The Community Building Grant Program at the Maine Community Foundation invests in local projects and organizations working to build strong communities in the state. It is a grassroots grant program focused on efforts to use, improve, and/or increase access to community assets. These community assets include natural and built resources, as well as community members, their views and voices, local leaders, and the relationships or connections among people and organizations across the community.
The program is one of the only grant programs in Maine that supports a broad range of projects and organizations across the entire state, including arts, education, environment, economic development, and human services. It is also MaineCF’s largest grant program and receives more than four hundred applications annually.
For the 2021 grant cycle, the focus of the program will be on building community resilience in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Proposed projects or organizations must invest in people by strengthening skills, knowledge, abilities, and/or the well-being of community members; maximize community strengths and resources by improving access to or the use of community-based resources, including people, organizations, and built and natural environments; engage community members by involving those people who will benefit in the design, delivery, or evaluation of project activities and goals; and strengthen the community’s ability to address the impacts of COVID-19.
The program two types of grants:
Project Grants for new, expanding, or ongoing projects (including changes) in response to COVID-19;
Capacity-building Grants for activities that will make the organization stronger, more efficient, or more effective in its response to the pandemic.
Priority will be given to projects or organizations that serve people at higher risk to be negatively impacted by COVID-19, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color; essential workers; older people, 60+ years old (especially those experiencing poverty or isolation); people experiencing domestic abuse or violence; people experiencing poverty, hunger, or homelessness; people with mental health challenges, including substance use disorders; and youth at higher risk (especially those who are homeless, recently incarcerated, or who have mental health challenges, including substance use disorders).
The application period opens November 13, 2020, and will close February 15, 2021 at 11:59.
For more information, see the Maine Community Foundation website.