Application FAQ’s

What types of organizations are eligible for grants?

All grant applicants must be eligible to accept tax-deductible donations as outlined in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. This includes 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt organizations, public schools, public agencies or Indian tribal governments (and their political subdivisions) recognized by the Department of the Interior. The Trust does not make grants to individuals.

What type of projects does the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust consider?

The Trust will consider grants for special programs, operating support or capital expenses.

To assist applicants, the directors of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust have identified the following areas of interest with a focus on serving individuals and communities in the State of Maine:

Educational programs, that provide underserved populations with access to resources both inside and outside of the traditional classroom. Priority is given to programs that ultimately lead to enhanced employment skills and greater opportunities for economic independence.

Cultural projects, with priority given to those with a community education or engagement component or ones that increase access to the arts for underserved populations.

Historic preservation projects, with consideration given to capital projects in rural communities where other resources aren’t widely available.

Environmental initiatives, with priority given to educational programs that engage and educate young people as well as the preservation and protection of natural resources.

What is a typical grant size?

Generally, grants range in size from $5,000 to $20,000 depending upon the size of the organization or project. The Directors may use their discretion from time to time to make awards outside of that range.

Are there any special considerations?

  • Organizations are encouraged to partner and collaborate with organizations where there is an overlapping mission or geography.
  • Applicants that demonstrate how they are supporting or serving a need in their community are more likely to be funded.
  • Priority may be given to those applicants that serve rural areas where access to funding is less available.
  • Historic preservation applicants are encouraged to include a letter of support from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.

Are there any restrictions?

  • Generally, the Trust does not provide multi-year grants but applicants may be considered for up to two consecutive years.
  • The Trust generally does not fund endowments or annual campaigns.
  • The following organizations are not encouraged to submit requests:
    • National or regional organizations based outside of Maine
    • Organizations that provide medical services, operate research facilities or focus on a particular disease or medical condition.

How do I apply for a grant?

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