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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

Deadline Date:

06/01/21 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. Funding is intended to support traditional handcrafts, including ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, metal crafts, fiber arts, basketry, glass arts, leather, and more. Also included are traditional Native American handcrafts. The Fund offers the following types of grants: project grants, general support grants, and capacity-building grants.

Project Grants for new or expanding projects:

  • New Project Grants are those that are no more than two years old (one year of pilot, one year of full implementation).
  • Expanding Project Grants have already been successfully implemented and will be serving a different population, geographic area, or include new services or content other than what was previously implemented. 

General support grants for ongoing work and operational needs ONLY for those organizations that focus solely on promoting traditional handcrafts in Maine

Capacity-building grants are for activities designed to strengthen traditional handcraft organizations to make them more efficient, increase their services, or improve their results. 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.

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.

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. The average grant size in the last cycle was $9,156.

Term of Contract:

Project grant requests 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.

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.

For information on fiscal sponsorship policy and forms:

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.

Apply online:

For more information, please contact:
Leslie Goode
(877) 700-6800

245 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605-1613

50 Monument Square, 6th Floor
Portland, ME 04101

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