Recent Grants: People of Color Fund

2017 Grants

  • Black Arts Forum, to provide economic management, training, coordination, and support for artists and art groups of color in Maine: $7,500
  • Four Directions Development Corp., to support the Wabanaki Marketplace Youth and Culture Mentorships, which provide training to develop both arts and entrepreneurial skills: $7,500
  • Friends of Portland Adult Education, to provide coursework and support services necessary for new Mainers to earn a family-sustaining wage when granted work authorization: $7,500
  • Gedakina, Inc., for Circles of Strength, a program that provides support, guidance, and positive role modeling for Native American young men and boys: $7,500
  • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP), to convene a community advisory group(s) with immigrant community representatives to solicit feedback and share information about immigration issues and ILAP services: $7,500
  • In Her Presence, to implement a new conversational English class for mothers who are immigrants, refugees, or asylum seekers: $7,500
  • Intercultural Community Center, for support to Power School, which promotes STEM learning: $7,500
  • Maine Access Immigrant Network, to support Healthy You workshops and peer support groups to improve access to, and understanding of, health care for refugee/immigrant community members: $7,499
  • Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition, to build its capacity by providing fundraising/communications training and coaching: $7,500
  • Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, to provide leadership development and racial equity programs for incarcerated and post-release youth and continue work to address access to health services and work opportunities for prisoners of color: $7,500
  • Multilingual & Multicultural Center, Portland Public Schools, to establish Multilingual Parent University, which will increase parent involvement in schools and provide paths to parental empowerment toward improving student academic success: $7,500
  • New Mainers Public Health Initiative, to expand the Women's Health Series to serve more newcomer women and add programs related to children's health: $7,500
  • New England Arab American Organization, to support an education program that connects Arabic children with Arabic language and culture: $7,500
  • Omar Bin Al Khattab Masjid, to expand MIST, an interscholastic tournament, into a year-round leadership and mentoring program for high school and college students: $7,500
  • Somali Bantu Community of Lewiston Maine, to provide internships for six high school students to serve as youth cultural ambassadors for the Kasheekee Arts & Literacy Program and Farming and Food Access Program: $7,500
  • Sustainable Livelihoods Relief Organization, to train young leaders of color to support development of farm and food businesses and improve engagement with Maine's larger food systems network: $7,500
  • Tree Street Youth, Inc., to develop a comprehensive tutor recruitment, training, and orientation program to build more effective subject-specific expertise and whole-student learning: $7,500
  • United Somali Women of Maine, to support cross-cultural community dialogues to address and respond to the fear causing divisions in communities: $7,350
  • United Youth Empowerment Services, to provide video/TV/filmmaking services to more than a half-dozen ethnic, community-based organizations in Lewiston: $7,500
  • Wabanaki Cultural Preservation Coalition, to support development of programming for Nibezun, a Wabanaki center for physical, spiritual and social health, wellness, and learning on the Penobscot River: $2,500
  • Wabanaki Public Health, to support youth councils that will develop projects related to public health and to host an intertribal youth leadership summit: $7,500

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