The Maine Community Foundation is pleased to announce Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund to support organizations that are led by and serving people of Native American, Latino, African, Arab, and/or Asian descent.
The People of Color Fund was established in 2007 with a gift from the River Rock Foundation. In 2020 the fund was renamed Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund.
The goal of the grant program is to help Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color in Maine achieve greater equity by:
- investing in existing, new, and emerging leadership and nonprofit organizations
- changing policies and practices that negatively impact Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color, because of their race
- supporting efforts to alleviate the impact of race-based discrimination and disparities.
This grant program will give priority to the following areas of interest:
- Health: Thanks to support from the Maine Health Access Foundation to address health disparities in Maine, grants will support organizations and projects that increase access to or understanding of health and wellness.
- Leadership development: Organizations or projects that provide skill building, training, and mentorship for Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color.
- Economic opportunity: Organizations or projects that improve economic well-being, such as increasing access to employment opportunities, access to education and professional development, and supporting business development.
Max Award: $10,000
Types of Funding
- This program provides:
- General support grants to use for ongoing programming, operational needs, and capacity-building for organizations led by and serving Black, Indigenous, and people of color. To apply for a general support grant, an organization must have previously received a project grant.
- Project grants for new or expanding projects:
- New projects are those being implemented for the first time and are not more than two years old.
- Expanding projects are existing projects that will serve a new or different population, geographic area, or include new services or content other than what was previously implemented.
- 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
Note: Any eligible organization may submit one application per grant program, regardless of previous application history or current award progress (see specific grant program pages for any exceptions).
To receive a grant, an organization or project must:
- Involve Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color who are:
- in leadership positions on board and staff of the organization
- involved in the design, delivery, and evaluation of the programs and services
- most of the participants or intended recipients.
- Increase racial equity through improving:
- access to resources
- the knowledge/skills or resilience of Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color
- ability to overcome race-based barriers and disparities.
- Use local resources, such as:
- community organizations
- expertise of community members
- natural resources (e.g., land, water, etc.).
For more information, visit https://www.mainecf.org/apply-for-a-grant/available-grants-deadlines/black-indigenous-and-people-of-color-fund/