Maine Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Maine Community Foundation is a community funder for the state of Maine that supports early childhood education, access to education, racial equity, seniors, and entrepreneurship.

FUNDING AREAS: Early childhood education, access to education, racial equity, seniors, entrepreneurs

IP TAKE: This community funder covers a large territory and a little bit of everything in terms of grantmaking. Contact this accessible foundation to learn more about the funds most relevant to your work.

PROFILE: Established in 1983, the Maine Community Foundation (MCF) is the state's community foundation and has offices in the cities of Ellsworth and Portland, Maine. Since 2016, MCF has had five priorities: early childhood education, access to education, racial equity, seniors, and entrepreneurs.

MCF provides funding for programs that help Maine children get a strong start in school and arrive prepared in kindergarten. Their interest in education access extends to both youth and adults, and focuses on college degree attainment and advanced training for jobs. Its racial equity grants aim to reduce barriers for people of color in the community and local economy. Since Maine has the oldest median age in the U.S., the foundation also supports the wellbeing, civic engagement, and continued workforce involvement for seniors in the state. The foundation values entrepreneurship and education, with grants for entrepreneurial endeavors and efforts to boost the state economy. While donor-advised grant opportunities do not accept unsolicited proposals, several of the MCF funds do award grants to individuals.

View a list of recent grants on the funder’s website., and grantmaking is specific to the state of Maine. MCF's competitive grants program accepts proposals. View current opportunities on the funder’s website for animal welfare, historic preservation, the making of traditional handicrafts, science education, land conservation, and more. These opportunities are offered through specific funds held at MCF; deadlines and guidelines vary by fund. MCF also works with nonprofits to establish agency nonprofit funds.

MCF refers proposals it receives in its competitive grant process to donor-advised funds here for the major grant deadlines of February 15 and September 15. MCF's online grantmaking platform accepts just one application per nonprofit per grant program. However, it will accept multiple applications from large groups that have budgets of at least $2 million if different Maine counties are served and the requests are for separate programs. MCF also provides scholarships, technical assistance, and group convenings to address emerging issues. Direct general questions to (877) 700-6800 or info@mainecf.org.

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