Maine Community Foundation: Lifelong Communities Mini-Grants (US)
The Maine Community Foundation is seeking applications for its Lifelong Communities Mini-Grants that support efforts to make communities more supportive of older people’s health, well-being, and ability to age in the community.
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This includes community planning and the development and implementation of programs that will increase opportunities for people over 60 to stay in their communities as they age.
The mini-grants are aimed at filling gaps in resources needed to help people stay and engage in their communities as they age. This includes support for:
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Gathering information about related resources and needs in your community;
Engaging community members through focus groups, meetings, and other methods;
Implementing projects that will improve the quality of life for older community members;
Planning and implementing dementia-friendly initiatives.
Criteria & Priorities
Criteria: Proposed projects must be:
Focused on ageing in the community;
Informed by older people’s participation and input;
Responsive to needs the community has identified and prioritized.
Priorities: The program will give priority to projects that –
Have municipal leadership and/or support;
Have strong community partners;
Propose creative, low-cost solutions;
Have the high potential to positively impact the quality of life of community members over age 60;
Address inequities and engage a diverse range of older residents, including those with low incomes, disabilities, mental health conditions, limited English proficiency;
People of colour or racial minority groups; immigrants and/or refugees; and those who identify as LGBTQ.
Max Award: $2,500.
Types of Funding
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This program provides:
Project support for new or expanding projects and ongoing programs.
What will not fund?
Expenses already incurred;
Regranting to a secondary grantee through a competitive process;
Lobbying in the form of calls to action on a specific vote;
Religious activities, including, but not limited to, religious services, promotion of religious beliefs, or activities that are restricted to church or religious group membership.
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Who is eligible to apply?
Nonprofit, charitable organizations tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and also classified as an organization described in sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2);
Public agencies working for the State of Maine;
Indian tribal governments (or political subdivisions) recognized by the Department of the Interior;
Groups without any tax status may apply a fiscal sponsor that is an eligible organization as described above.
For more information, visit https://www.mainecf.org/apply-for-a-grant/available-grants-deadlines/lifelong-communities/