Funding and Grant Sources
Please contact us if you have any comments or recommendations for additions to list for grant sources for libraries. Use the Contact Us page, choose Linda Lord.
Be sure check new grants below but also possible ongoing opportunities from foundations, trusts and other nonprofits listed below the recent additions and deadlines.
- Unfortunately for libraries, money doesn't grow on trees. Even in good economic times, few libraries have all the resources they need or want to serve their communities. Fundraising Resources - Capital Campaigns offers tools and help finding funding resources with a focus on capital campaigns.
General Grant Sources
- List of local foundations or organizations that offer grants.
- Grant blog, a containing information about national grant sources; co-hosted by Pam MacKellar and Stephanie Gerding
- Top 40 Maine Foundations that Give Grants
- Grant Writing Tips [Word, 20KB]
- Friends of Maine Libraries Grant: Deadline - October 17,2014
FoML has awarded over $20,000 in grants to Libraries and Friends groups from its membership revenues. These grants have enhanced library services and resulted in stronger library-community relationships that likely would not have been possible without FoML support.
In 2014, FoML will award two $750 grants to libraries and Friends groups in Maine. These grants will be for special projects that enhance library service and promote stronger library-community relationships.
For details and a copy of the grant application, please visit: www.friendsofmainelibraries.org/Grant-Application.
The Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust
The Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust was established to benefit nonprofit organizations (1) located or operating in the State of Maine and (2) serving within the State of Maine. Funding Priorities: The Trust, in responding to the needs of the Maine communities it serves, is dedicated to funding five (5) significant program areas of interest within the following general annual distribution and allocation percentages:
For more information: http://www.megrants.org/Burnham.html
Kresge Foundation: Capital Challenge Grant Program
The mission of the Kresge Foundation is to strengthen nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that advance the well-being of humanity. The Foundation’s six major areas of interest are health, environment, arts and culture, education, human services, and community development.
Through the Capital Challenge Grant Program, the Foundation supports organizations’ immediate capital needs, such as building construction or renovation, the purchase of real estate, and the purchase of major equipment. Grants are awarded on a challenge basis, usually one-third to one-fifth of the amount an organization has to raise to complete its campaign goal.
The Foundation accepts online letters of intent for this program throughout the year. Visit Kresge Foundation: Capital Challenge Grant Program to review the Capital Challenge Grant Program guidelines. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust
The foundation's interests include historic preservation, historical societies, arts and cultural programs, vocational education, education and the environment. Initial approach should be made through a letter to:
Michael J. Quinlan
The Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust
c/o Jensen, Baird, Gardner and Henry
10 Free Street
Portland, ME 04112
The Aldermere Foundation c/o Trust Co. of Maine
The Aldermere Foundation c/o Trust Co. of Maine
145 Exchange Street,
Contact: Dee Condon Fax: (207) 941-2498
Independent Foundation was established in Maine in 1977.
- Purpose and activities: Giving primarily for the arts, education, and religious organizations.
- Fields of interest: Animals/wildlife, preservation/protection; Arts, Arts Education; Christian agencies and churches; Libraries (Public); Museums (art)
- Geographic focus: Maine
- Deadlines: None
Bangor Savings Bank Foundation: Foundation Grant Making
"The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Grant Making was created in 1997 to help fulfill our commitment to improving community life in Maine. Today, the Bank has chosen to improve the impact and coordination of its giving by channeling all major charitable contributions from the Bank through the Foundation's grant-making process."
Learn more about Bangor Savings grants:
- Areas of giving
- Funding cycles
- Recently funded projects
- Grant Guidelines & Eligibility
- Grant Applications & Instructions
The Libra Foundation
Elizabeth C. Flaherty
Three Canal Plaza
P.O. Box 17516
Portland, ME 04112
- The Libra Foundation is a private operating foundation established by Elizabeth B. Noyce which became active in June, 1989.
- This foundation is authorized by the Internal Revenue Service to make grants and contributions to charitable organizations other than political organizations.
- Applicants must be tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the IRS code and "not a private foundation" under section 509(a) of the code
- Please direct inquiries, requests for application forms, letters and grant requests to contact information above.
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy - The Maine Family Literacy Initiative
- Purpose: Expand small family literacy programs throughout Maine.
Maine Philanthropy Center
P.O. Box 9301
Portland, Maine 041-04-9301
- The Maine Philanthropy Center is a nonprofit organization established in 1995 by a group of foundations to promote effective philanthropy in Maine.
- Check the web site for helpful events and support for fundraising.
- About The Maine Philanthropy Center
The following serve as affiliates to the Maine Philanthropy Center.
- Bangor Public Library
- Camden Public Library
- UM Merrill Library in Machias
- Cary Library in Houlton
The Davis Foundation
Attn: Nancy M. Wilson, Executive Director
4 Fundy Road
Falmouth, Maine 04105
- Applicants must be tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the IRS code and "not a private foundation" under section 509(a) of the code.
- Strong preference is given to organizations located in Southern Maine, but those in other parts of Maine and New England may be considered.
Maine Community Foundation
225 Main Street
Ellsworth, Maine 04605
Maine Humanities Council Let’s Talk About It
Let’s Talk About It is an adult reading & discussion program sponsored by Maine Humanities Council’s Center for the Book in partnership with the Maine State Library. Programs are offered free of charge to Maine libraries thanks to funding from the Belvedere Fund of the Maine Community Foundation & the citizens of Maine through the New Century Community Program, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Please note there are application deadlines for hosting a Let's Talk About It program for Summer, Fall, and Winter/Spring.
Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust
Managed by Maine Community Foundation, awards granted every year to public libraries in Maine communities with population under 10,000 people.
Eligible libraries are located in Waldo, Knox, Hancock, Washington, Aroostook, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.
The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation
The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation is a private non-profit organization that "promotes strengthening and supporting communities and draws upon the values and spirituality of the founders."
Company Communities Funded
FedEx Global Community Relations Program--The mission of the FedEx Global Community Relations Program is to support the communities the company serves through financial contributions, in-kind shipping services and volunteer services of employees. The company's core giving areas include: Emergency and Disaster Relief; Pedestrian and Child Safety; and Education, with emphasis on technology, global economics, cultural diversity and programs that enhance learning. FedEx also provides support for Health and Human Services, primarily through the United Way and March of Dimes, with limited support for youth development organizations and others that meet basic human needs. FedEx is especially interested in supporting organizations that request 5% or less of the total project budget. The company also weighs the involvement of employees in groups that seek financial support. Applications may be submitted at any time.