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Community Broadband Grant Program

Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Schools, Agencies, and Tribes
to Provide Communities and Businesses with Internet Access

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Maine Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/01/20 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Maine nonprofits, public schools, agencies, and tribal governments to provide communities and businesses with high-speed internet. Funding is intended to equip communities and businesses with internet access and give them the skills to effectively use this technology.

This includes supporting efforts to:

  • Create and/or sustain working groups among communities, nonprofits, and towns and municipalities
  • Increase community members’ computer and internet knowledge and skills
  • Remove barriers and create equitable opportunities to access technology and the internet
  • Develop and increase the knowledge and expertise of both communities at large and local and regional leadership on these issues.

This program will give priority to projects that:

  • Support and involve traditionally underserved people, including older people, low income families and children, students, people of color, small businesses and entrepreneurs
  • Represent catalytic projects or moments in time.  For example, funds might help sustain an effort at a critical time, leverage other funding sources, or accomplish a short term goal to build energy and momentum
  • Explore creative solutions, pilot projects or new strategies which can be replicated or used as a model by other communities and regions. 
  • Leverage or provide match for other funding sources
  • Where applicable, have identified or are prioritizing technology that anticipates future needs and won’t be obsolete in 5-10 years
  • Include goals and/or strategies to increase digital literacy, inclusion, and equity 
  • Demonstrate community commitment through financial and other meaningful support
  • Identify short- and long-term goals (separate from specific technology and costs).

For examples of eligible projects and expenses, see "URL for Full Text" link below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186890

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant size: $15,000

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.

For information on fiscal sponsorship policy and forms: https://www.mainecf.org/apply-for-a-grant/help-for-applicants/fiscal-sponsorship-faq/

What will not be funded, without exception:
- 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

This grant program will not contribute to capital campaigns or endowments.

Pre-Application Information:

Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on August 1, 2020.

Requests should be for future expenses only. Because grant applications take 10-12 weeks to process, plan the project start date accordingly.

Grant Guidelines: https://www.mainecf.org/apply-for-a-grant/help-for-applicants/grant-guidelines/

Deadlines: https://www.mainecf.org/apply-for-a-grant/available-grants-deadlines/

Application Instructions:
https://www.mainecf.org/apply-for-a-grant/help-for-applicants/online-grant-application/

Grant-Related Documents:
https://www.mainecf.org/apply-for-a-grant/help-for-applicants/grant-related-documents/

Contact Information:

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

Apply online (starting July 20): https://maine-grants.fluidreview.com/

Direct questions to:
Maggie Drummond-Bahl, Senior Program Officer
mbahl@mainecf.org
(207) 412-0839

Maine Community Foundation
245 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605-1613
207-667-9735

50 Monument Square, 6th Floor
Portland, ME 04101
207-761-2440

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