Grant applicants must generally be tax-exempt charitable organizations as described in the Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3), educational institutions, governmental entities, including federally recognized Indian tribes, or other public, non-profit entities. Individuals or organizations classified as private foundations under section 509(a) of the Code are not eligible for funding. Applicants need not be organizations based in Maine, but the Foundation exclusively funds projects, or portions of projects, that impact Maine and its residents.
MeHAF does not typically consider applications from organizations whose non-profit status is pending, nor from those requiring fiscal sponsorship. Such organizations are encouraged to form appropriate collaborations with established eligible institutions, and to submit jointly.
The applicant organization must also submit a statement of compliance with MeHAF’s non-discrimination policy, which must verify that the organization does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, political affiliation or religious belief.
Additional requirements may apply for specific funding opportunities or projects. For details, please carefully review the information for each grant opportunity.