Frequently Asked Questions: Grants for Change program

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Grants for Change Program


Do I need to submit an LOI?

No. To apply for a 2019 Grants for Change grant you only need to complete the application form, no Letter of Inquiry is required.

How much money should I request?

All 2019 Grants for Change grantees will receive the same amount of money, so there is no need to request a specific amount in your application. Each grantee will be awarded $25,000 in general operating funds, spread over three years: $10,000 in 2019, $10,000 in 2020 , and $5,000 in 2021.

Is there an organization budget size limit?

Yes, applications will only be accepted from organization that have operating budgets of $1,000,000 or less (not applicable to tribal entities). If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the Maine Initiatives staff.

What do you mean by “General Operating” grants?

All Grants for Change grant money will be awarded in the form of general operating funds. That means it is not earmarked for a particular program, instead the organization can use that money as they see most valuable to advance their mission.

Who received the Grants for Change in 2016, 2017, or 2018?

The full list of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Grants for Change Cohorts can be accessed HERE.

If I am associated (staff, board, volunteer, client) with a grant applicant, can I still serve as a Proposal Reader?

Yes! Everyone is invited to serve as Proposal Readers. We have a stringent conflict of interest process that allows representatives of applicant organizations to still participate without a conflict. The Proposal Reader application process will open in mid-June.

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