The Peaks Island Fund at the Maine Community Foundation seeks applications from nonprofits that assist the island community. The fund awarded $42,472 in grants to nine nonprofits in 2019.
Requested grants must serve Peaks Island community members; impact island residents directly within the next year; have potential for continuing impact on the community; include clear financial documentation; and meet MaineCF eligibility.
The deadline for applications is June 1, 2020. For guidelines, application and a complete list of last year’s grants, visit www.mainecf.org. The Peaks Island Fund was created in 2004 and is supported through the generosity of island residents.
Priorities of the fund include helping to reduce economic barriers to living on the island; providing or increasing access to educational and enrichment programs for youth; and preserving and protecting the built and natural environment, including projects that reduce energy consumption and increase year-round social and cultural resources for the community.
Many of the Peaks Island projects funded in the past have involved contractors or service people visiting a site in person to make an estimate. Recognizing that this arrangement is now challenging due to COVID-19, we have changed the application requirements to allow for contract work estimates to be approximate rather than exact and to be done by email with an added verbal explanation of how the contractor or service provider arrived at that estimate.