Applicants are invited to submit applications for the Maine Community Foundation’s Investing in Leaders of Color (ILOC) Program 2020. The goal of this program is to support nonprofit leaders of color and their organizations. The program provides management training and other forms of professional development.
This program is designed for nine people of color in leadership positions in nonprofit organizations that serve communities of color and promote racial equity in the state of Maine. Grants will be made to the organizations.
The program has three core elements:
- One-on-one coaching: MaineCF has recruited consultants to serve as coaches with different areas of expertise. Leaders will interview two to three coaches and select one coach to work with for the duration of the program. Leaders will work with their coach to identify and prioritize professional development needs, develop an action plan, and work to achieve goals. Up to 15 hours of coaching are available. Due to COVID-19, all coaching will be done remotely until it is safe for individuals to meet in person.
- Professional development stipend: Leaders will receive support to attend a conference, receive professional training, or obtain some other professional development skill-building tool.
- Operating costs: Leaders will receive support to buy needed technology, books, memberships, software, or other items needed for their efforts.
- Networking: MaineCF will host a gathering for program participants and coaches to share what they learned with each other.
- The maximum grant awarded through the ILOC program is $6,650. The grant is awarded to the leader’s organization. Here is the breakdown of maximum funding available by category:
- $3,150 for one-on-one coaching
- Each leader is eligible for up to 21 hours of coaching at a rate of $150/hr. The leader’s organization will be paid for their participation in this program at the same hourly rate as coaches.
- $2,000 for professional development, including but not limited to:
- Conferences, workshops, and/or training (including travel, accommodations, and meals)
- Tuition assistance
- Professional membership fees
- $1,500 for operating costs, including but not limited to:
- Technology (e.g., computer, laptop, tablets, smartphones, AV equipment)
- New software
- Books, literature, professional journals
- $3,150 for one-on-one coaching
- Nonprofit, charitable organizations tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and also classified as an organization described in sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2)
- Public schools
- Public agencies working for the State of Maine
- Indian tribal governments (or political subdivisions) recognized by the Department of the Interior
- Groups without any tax status may apply with a fiscal sponsor that is an eligible organization.
- In addition, please note that:
- Leaders must be a person of color in a leadership role at a nonprofit organization in the state of Maine.
- Applicant organizations must serve communities of color.
- Applicant organizations must promote racial equity.
- Leaders must be available for one-on-one coaching and professional development within a one-year time frame.
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