Funding and Grant Sources

Please contact us if you have any comments or recommendations for additions to list for grant sources for libraries. Use the Contact Us page, choose Linda Lord.

Be sure check new grants below but also possible ongoing opportunities from foundations, trusts and other nonprofits listed below the recent additions and deadlines.

  • Unfortunately for libraries, money doesn't grow on trees. Even in good economic times, few libraries have all the resources they need or want to serve their communities. Fundraising Resources - Capital Campaigns offers tools and help finding funding resources with a focus on capital campaigns.

General Grant Sources

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Grant Descriptions


The Margaret  E.  Burnham Charitable Trust

The Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust was established to benefit nonprofit organizations (1) located or operating in the State of Maine and (2) serving within the State of Maine.  Funding Priorities: The Trust, in responding to the needs of the Maine communities it serves, is dedicated to funding five (5) significant program areas of interest within the following general annual distribution and allocation percentages:

  1. Community/Social Services 30%
  2. Medical   20%
  3. Educational   20%
  4. Arts/Culture   20% 
  5. Environment  10% 

For more information:


Kresge Foundation: Capital Challenge Grant Program

The mission of the Kresge Foundation is to strengthen nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that advance the well-being of humanity. The Foundation’s six major areas of interest are health, environment, arts and culture, education, human services, and community development.

Through the Capital Challenge Grant Program, the Foundation supports organizations’ immediate capital needs, such as building construction or renovation, the purchase of real estate, and the purchase of major equipment. Grants are awarded on a challenge basis, usually one-third to one-fifth of the amount an organization has to raise to complete its campaign goal.

The Foundation accepts online letters of intent for this program throughout the year. Visit Kresge Foundation: Capital Challenge Grant Program to review the Capital Challenge Grant Program guidelines. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust

The foundation's interests include historic preservation, historical societies, arts and cultural programs, vocational education, education and the environment. Initial approach should be made through a letter to:

Michael J. Quinlan
The Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust
c/o Jensen, Baird, Gardner and Henry
10 Free Street
Portland, ME 04112

The Aldermere Foundation c/o Trust Co. of Maine

The Aldermere Foundation c/o Trust Co. of Maine
145 Exchange Street,
Bangor 04401
Contact: Dee Condon Fax: (207) 941-2498

Independent Foundation was established in Maine in 1977.

  • Purpose and activities: Giving primarily for the arts, education, and religious organizations.
  • Fields of interest: Animals/wildlife, preservation/protection; Arts, Arts Education; Christian agencies and churches; Libraries (Public); Museums (art)
  • Geographic focus: Maine
  • Deadlines: None

Bangor Savings Bank Foundation: Foundation Grant Making

"The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Grant Making was created in 1997 to help fulfill our commitment to improving community life in Maine. Today, the Bank has chosen to improve the impact and coordination of its giving by channeling all major charitable contributions from the Bank through the Foundation's grant-making process."
Learn more about Bangor Savings grants:

The Libra Foundation

Elizabeth C. Flaherty
Administrative Assistant
Three Canal Plaza
P.O. Box 17516
Portland, ME 04112
(207) 879-6280

  • The Libra Foundation is a private operating foundation established by Elizabeth B. Noyce which became active in June, 1989.
  • This foundation is authorized by the Internal Revenue Service to make grants and contributions to charitable organizations other than political organizations.
  • Applicants must be tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the IRS code and "not a private foundation" under section 509(a) of the code
  • Please direct inquiries, requests for application forms, letters and grant requests to contact information above.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy - The Maine Family Literacy Initiative

Becky Dyer
Maine Department of Education
State House Station 23
Augusta, ME 04333
Telephone (207) 624-6755

  • Purpose: Expand small family literacy programs throughout Maine.

Maine Philanthropy Center

USM Library
P.O. Box 9301
Portland, Maine 041-04-9301
Telephone 207-780-5039

  • The Maine Philanthropy Center is a nonprofit organization established in 1995 by a group of foundations to promote effective philanthropy in Maine.
  • Check the web site for helpful events and support for fundraising.
  • About The Maine Philanthropy Center

The following serve as affiliates to the Maine Philanthropy Center.

  • Bangor Public Library
  • Camden Public Library
  • UM Merrill Library in Machias
  • Cary Library in Houlton

The Davis Foundation

Attn: Nancy M. Wilson, Executive Director
4 Fundy Road
Falmouth, Maine 04105
Telephone: 207-781-5504

  • Applicants must be tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the IRS code and "not a private foundation" under section 509(a) of the code.
  • Strong preference is given to organizations located in Southern Maine, but those in other parts of Maine and New England may be considered.

Maine Community Foundation

225 Main Street
Ellsworth, Maine 04605
Telephone 207-667-9735


Portland: One Monument Square, Suite 200
Portland, ME 04112
Telephone 207-761-2440
Telephone toll free 1-877-700-6800

Maine Humanities Council Let’s Talk About It

Let’s Talk About It is an adult reading & discussion program sponsored by Maine Humanities Council’s Center for the Book in partnership with the Maine State Library. Programs are offered free of charge to Maine libraries thanks to funding from the Belvedere Fund of the Maine Community Foundation & the citizens of Maine through the New Century Community Program, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please note there are application deadlines for hosting a Let's Talk About It program for Summer, Fall, and Winter/Spring.

More information about the program, application and deadlines to apply

Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust

Managed by Maine Community Foundation, awards granted every year to public libraries in Maine communities with population under 10,000 people.

Eligible libraries are located in Waldo, Knox, Hancock, Washington, Aroostook, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.

Online application for member libraries

The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation

The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation is a private non-profit organization that "promotes strengthening and supporting communities and draws upon the values and spirituality of the founders."

49 Florida Ave.
Bangor, Maine 04401
Telephone: 1-207-990-2910
Fax: 207-990-2975

Company Communities Funded

FedEx Global Community Relations Program--The mission of the FedEx Global Community Relations Program is to support the communities the company serves through financial contributions, in-kind shipping services and volunteer services of employees. The company's core giving areas include: Emergency and Disaster Relief; Pedestrian and Child Safety; and Education, with emphasis on technology, global economics, cultural diversity and programs that enhance learning. FedEx also provides support for Health and Human Services, primarily through the United Way and March of Dimes, with limited support for youth development organizations and others that meet basic human needs. FedEx is especially interested in supporting organizations that request 5% or less of the total project budget. The company also weighs the involvement of employees in groups that seek financial support. Applications may be submitted at any time.