Rines Thompson Fund

Total applications received in the last grant cycle: 53 applications for a total of $375,481
Number of grants awarded: 23 totaling $118,931
Average award: $5,200
Percentage of applicants that received grants: 43%
Application deadline: September 15

Recent Grants from the Rines Thompson Fund

Applicants will be notified of final decisions in early December.


The Rines Thompson Fund is a component fund of the Maine Community Foundation that provides funding primarily for the benefit of people of Greater Portland. Established in 1999 by the children and grandchildren of Henry P. and Adeline B. Rines, this fund is designed to give back to the community that has supported the businesses owned by the Rines/Thompson family including the Congress Square Hotel, the Eastland Hotel, WCSH Radio, and WCSH Television. Henry P. Rines' father, Joseph Rines, started Rines Brothers Store on Congress Street in 1883 and the family has conducted business in the area for more than 115 years.

The fund also acts as a memorial to the Henry and Adeline Rines’ two children, Mary Rines Thompson (1918-1992) and William Henry Rines (1917-1970). Their spouses and children contributed to this fund in their memory.

Types of Support

Using the geographic and issue areas listed below, the Rines Thompson Fund will consider the following:

  • New or Expanded Projects or Programs: Organizations may request support to develop and implement new programs or for the expansion of an existing program that is proven to be successful at meeting its stated objectives. Capital projects are generally not supported.
  • Improve Organizational Effectiveness: Organizations may request support for activities focused on strengthening their operations or strategic focus, or improving program effectiveness in specific areas. Examples include long-range planning, use of technology to improve program delivery or operations, and board development.
  • Operating Support: Organizations may request support for overhead and administrative costs that are a normal part of its mission. The organization should have a strong track record of performance and applicants must explain the organization’s effectiveness in carrying out its mission.


The Rines Thompson Fund focuses its funding on community-based organizations that contribute to the vibrancy of Greater Portland.

  • Geographic area: Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Gorham, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland, Yarmouth, and Westbrook
  • Issue areas: Environment and conservation, early childhood and youth programming, and arts and culture
  • Collaboration: For appropriate projects and programs, collaboration between and among organizations is encouraged. A letter from the executive director of each collaborating organization is required and should clearly explain the level of involvement and responsibility. For organizations partnering with schools, a letter of agreement from the participating school official is required.

Ineligible for Funding

  • Educational institutions (K-12 public and private, higher education) and municipalities
  • Requests from organizations that are outside the priority areas listed above
  • Expenses that have already been incurred
  • Capital campaigns or endowments and other activities designed to increase the capital or assets of an organization
  • Scholarships and camperships
  • In order to have greater impact per request, organizations that received a grant are discouraged from submitting a request to the Rines/Thompson Fund the following year.

Eligibility Requirements

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

Maximum award: $10,000.

How to Apply

Complete the online grant application by selecting the Online Grant Application tab at the top of this page. Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on September 15.

Project Progress Report

All grant recipients are required to submit a Project Progress Report approximately 10 months after receiving payment of the grant. Reports are submitted through the online system. Select the Online Grant Application tab at the top of the web page and log into your account to access the form. 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 Rines Thompson Fund, please contact Stephanie Eglinton via e-mail or by phone at (207) 412-0837.