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MaineCF Grants Available for Leaders of Color

STATE — Nonprofit leaders of color may be eligible for grants from the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF).

The MaineCF Investing in Leaders of Color grant program supports nonprofit leaders of color and their organizations. The program offers one-on-one coaching, a stipend for professional development and operating costs, and networking opportunities.

Applicant must be a person of color in a leadership position in an organization that primarily serves communities of color and promotes racial equity.

In 2021, Investing in Leaders of Color (ILOC) awarded 12 grants totaling $83,400. Donors with funds advised to MaineCF awarded three additional grants totaling $20,850. Recipients included Leslie Monroy of Mano en Mano in Milbridge; Joseph Jackson of Maine
Prisoner Advocacy Coalition in Lisbon; and Eunice Nuna of Wounded Healers International in Gorham. For a list of all recent Investing in Leaders of Color fellows, visit

“Nonprofit leaders of color are key drivers of racial equity work in Maine,” said Lelia DeAndrade, MaineCF’s vice president of community impact. “The goal of the ILOC program is to support nonprofit leaders of color and their organizations.”

The deadline for proposals is September 15. For more information and to apply, visit Contact DeAndrade with questions at [email protected] or 207-412-0843.