Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund Grant

Maine Community Foundation

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Next deadline: Oct 17, 2023 8:59pm PDT

Later deadlines: Oct 17, 2024 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $7,500

Fields of work: Early Childhood Development Education - Preschool / Early Learning Youth Development & Leadership

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Maine: Androscoggin County, Cumberland County, Sagadahoc County, York County

Location of residency: Counties in Maine: Androscoggin County, Cumberland County, Sagadahoc County, York County

990 Snapshot




The Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund grant program supports early childhood and youth leadership programs in Greater Portland. The directors of the fund recognize the critical roles parents and early childhood education providers play to ensure a child’s readiness to enter school on a path to success and the importance of youth leadership programs that help develop aspirations and abilities of our youth.

To receive a grant, an organization or project must be based in the Greater Portland area and focus on one of the following:

  • Young children aged birth to eight, their families and teachers
  • Youth leadership for students through high school.

Types of funding

This program provides:

  • General support grants for ongoing programming and operational needs (organization mission must be focused on one of the two areas above)
  • Project grants for new or expanding early childhood or youth leadership-based projects or programs.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Who is eligible to apply
    • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt organizations, including most municipalities
    • Public schools
    • Public agencies working for the State of Maine
    • Indian tribal governments (or political subdivisions) recognized by the Department of the Interior
    • Non-exempt groups with a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) organization, public school, or public agency.


  • Grants cannot pay for program expenses that have already been incurred
  • Grants will not be made to annual funds or endowments
  • Organizations that have received Daveis Fund grants in two consecutive years are requested to wait a year before applying again.
  • Types of funding
    • Operating support: ongoing administrative costs such as rent, utilities, office supplies, salaries (not tied to a specific project expense).
    • Ongoing activities: continuing programs or projects that have no clear end date.
    • Endowments or capital campaigns: activities leading up to a capital campaign such as feasibility studies as well as costs related to verbal or written requests for financial support such as fundraising events or appeal letters.
    • Camp scholarships: funding for admission, enrollment, tuition, or other costs related to individual or group attendance at a short-term recreational or educational program.
    • Capital expenses: purchases of property, equipment, or building materials related to the organization’s core operations.
  • What we will not fund, without exception
    • Expenses already incurred
    • Political campaigns
    • Lobbying in the form of calls to action on a specific vote
    • Religious activities: including, but not limited to, religious services, promotion of religious beliefs, or activities that are restricted to church or religious group membership


This page was last reviewed August 04, 2023 and last updated August 04, 2023