Maine Initiatives is a public foundation. We raise money from the general public to make grants to nonprofits working for social progress. In partnership with our community of donors and advisors, we make grants that support our shared vision of a more just and equitable Maine.
Our grants build power in communities; remove barriers to democracy, justice, and equity; support those working together for the common good; and foster leadership by people who have been excluded.
We are one of the few funders in Maine that provides general operating support. This flexible, adaptable approach to partnership in funding allows our grantee partners to focus on their organizational missions and determine the best and most effective strategies for their work.
We are also one of the first–and continue to be one of the only–funders to explicitly support community organizing and advocacy.
Maine Initiatives supports our organizational partners through several types of grants:
Our major grants program makes provides general operating support to organizations addressing critical justice and equity issues in Maine.
The Solidarity Fund makes grants to support Maine’s immigrant, refugee, and asylum seeking communities.
Lightning grants are rapid-response grants, available to address an unexpected opportunity or challenge. They can also be made to support an organization’s capacity-building and technical assistance needs.
The Felder Fund makes grants to support organizations using the arts to advance justice and equity.
The Flannel Shirt Fund makes grants to public schools for initiatives that connect farms and schools and children to gardens.
Maine Initiatives makes grants each year from a number of donor-advised accounts.