STATE — Non-profit organizations that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people and their needs in Maine may be eligible for funding through the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) Equity Fund.
The fund helps strengthen LGBTQ+ organizations and supports initiatives that work towards inclusive, diverse, and bias-free communities for the LGBTQ+ population and all Maine people. In 2021, the fund awarded seven grants totaling $48,940. Three additional grants totaling $21,000 were awarded from donor-advised funds to MaineCF. The fund’s priorities include supporting organizations or projects that increase access to health care or reduce health disparities; reduce racial disparities or barriers to opportunity; reduce violence and/or harassment; and promote respect and understanding. The deadline for grant applications is September 15.
Last year’s grantees included the Church of Safe Injection, to provide resources to members of the LGBTQIA+ community who lack financial security; Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, to provide health care, including gender-affirming hormone therapy, to LGBTQ+ people and connect patients to additional services; and Outright Lewiston Auburn, to continue supporting LGBTQ+ youth, families, and schools in western Maine.
See all past grantees at www.mainecf.org/recentgrants. For more information about the grant program and to apply, visit www.mainecf.org. Contact Grants Manager Laura Lee if you have any questions. [email protected] or 207-412-0838.