Maine Initiatives is a network of individuals dedicated to supporting greater social, economic, and environmental justice in Maine through informed, intentional, and collective philanthropy.
To that end, the network is inviting proposals for its Grants for Change program. Through the program, general operating support grants of $25,000 over three years will be awarded to up to ten community-based organizations with a dedication to advancing racial justice in Maine. Grant recipients also will be invited to participate in a series of peer learning, training, capacity-building, and community outreach activities over the course of the grant period.
The 2019 Grants for Change program will prioritize work led by, and in service to, Native American/Wabanaki and Black/African-American communities in Maine; work being done on institutional, structural, and systemic expressions of racial injustice and racial inequity; and work being done to strengthen community building, community organizing, grassroots advocacy, and policy change as central strategies for advancing racial justice and equity.
To be eligible, applicants must be a Maine-based organization or group or a coalition/alliance of groups and be working exclusively or primarily in Maine communities. Organizations designated as tax-exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code are eligible, as are those with a fiscal sponsor. If the organization does not currently have a fiscal sponsor or nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, it is still welcome to appl, but will need to obtain a fiscal sponsor before the grantmaking advisory committee’s retreat in October. ((If the group is, or is sponsored by, a Wabanaki Tribal government or other official Tribal entity, it may apply without additional IRS designation.) Organizations applying for a grant must have a budget under $1 million (not required for groups applying with sponsorship from a Wabanaki Tribal government or other tribal entity).
See the Maine Initiatives website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.