Grants of up to $10,000 from Maine Community Foundation’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund are available to organizations that are led by, and serve, people of Native American, Latino, African, Arab and Asian descent.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. Feb. 15. The application, details of the grant program, and a list of recent grants are available at For additional information, contact Senior Program Officer Gloria Aponte C. at 207-412-0847, or by email at

Last year the fund awarded 25 grants that totaled $202,380. Grantees included:

  • Presente! Maine, to continue the work that is simultaneously being developed, implemented, adapted, and expanded to meet the ever-growing and changing needs of the Latinx community: $3,000
  • Four Directions Development Corp., to invest in the professional development of the indigenous executive leadership team: $10,000
  • Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, to strengthen COVID-19-serving organizations and a community referral process for culturally appropriate food and social support services: $10,000

Established in 2007 with a gift from the River Rock Foundation, the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund is designed to help people of color in Maine achieve greater equity. Grants to nonprofit programs or organizations focus on three areas: addressing health disparities, supporting youth, and improving economic opportunities. 

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personalized service, local expertise, and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit