Applying to Small Grants Program

Our Small Grants Program supports a wide range of areas of Maine children’s health.

Eligibility Requirements

  • As a general rule, individual grants are expected to fall in the $3,000- $15,000 range.
  • Projects/programs must advance Maine children’s health.
  • Almost all forms of grants will be considered (e.g., general operating support, program grants, capacity building grants, challenge grants, matching grants, etc.). However, as a rule, the Foundation would not expect to make capital grants (e.g., funding for building, etc.), or grants to individuals.
  • Successful applicants typically have strong track records and take approaches that are creative but well grounded (e.g., in data, theory, best practices, evaluation methods, etc.).
  • The Foundation does not fund organizations more frequently than every 3 years, even if different projects are proposed. (Example: An organization which received funding on 9/1/18 could not apply again for funding until the Spring 2021 application deadline for grants to be awarded on 9/1/21.)
  • The Foundation strongly prefers to fund organizations with budgets under $5 million.
  • In general, the Foundation looks for proposals that address Maine’s poorest and most under-served populations (e.g., low-income, rural, etc.).
  • The Foundation will not accept oral health Small Grant proposals. However, if you see oral health needs that your organization could help address within your broader children’s health work, please connect with the Maine Partnership for Children’s Oral Health.

Application Guidelines

As of this year, there is only one step to apply for a Children’s Health Small Grant. Applications are due May 31st, 2021.

In addition to basic application information (i.e. organization contact information, EIN #, etc.), the application requires the following:

  • Project/Proposal Summary (100 words or less)
  • Mission & History: What is your organization’s mission? Please also share a brief history of when, why, and how your organization was founded and how the organization has evolved since. (100 words or less)
  • Core Programs: Please describe the programs currently offered/operated by your organization that best demonstrate your organization’s capacity to carry out this proposal. (100 words or less)
  • Proposal Narrative: Use this section to describe the project for which funding is sought, including major goals/outcomes and key strategies, as well as methods of assessing the project. (500 words or less)
  • Proposal Budget: Please have this budget reflect other major sources of support noted as either secured or potential at time of application. 
  • Project Personnel & Board of Directors: Please list key personnel involved in project execution as well as all members of your organization’s Board of Directors.

If you have questions, contact Emilie Knight, the Foundation’s Director of Small Grants by emailing or by calling (207) 577-2488. 

Application Timeline for 2021 Grant Cycle

  • April 15: Announcement of Grant Cycle
  • May 31: Deadline for Applications
  • June – July: Staff and Committee Review of Applications
  • August: Small Grants Committee meets to select grantees; grantees notified shortly after meeting
  • September 1: Official Project Start Date

Application portal opens annually on April 15, 9:00 am EST.

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