Peaks Island Fund

Total applications received in the last grant cycle: 9 applications for a total of $81,316
Grant dollars awarded: $80,000
Average award: $8,888
Percentage of applicants that received grants: 100
Number of grants awarded: 9
Application deadline: June 1

Recent Grants from the Peaks Island Fund

Peaks Island Fund Grantee: Illustration Institute

Lizzy Rockwell talks about her work as an artist in residence at the Illustration Institute. The nonprofit organization is supported by a grant from the Peaks Island Fund.


The Maine Community Foundation’s Peaks Island Fund supports Peaks Island organizations that assist the island community. The fund, established in 2004, was created by and continues to be supported through the generosity of Peaks Island residents.

Please use the links provided for more information.


To be considered for funding the applicant organization and proposed project must meet all four of the following criteria:

  • serves Peaks Island community members
  • impacts Peaks Island residents directly within the next year
  • has potential for continuing impact on the community
  • includes clear financial documentation (purchases of equipment or services must include estimates provided by external contractors).


Peaks Island Fund will give priority to projects or organizations that:

  • help to reduce economic barriers to living on the island
  • provide or increase access to educational and enrichment programs for youth
  • preserve and protect the built and natural environment, including projects that reduce energy consumption and increase year-round social and cultural resources for the community.

Types of Support

The Peaks Island Fund will award grants to support: 1) new or expanding projects; 2) capacity building; 3) general operations; 4) equipment or renovations; 5) rapid response.

1. Project support for new or expanding projects
  • New projects are those being implemented for the first time.
  • Expanding projects are existing projects that will serve a different population or include new services or content other than what was previously implemented.
2. Capacity-building support is for activities designed to make an organization stronger, more successful, or more efficient. This includes:
  • training board, staff, or volunteers
  • improving financial management and development.

3. General operating support for organizations whose core mission is clearly and directly related to the fund’s priority areas (see above). Organizations may apply each year for operating support of $10,000 annually with a maximum of $20,000 over two consecutive years. Organizations that receive two consecutive years of general operating support must wait two years after the second grant is awarded before they can apply again for general operating support. 
4. Equipment or renovation support needed to meet an organization’s mission. These renovations or equipment cannot be related to or part of a capital campaign.
5. (New in 2018) Rapid-response support for new or unexpected needs that do not fit the timeline for the regular grant program. The rapid-response grants will support small grants ($2,000 maximum) for:

  • software, equipment and/or fees that are needed for the organization to deliver services
  • special training and professional development such as attending conferences or workshops that will improve skills or future professional opportunities
  • programming
  • building repairs.
Organizations may only submit one application for a Rapid Response Grant per year.
Purchases of equipment or services must include estimates provided by external contractors.
Organizations must be a nonprofit organization on Peaks Island.

Ineligible Expenses

The Peaks Island Fund will not support the following:

  • endowments, capital campaigns, or annual appeals
  • major capital expenses such as purchasing building, land, or vehicles
  • camperships, including admission, tuition, or other costs related to short-term programs that are primarily recreational or social
  • activities or expenses that will occur before the grant is awarded (usually July 15)
  • project or capacity-building requests that include rent, utility bills, staff salaries, or other expenses related to the daily operations
  • Rapid Response requests that include food, T-shirts, entertainment, paper, ink, telephone contracts, or fees related to receiving nonprofit 501c3 status.

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant eligibility requirements.

Grant Size

$10,000 maximum for regular grant cycle.
$2,000 maximum for Rapid Response grants.


June 1 at 11:59 p.m. for regular grant cycle.
There is no deadline for rapid-response grants. Requests will be considered as they are submitted and decisions will be made within four weeks of submission.

How to Apply

Complete the online grant application by clicking the log-in link at the top right corner of this page. We offer a checklist for your use; click here.

Project Progress Report

All grant recipients will be required to submit a Project Progress Report 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 questions regarding the Peaks Island Fund, please contact Gloria Aponte Clarke by e-mail or by phone at (207) 412-0847.

To Make a Donation to the Peaks Island Fund

To make a cash donation, contact Gloria Aponte Clarke, program officer, by e-mail or by phone at (207) 412-0847. You may also donate online.

To donate stock or gifts of real or tangible personal property to the Peaks Island Fund, or to discuss planned giving options, please contact Jen Southard at (207) 412-0842 or

Peaks Island Fund Advisors

Mary Anderson
Will Crosby
Ed Daranyi
Craig Davis, Vice Chair
John Funk
Joseph Gray
Cheryl Higgins
Jane Kaveney



Emily Magal
Chris Marot
Kathryn Moxhay, Chair
Nancy Gibson Nash
Grace Noonan-Kaye
Beth Rand
Monica Stevenson
Barbara Taylor
Priscilla Webster



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