Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation: Grants for Maine

OVERVIEW: The Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation supports animal welfare, arts, culture, humanities, health, and human services in Maine.

FUNDING AREAS: Animal welfare, arts, culture, humanities, health, human services

IP TAKE: The funder focuses on grassroots Maine organizations, especially local animal shelters. The Taylor Charitable Foundation mostly provides program and general operating support, but it occasionally considers small, capital-related expenses. This funder will not act as the sole funder of a project; it also won’t provide more than 25 percent of a project budget or more than five percent of an organization’s budget.

PROFILE: Established in 2011, the Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation is a private foundation that focuses on Maine. Taylor was a world traveler and a resident of Brunswick, Maine. She suffered multiple strokes and passed away in 2009. Managed by Bank of America’s Massachusetts office, the foundation funds animal welfare, arts, culture, humanities, health, and human services efforts in Maine.

The Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation invests in specific funding interests, which include basic needs services like food, housing and shelter. The foundation is also interested in the humane care of animals, health care for the underserved, and public television and radio. On occasion, the foundation supports colleges and universities, as well as environmental nonprofits in Maine. The foundation prioritizes supporting homebound seniors, court-involved youth, oral health, mental health, and river bed restoration. The Taylor Charitable Foundation mostly provides program and general operating support, but it occasionally considers small, capital-related expenses as well.

Grants range between about $50,000 and $250,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the State of Maine. It funds work that benefits the towns of Brunswick, Southport, and Boothbay Harbor. On occasion, the funder will consider supporting an organization providing services that are national in scope. The funder does not want to be a sole funder of a project or provide more than 25 percent of a project budget or more than five percent of an organization’s budget. Additional guidelines are posted for this foundation in the Massachusetts Grantmaking Procedures, linked below. Past local grantees include the Knox County Homeless Coalition, Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, Maine Adult Education Center, and the Maine Sea Coast Mission.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadlines are March 1 and September 1. Applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision by July 31 and January 31 after these two deadlines. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at ma.grantmaking@ustrust.com or 866-778-6859.

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