Maine Charity Foundation Fund Grant

Maine Community Foundation

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Predicted deadline: Sep 15, 2024 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Senior Services Community Development & Revitalization Social Isolation

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

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

Location of project: Maine

Location of residency: Maine

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What We Do

Founded in 1983, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. MaineCF’s investment expertise supports our donors’ effective and strategic giving. We offer a range of giving options tailored to fit each donor’s financial means and charitable objectives. Our staff provides personalized service, community leadership, and a deep understanding of local issues.


Maine Community Foundation brings people and resources together to build a better Maine.

Maine Charity Foundation Fund Grant


The Maine Charity Foundation was established in 1921. In September 1993, its assets were transferred to the Maine Community Foundation, where it became a competitive grant program. Over the years, the grant program criteria and priorities have changed to meet the needs of Mainers. In 2018 the grant program began focusing on older people and became part of MaineCF’s strategic goal initiative on Thriving Older People.


The Maine Charity Foundation Fund has a broadly defined goal of supporting charitable and educational purposes within the State of Maine. The specific criteria and priorities (below) are defined by an advisory committee and reviewed annually.

Types of Support

This program provides:

  • General support grants to transportation-focused organizations for ongoing staff and operational needs
  • Project grants to other organizations for transportation programs or for planning a new transportation program.

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


  • Who is eligible to apply
    • Nonprofit, charitable organizations tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and also classified as an organization described in sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2)
    • Municipalities
    • Public schools
    • Public agencies working for the State of Maine
    • Indian tribal governments (or political subdivisions) recognized by the Department of the Interior
    • Groups without any tax status may apply with a fiscal sponsor that is an eligible organization as described above.
      • Click here for information on fiscal sponsorships.
  • To receive a grant, an organization or project must:
    • Provide transportation and/or delivery services to people with limited or no access to transportation.
  • Indirect costs as an allowable expense.
    • When allowed, administrative overhead expenses of up to 20% of the total requested budget may be included.


  • Priority will be given to projects and organizations that:
    • Use volunteers and have community partners
    • Provide additional information and connections to assist riders with meeting other needs that exist beyond transportation
    • Meet gaps in services or provide service where there is none or not enough currently
    • Address inequities and engage a diverse range of community members
    • Creatively use existing resources
    • Are clearly laid out and ready to implement.


  • Funds may not be used for:
    • Vehicles
  • Ineligible Expenses, without exception:
    • Expenses already incurred
    • Regranting to a secondary grantee through a competitive process
    • 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 July 25, 2023 and last updated July 25, 2023