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Rines Thompson Fund

Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies for Arts,
Youth, and Environment Programs in Greater Portland

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Maine Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/15/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Maine nonprofits, public schools, public agencies, and Indian tribal governments for programs that benefit residents of the greater Portland area. Funding is intended for programs in the areas of early childhood and youth programming, environment and conservation, and arts and culture.

The geographic area includes Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Gorham, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland, Yarmouth, and Westbrook.

The Rines Thompson Fund will consider the following:

- New or Expanded Projects or Programs: Organizations may request support to develop and implement new programs or for the expansion of an existing program that is proven to be successful at meeting its stated objectives. Capital projects are generally not supported.

- Improve Organizational Effectiveness: Organizations may request support for activities focused on strengthening their operations or strategic focus, or improving program effectiveness in specific areas. Examples include long-range planning, use of technology to improve program delivery or operations, and board development.

- Operating Support: Organizations may request support for overhead and administrative costs that are a normal part of its mission. The organization should have a strong track record of performance and applicants must explain the organization’s effectiveness in carrying out its mission.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172843

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum award: $10,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Ineligible for Funding:
- Educational institutions (K-12 public and private, higher education) and municipalities
- Requests from organizations that are outside the priority areas listed above
- Expenses that have already been incurred
- Capital campaigns or endowments and other activities designed to increase the capital or assets of an organization
- Scholarships and camperships
- 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

In order to have greater impact per request, organizations that received a grant are discouraged from submitting a request to the Rines/Thompson Fund the following year.

Pre-Application Information:

Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on September 15.

Grant Guidelines:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Stephanie Eglinton
(207) 412-0837

Amy Pollien, Grants Manager
(207) 412-2012

Maine Community Foundation
245 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: Greater Portland area including Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Gorham, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland, Yarmouth, and Westbrook