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People of Color Fund

Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies that
Serve Minorities for Programs and Organizational Development

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Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) - People of Color Fund

Deadline Date:

03/15/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $7,500 and grants of up to $10,000 to Maine nonprofits, public schools, and government agencies for programs that serve communities of color in the areas of health, economic opportunity, and youth development. Funding may be used for programs or capacity building.

The People of Color Fund supports organizations led by and serving people of Native American, Latino, African, Arab, and Asian descent.

The goal of the People of Color Fund grant program is to help people of color in Maine to achieve greater equity by:
- Investing in the development of existing, new, and emerging leadership
- Supporting organizations that serve communities of color
- Changing policies and practices that negatively impact people of color because of their race.

The 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: Thanks to support from the Maine Health Access Foundation to address health disparities in Maine, the People of Color Fund will award funding (maximum grant of $7,500) to support projects that:
1. Increase access to and understanding of health care in Maine for people of color;
2. Build the capacity of organizations that help people of color understand and gain access to health care in Maine.

- Youth: Projects or organizations that provide education, mentoring, training, and cultural preservation and awareness.

- Economic opportunity: Projects or organizations that improve economic well-being, such as increasing access to employment, adult education, and professional development, supporting innovation, and promoting business development.

The People of Color Fund will award two types of grants:

Project grants for new or expanding projects. New projects are those being implemented for the first time. Expanding projects have already been successfully implemented and will serve 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 that run for more than two years are not considered new projects and are not eligible for grants unless they are expanding.

Capacity-building grants to increase the efficiency and effectiveness or organizations that serve communities of color. Capacity-building requests must include an explanation of how the activities will improve the organization. This includes:
- Board, staff, and/or volunteer training
- Creating and implementing business plans
- Improving services and programs
- Improving financial management.

Capacity-building requests must include an explanation of how the activities will improve the organization.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177592

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant awarded through the People of Color Fund grant program is $10,000. For Health: programs, the maximum grant is $7,500.

Term of Contract:

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 15. This means that requests for support for any activities or expenses that occur before June 15 will be declined.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- 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 People of Color Fund supports organizations that give voice to people of color and that engage people of color in developing solutions and services in their home communities. This means:
- Only organizations that have people of color in positions of leadership on staff or board will be considered for funding.
- The fund will only support projects in which a majority of the participants or intended recipients are people of color.

The 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-Application Information:

If you wish to prepare the application in advance, you may use the downloadable narrative questions and organization budget form found in Supporting Documents below.

Online applications must be completed by March 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:

Lelia DeAndrade
Phone: (207) 412-0843

For questions on the application process:
Amy Pollien, Grants Manager
Phone: 1-877-700-6800 ext 2012

Ellsworth Office
Maine Community Foundation
245 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605

Phone: (207) 667-9735
Fax: (207) 667-0447

Portland Office
Maine Community Foundation
50 Monument Square, Sixth Floor
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 761-2440
Fax: (207) 761-2459

Toll-free: (877) 700-6800

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine