Maine Community Foundation Grant Programs

The newly restored Grand Auditorium marquee. Photo by Mario Moretto for the Bangor Daily News, used by permission. Uploaded Sept. 28, 2012Grantmaking is part of the community foundation's commitment to improve the quality of life for all Maine people.

Our Approach

All MaineCF grantmaking work is guided by the belief that communities have the capacity for self-improvement. Our role is to connect individuals, organizations, and communities to the knowledge, skills, tools, and support they need to make the most of opportunities for improvement.

Additional Support

Maine staff members frequently provide technical assistance and guidance to nonprofits to share best practices and information about grant support. We also regularly develop and implement special projects or initiatives to advance our strategic goals

Competitive Grants

Grant programs that accept proposals can be found on the Available Grants page.

Detailed descriptions, including eligibility, application guidelines, and deadlines can be found on the individual grant program pages.

Grants from Donor-Advised Funds

Most of Maine Community Foundation grant awards come from donor-advised funds. Donor advisors are a vital part of the foundation because of their contributions of knowledge, expertise, connections, time, and financial resources.

As a service to donors, MaineCF helps connect them to organizations, issues, and approaches that align with their interests. All proposals submitted through our competitive grant programs are reviewed by staff and may be referred to one or more donors to consider funding. Most referrals to donors are made during our major grant deadlines, February 15 and September 15. This supports both donors’ philanthropy and increases funds available through our competitive grant programs to provide maximum financial support to nonprofits and communities. The Maine Community Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals for grants from donor-advised funds. Please speak to a member of the grantmaking staff for more information. 

Photo: The Grand Auditorium installed a  restored marquee with support from MaineCF’s Belvedere Fund for Historic Preservation and Hancock County Fund. Photo by Mario Moretto for the Bangor Daily News