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Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund

Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Schools, Agencies,
and Tribal Governments to Promote Handcrafted Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF)

Deadline Date:

06/01/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Maine nonprofit organizations, agencies, public schools, and Indian tribal governments for projects that promote handcrafts. Eligible projects include ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, metal crafts, fiber arts, basketry, glass arts, leather, and more. It also includes traditional Native American handcrafts.

The Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund offers two types of support: project grants and capacity-building grants.
- Project grants for new projects that are no more than one year in operation or expanding projects that include new services, populations, or regions.
- Capacity-building grants for activities that are designed to strengthen traditional handcraft organizations to make them more efficient, increase their services, or improve their results.

Sample activities and projects:
- Workshops and lectures that improve the understanding and appreciation of traditional handcrafts in Maine
- Demonstrations and exhibitions that inform about various traditional handcrafts
- Training for board and staff to improve fundraising and financial management
- Strategic planning with specific goals and action plans
- Technology upgrades to support more efficient operations.

Applications for project or capacity building grants must include:
- Clear beginning and end dates
- Goals or outcomes that are measurable.

Grant funds can be used to support:
- Staff time dedicated to the proposed project or capacity-building activities
- New equipment or materials that are necessary to achieve the goals or outcomes of the proposed activities
- Training for staff, volunteer or board members
- Administrative overhead (up to 20% of the requested funding).

The Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund will give priority to proposals that:
- Have the greatest potential to positively impact the community or the organization
- Will be sustained after Maine Community Foundation funding ends
- Include other sources of funding to support the proposed work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182980

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant size is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds cannot be used to support multi-year requests.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will be accepted from 501c3 nonprofits throughout Maine that present and/or promote traditional handcrafts.

Eligible Applicants Include:
- 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.

Grant funds cannot be used to support:
- Building construction, renovations, and/or landscaping
- Expenses for activities that take place before the grant is awarded
- General operating costs such as copy machines, rent, or utilities
- Annual appeals and capital campaigns
- Camp or tuition scholarships
- Multi-year requests

Will not be 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:

Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on June 1. Applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the day of the deadline, regardless of whether that day is on a weekend.

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

Submit only one application per grant program, though organizations may submit an application to more than one grant program (even those that share the same deadline).

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

Online application:

For more information, please contact:
Leslie Goode

If you have questions regarding the Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund, please contact the Maine Community Foundation, (877) 700-6800.

245 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605-1613

50 Monument Square, 6th Floor
Portland, ME 04101

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USA: Maine