ELLSWORTH - Start-up organizations, projects involving economically disadvantaged or disabled Mainers, libraries, symphonies, hospice care and projects related to Friendship, Maine, are eligible for funding from the Maine Charity Foundation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.
The deadline for applications is Sept. 15, 2011. A new online application is available at www.mainecf.org.
Last year, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund distributed $78,750. The 23 grants ranged in size from $1,500 to the maximum award amount of $5,000. Among the organizations funded were Vinalhaven Eldercare Services, to assist in purchasing a wheelchair-accessible van; and Community Health & Counseling Services of Bangor, to develop a business plan for a hospice house in the Bangor area.
Grant guidelines are available at www.mainecf.org. For more information, contact Cathy Melio at
or by phone at (877) 700-6800, ext. 1122.
Established in 1921, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund was the state's first community foundation, created to hold individual charitable funds and to distribute income from those funds. In 1993, the fund was transferred to the Maine Community Foundation, which continues the organization's tradition of grantmaking.
A statewide foundation with offices in Portland and Ellsworth, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities through philanthropy and leadership.