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MaineCF’s Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund Seeks Applications

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund of the Maine Community Foundation seeks applications from nonprofit organizations in Greater Portland that support children aged birth to eight and youth leadership for students through high school.

Grants typically do not exceed $7,500. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2020. Application, guidelines and a list of 2018 grants are available at For more information about the fund, please call or email Program Officer John Ochira at (207) 412-0837 or

Last year’s grantees include:

  • 317 Main Community Music Center, to ensure accessible and affordable early childhood music education opportunities in Southern Maine
  • Cultivating Community, to deliver year-round gardening, cooking, and nutrition education and strengthen healthy food culture at two Title I elementary-schools
  • Mayo Street Arts, to create free puppetry-based programs during the 2020 season for neighborhood families with children 8 and under.

The Daveis Benevolent Fund was established in 1943 to benefit nonprofits serving Greater Portland. The fund advisors recognize the critical roles parents and early childhood education providers play to ensure a child’s readiness to enter school on a path to success and the importance of youth leadership programs that help develop aspirations and abilities of our youth.