Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund Grant

Maine Community Foundation

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Predicted deadline: Feb 15, 2024 8:59pm PST

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Minority Services Civil Rights Indigenous Sovereignty & Rights Economic Rights & Justice Community Health Education Health Care Access & Delivery Racial / Ethnic Justice & Rights Native American Services Civic Leadership Development Business Development Show all

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Maine

Location of residency: United States

Exclusive to minorities: Yes

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The Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund supports organizations that are led by and serving people of Native American, Latino, African, Arab, and/or Asian descent. The goal of the grant program is to help Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color in Maine achieve greater equity by:

  • investing in existing, new, and emerging leadership and nonprofit organizations
  • changing policies and practices that negatively impact Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color, because of their race
  • supporting efforts to alleviate the impact of race-based discrimination and disparities.

To receive a grant, an organization or project must:

Involve Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color who are:

  • in leadership positions on board and staff of the organization
  • involved in the design, delivery, and evaluation of the programs and services
  • most of the participants or intended recipients.

Increase racial equity through improving:

  • access to resources
  • the knowledge/skills or resilience of Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color
  • ability to overcome race-based barriers and disparities.

Use local resources, such as:

  • community organizations
  • buildings
  • expertise of community members
  • natural resources (e.g., land, water, etc.).


This grant program will give priority to the following areas of interest:

  • Health: Thanks to support from the Maine Health Access Foundation to address health disparities in Maine, grants will support organizations and projects that increase access to or understanding of health and wellness.
  • Leadership development: Organizations or projects that provide skill building, training, and mentorship for Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color.
  • Economic opportunity: Organizations or projects that improve economic well-being, such as increasing access to employment opportunities, access to education and professional development, and supporting business development.

Types of Funding

This program provides:

  • Capacity-building grants for increasing the scope (number of people, types of communities or services), efficiency, and/or effectiveness of organizations that serve Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color communities.
  • General support grants to use for ongoing programming and operational needs for organizations led by and serving Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
  • Project grants for new or expanding projects:
    • New projects are those being implemented for the first time and are not more than two years old
    • Expanding projects are existing projects that will serve a new or different population, geographic area, or include new services or content other than what was previously implemented.

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


  • Funds may not be used for:
    • Major capital expenses: This includes purchasing building, land, or vehicles.
    • Camperships: This includes funding for admission, enrollment, tuition or other costs related to short-term programs that are primarily recreational or social.
    • Endowments, capital campaigns, or annual appeals


This page was last reviewed July 30, 2023 and last updated January 24, 2023