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Peaks Island Fund

Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Municipalities, Schools, Agencies
and Tribal Governments to Address Community Needs

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Maine Community Foundation - Peaks Island Fund

Deadline Date:

06/01/20 11:59 PM - Applications for Rapid Response grants will be considered as they are accepted.


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Maine nonprofit organizations, municipalities, public schools, public agencies, and Indian tribal governments for projects that address the emerging needs of local community residents. Funds are intended to better the lives of residents. Projects must serve and impact residents of Peaks Island.


To be considered for funding the applicant organization and proposed project must meet all four of the following criteria:

  • serves Peaks Island community members
  • impacts Peaks Island residents directly within the next year
  • has potential for continuing impact on the community
  • includes clear financial documentation (purchases of equipment or services must include estimates provided by external contractors).


Peaks Island Fund will give priority to projects or organizations that:

  • help to reduce economic barriers to living on the island
  • provide or increase access to educational and enrichment programs for youth
  • preserve and protect the built and natural environment, including projects that reduce energy consumption and increase year-round social and cultural resources for the community.

Types of Support

The Peaks Island Fund will award grants to support: 1) new or expanding projects; 2) capacity building; 3) general operations; 4) equipment or renovations; 5) rapid response.

1. Project support for new or expanding projects

  • New projects are those being implemented for the first time.
  • Expanding projects are existing projects that will serve a different population or include new services or content other than what was previously implemented.

2. Capacity-building support is for activities designed to make an organization stronger, more successful, or more efficient. This includes:

  • training board, staff, or volunteers
  • improving financial management and development.

3. General operating support for organizations whose core mission is clearly and directly related to the fund’s priority areas (see above). Organizations may apply each year for operating support of $10,000 annually with a maximum of $20,000 over two consecutive years. Organizations that receive two consecutive years of general operating support must wait two years after the second grant is awarded before they can apply again for general operating support.

4. Equipment or renovation support needed to meet an organization’s mission. These renovations or equipment cannot be related to or part of a capital campaign.

5. Rapid-response support for new or unexpected needs that do not fit the timeline for the regular grant program. The rapid-response grants will support small grants ($2,000 maximum) for:

  • software, equipment and/or fees that are needed for the organization to deliver services
  • special training and professional development such as attending conferences or workshops that will improve skills or future professional opportunities
  • programming
  • building repairs
  • community events

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181462

Estimated Size of Grant:

- $10,000 maximum for regular grant cycle
- $2,000 maximum for Rapid Response grants

Term of Contract:

Organizations that receive two consecutive years of general operating support must wait two years after the second grant is awarded before they can apply again for general operating support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

General Eligibility Criteria:
- 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.

Organizations must be a nonprofit organization on Peaks Island.

The Peaks Island Fund will not support the following:
- 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
- Regranting to a secondary grantee through a competitive process
- Endowments, capital campaigns, or annual appeals
- Major capital expenses such as purchasing building, land, or vehicles
- Camperships, including admission, tuition, or other costs related to short-term programs that are primarily recreational or social
- Activities or expenses that will occur before the grant is awarded (usually July 15)
- Project or capacity-building requests that include rent, utility bills, staff salaries, or other expenses related to the daily operations
- Rapid Response requests that include food, T-shirts, paper, ink, telephone contracts, or fees related to receiving nonprofit 501(c)3 status.

Pre-Application Information:

- June 1 at 11:59 p.m. for regular grant cycle. Notification typically occurs within 10-12 weeks from the deadline date.
- There is no deadline for Rapid Response grants. Requests will be considered as they are submitted and decisions will be made within four weeks of submission.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the program deadline, even on weekends and holidays.

Organizations may only submit one application for a Rapid Response Grant per year.


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:
* The online application opens for new proposals approximately four months prior to the grant program deadline.

For any questions regarding the Peaks Island Fund, please contact Gloria Aponte C., senior program officer, at or by phone at (207) 761-2440.

For additional questions please contact Amy Pollien, Grants Manager, at

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