Recent Grants: People of Color Fund

2016 Grants

    • Consumers for Affordable Health Care Foundation, to connect communities of color with health coverage through training and support: $7,500
    • Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, to continue work to increase health equity access among prisoners of color and to expand mentoring work among young people of color involved in the justice system: $7,500
    • Penobscot Nation Boys and Girls Club, for the Back to Basics overnight camp that will train Wabanaki youth about traditional foods and medicines, health disparities experienced by Native Americans, and tobacco use prevention: $7,500
    • Somali Bantu Community of Lewiston, Maine, to support an afternoon elder care program for members of the Bantu community, which will provide transportation, nutrition, and a bridge to services for older adults in the community: $7,500
    • In Her Presence, for Healthcare 101 and language acquisition programs led by and organized for immigrant women: $7,400
    • New Mainers Public Health Initiative, for outreach and education to improve the quality, quantity, and comfort levels of immigrant women in obtaining cervical and breast cancer screenings: $6,400
    • New Mainer Integration Center, for community outreach and strategic planning to establish the New Mainer Integration Center in Portland: $2,000
    • Intercultural Community Center, to engage community members of color as teaching staff and role models to assist students of color in Power School, an after-school STEM program: $5,000
    • Nee-loon, to teach and record tribal youth to sing songs in the Passamaquoddy language as a tool for language revitalization and preservation: $6,000
    • Penobscot Nation Girls and Boys Club, for the Culturally Strong Youth Program, which will teach tribal youth skills to create traditional garments through workshops with elders: $6,000
    • Seven Eagles Media Production, to develop an educational exhibit to demonstrate the importance of cultural practices and environmental issues that threaten traditional resources, specifically brown ash to weave baskets : $6,000
    • Tree Street Youth, to hire a program coordinator to expand the college prep program to include middle school youth and to increase support for alumni who have delayed college: $6,000
    • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, to conduct focus groups around the state with clients, nonprofit partners, and service providers to evaluate services and identify gaps and barriers to service: $5,500
    • Empower the Immigrant Woman, to support an annual conference and resource program: $5,000
    • Maine African Partnership for Social Justice, to develop and implement the Maine African Youth Empowerment Workshop, which helps African youth navigate educational and career challenges: $5,000
    • New Mainers' Tenants Association, to develop a housing ambassador program that will provide outreach and training to vulnerable tenants about tenants' rights, laws, and how to take action against discrimination: $5,000
    • Community Financial Literacy, for staff training to develop and advance skills in areas of credit building, income-based repayment plans, debt reduction, working with diverse clients, and other work-relevant topics: $3,000
    • University of Maine School of Law Foundation, for the Multicultural Law Society to hold a workshop for students, faculty, and local high schools on implicit bias and achieving diversity in the legal profession: $1,000

    2015 Grants

    • American Friends Service Committee, Wabanaki Program - Native Youth Development: $5,000
    • Community Financial Literacy, to support the College Access Counseling program in Lewiston: $5,000
    • Gedakina, Inc., for an outdoor leadership program for Native American youth leaders: $5,000
    • Hand in Hand / Mano en Mano, for a civic engagement program in the Latino community in Washington County: $3,000
    • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, for ILAP strategic planning: $7,500
    • Living With Peace, to promote entrepreneurship among immigrant women: $5,000
    • ROIL, to support the creation of a youth performance about race and the justice system: $7,000
    • Somali Bantu Youth Association, to provide sewing classes to immigrants and refugees: $5,000
    • Strong Mind-Strong Body, Inc., to provide a summer program for 50 Maine youth: $2,731
    • Tree Street Youth, to expand the Street Leader program to middle school and post-high school students: $5,000

    2014 Grants

    • Islamic Society of Portland, Maine, to develop leadership, professionalism, problem-solving skills, and promote communication among high school students of diverse backgrounds  through regional and national MIST competition: $2,000
    • Speaking Place, to support "Shopping for Girls," a documentary film and social process about Passamaquoddy families moving beyond the specific traumas of racism, violence, and the failure of the justice system: $4,000
    • Slim Peace Groups, Inc., to develop healthy eating habits, learn about nutrition, and develop self-esteem while breaking down stereotypes, led by a registered dietitian and group facilitator: $5,400
    • Cultivating Community, to create summer staff positions for one to two young people, ages 18 to 24, as both graduates of Youth Growers and members of the immigrant community, to mentor Youth Grower participants: $6,000
    • Tree Street Youth, to support diverse youth in building social capital and gaining experiences that will support their aspirations toward higher education and exploring opportunities through the annual Summer College Challenge and College Exploration: $6,100
    • Cumberland District Public Health Council, to connect underserved communities in Greater Portland with needed public health and health care services, and empower them to take control of their own health: $6,600
    • International Christian Fellowship, to establish a new, separate, and secular organization that separates secular programs and activities from the church and to train three people to take leadership roles in its two largest service programs: $7,200
    • Somali Culture and Development Association, for a new Maine Access Immigrant Network website that will increase visibility and awareness of MAIN's programs, services and events, and share multilingual health and Affordable Care Act resources: $7,440
    • United Somali Women of Maine, for Project SHIFA: $7,470
    • American Friends Service Committee, to engage Native American youth from Maine's four tribes to participate in Maine's Truth and Reconciliation process: $7,500
    • Community Financial Literacy, to build the capacity in staff fundraising skills by contracting a grantwriting consultant who will train and mentor CFL staff in grant researching and writing: $7,500
    • Four Directions Development Corp., for an impact evaluation of FDDC's lending and financial education services on Indian Island: $7,500
    • Friends of Portland Adult Education, to provide a contextualized health course for new Mainers to pursue careers in the medical field: $7,500
    • Gedakina, Inc., to address hunger, provide access to health and nutritious food, and promote sustainable food systems for Native American people in Maine by organizing educational sessions led by traditional ecological knowledge keepers and elders: $7,500
    • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, to support a technology upgrade that will increase efficiency and effectiveness of ILAP's immigration legal services for low-income immigrants in Maine: $7,500
    • Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, to support building next generation leadership in the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance: $7,500
    • Portland Public School Department, to support Make IT Happen!, Raising and Realizing Academic Aspirations of English Language Learners: $7,500
    • Somali Bantu Community of Lewiston, Maine, to support the Women's Basket Weaving Project of women who have grown a cottage industry in Maine by weaving and selling traditional Somali Bantu baskets online: $7,500
    • Somali Bantu Youth Association of Maine, to increase and expand health care access within the Somali Bantu community: $7,500
    • Wabanaki Health and Wellness, Inc., to support health and wellness coordination and programming that has been requested by Wabanaki communities and individuals: $7,500

