Maine Charity Foundation Fund

Total grant applications received in the last cycle: 61 applications for a total of $359,319 in requests
Grant dollars awarded:
Average award:
Percentage of applicants that received grants: 31%
Number of grants awarded:
Additional dollars awarded through donor-advised fund referrals:
Application deadline:
September 15

Recent Grants from the Maine Charity Foundation Fund

The Maine Charity Foundation Fund priorities will be updated for the 2018 grant cycle. Please check this page after June 15.


The Maine Charity Foundation was established in 1921. In September of 1993, its assets were transferred to the Maine Community Foundation, where it became part of the competitive grant program. Since then, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund has distributed more than $1.6 million in grants to support a range of community-based programs.


The Maine Charity Foundation Fund has a broadly defined goal of supporting “charitable and educational purposes within the State of Maine.” The specific priorities within this broad goal area are defined by an advisory committee.


Based upon the vote of the advisory committee taken at its meeting on January 9, 2017, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund will focus its funding on programs for older people (age 60 or older). It will give special priority to programs that support those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged because they live in poverty and/or lack access to critical resources such as education, housing, food, and transportation. The aim of these priorities is to help older people remain vital, socially engaged, and contributing community members.

The Maine Charity Foundation Fund will accept applications in 2017 for projects focused on vulnerable or disadvantaged older people that:

  • Increase education about and access to available resources for older people
  • Engage older people in healthy and active pursuits
  • Provide transportation solutions
  • Reduce isolation by connecting people around a shared activity and interest.
Types of support: The Maine Charity Foundation Fund will award grants for new or ongoing projects only.


What is eligible:

  • All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant guidelines
  • Expenses for equipment that is critical to a project.

What is ineligible:

  • Annual appeals and capital campaigns
  • Multi-year requests (the grant period is one year, though an organization may submit requests in consecutive years)
  • Expenses that have already been incurred.

Maximum award: $7,500

Please note: Fund priorities and guidelines are reviewed and subject to change annually.

How to Apply

Complete the online grant application by clicking the link in the Online Grant Application box at the top right of this page. Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on September 15.

Project Progress Report

All grant recipients will be required to submit a Project Progress Report (Word Document) approximately 10 months after receiving payment of the grant. Organizations that fail to file a progress report will not be eligible for future funding from Maine Community Foundation competitive grant programs for one year or until the missing report is filed.


If you have any further questions regarding the Maine Charity Foundation Fund, please contact Senior Program Officer Laura Lee at (207) 412-0838 or

Maine Charity Foundation Fund Advisors

Steve Podgajny, Chair, Brunswick
Steve Farnham, Mapleton
Patty Hamilton, Bangor
Barbara Trafton, Auburn
Barbara Wentworth, Saco