivisions) recognized by the Department of the Interior
- Groups without any tax status may apply with a fiscal sponsor that is an eligible organization as described above. (See for information on fiscal sponsorships).

All applicants 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
- Grants must support organizations that are led by and serving people of Native-American, Latino, African, Arab, and/or Asian descent.

The Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund grant program cannot be used to support the following activities, programs, or expenses:
- 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.
- 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.
- Major capital expenses: This includes purchasing building, land, or vehicles.
- Camperships: This includes funding for admission, enrollment, tuition or other costs related to short-term programs that are primarily recreational or social.
- Endowments, capital campaigns, or annual appeals.

Pre-proposal Conference:

MaineCF is offering an information session for the 2021 Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund grant program on Thursday, January 7, at 12:00-1:00 p.m. To attend the information session you must register using this link:

Pre-Application Information:

Online applications must be completed by February 15 at 11:59 p.m. Applicants will be notified of the final decisions in early June.

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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.

Online application:

If you have any further questions about the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund, please contact Gloria Aponte C., by e-mail at, or by phone at (207) 761-2440.

Maine Community Foundation
245 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605-1613

50 Monument Square, 6th Floor
Portland, ME 04101

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