    2013 Grants

    • Hand in Hand en Mano, to provide a Passamaquoddy culture and language class in Calais High School and Shead Memorial High School: $1,145
    • American Friends Service Committee, to support the AFSC Wabanaki Program - Truth and Reconciliation Commission Native Youth Initiative: $7,500
    • Community Financial Literacy, for support to attend a professional development/leadership training for staff members and funding to develop a job training curriculum: $7,500
    • Somali Bantu Community of Lewiston, Maine, to support a women's basket-making cooperative in the Lewiston-Auburn area: $7,500
    • Somali Bantu Youth Association of Maine, to implement computerized GED preparation courses for high school dropouts and advance-level parents:     $7,500
    • Tree Street Youth, to support the Intercultural Community Exchange Intern program: $7,500
    • Wabanaki Health and Wellness, Inc., for the engagement and support of community members affected by the truth-telling process of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Wellfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission: $7,500

    2012 Grants

    • American Friends Service Committee, for the AFSC Wabanaki Program's Truth and Reconciliation Commission/Healing Circles Project: $7,500
    • Committee to Restore the Abyssinian Meetinghouse, to collaborate on several projects to research, document and interpret the heritage of African American residents in southern Maine and their participation in anti-slavery activities between 1830 and 1865, which will form the basis of an exhibit, walking tour, and theatrical production: $7,500
    • Four Directions Development Corporation, to strengthen the business development capacity in Wabanaki Communities by supporting its business program manager in the completion of courses leading to certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional: $5,400
    • Mano en Mano, to support a cash match for AmeriCorps member to provide support for English as a Second Language students in MSAD #37: $7,500
    • Penobscot Indian Nation, to train tribal archeologists and students to lead a pilot Native American archeology field experience as a marketable "voluntourism" opportunity: $6,225
    • Somali Bantu Community of Lewiston, Maine, to support the Women's Empowerment Program, successfully pioneered in 2011, that provides a series of forums for the women in the Somali Bantu community where they could come together to share information and experiences with housing, employment, literacy, education, health, safety, and women's issues: $5,000
    • Somali Bantu Youth Association, to educate immigrant and refugee parents and youth about juvenile justice system: $7,500

    2011 Grants

    • Passamaquoddy Medicine Project, to produce a two-page medicine summary with elders in the Pleasant Point & Peter Dana Point communities to preserve Passamaquoddy medicine knowledge: $7,500
    • Penobscot Indian Nation, to support the Wabanaki Scholars' Symposium organized by the Penobscot Cultural & Historic Preservation Department: $5,520
    • Penobscot Nation Boys and Girls Club, for a prevention program for Native American youth in the Penobscot Nation community: $4,500
    • Seven Eagles Media Production, to support the Maine Wabanaki Tribal-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation documentary project: $5,000
    • Trinity Episcopal Church - Urban Ministry Center, for the "street leader" project that will provide paid internships for nine students (majority will be students of color) who will act as mentors to elementary age youth throughout the summer months while receiving leadership/job training coupled with college: $7,000
    • Community Financial Literacy, to support Phase 1 of the Train the Trainer Program for members of Maine's multicultural communities, including development of curriculum and recruitment of up to 15 volunteer trainees: $5,500
    • Gedakina, to support professional development of counselors as well as meals and supplies for youth participating in the Wilderness/Adventure Counseling initiative, an outdoor experiential education program for Native at-risk youth: $5,000
    • Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, to support youth mentors and apprenticeships in MIBA workshops and the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program: $5,000
    • Daniel Hanley Center For Health Leadership, to support the planning process for a new Health Ambassadors program that will address health disparities in under-served populations in Maine: $2,500
    • Portland Police Department, to offer two paid summer internships to Portland youth of color: $5,000