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Grant Guidelines


The Harold Alfond Foundation is a charitable private foundation with principal interests in the fields of education, health care, and youth development in the State of Maine, its primary geographic area of interest.  The Foundation also occasionally contributes to other worthy causes in the state.  Emphasis is given to projects in Central Maine, where Mr. Alfond and his family worked and resided.  Today, preference is given to large scale projects with the potential to have a transformative impact on the people and economy of Maine.  When considering major grants, the Foundation will often match funds raised by the grantee from other organizations and individuals to foster community partnerships. 

In making its grant decisions, the Board of Trustees considers the extent to which the organization or project:

  • Has outlined a demonstrable need and presented a workable plan for addressing that need;
  • Is entrepreneurial;
  • Promotes teamwork – within the community, across organizations, or among different divisions of the organization;
  • Has measurable performance outcomes, both quantitative and qualitative;
  • Is financially viable;
  • Has quality management and board leadership; and,
  • Is consistent with Harold Alfond’s pattern of giving and philanthropic principles.

Grants are made to only those organizations that are public charities and/or qualifying tax exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

In general, the Foundation will not make grants to:

  • Individuals
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Start-up organizations
  • Political campaigns or causes
  • Legislative lobbying efforts
  • Organizations or programs that provide benefit outside of the United States
  • Private foundations

The Foundation accepts applications for grants from time to time depending upon its annual budget, schedule of donations for approved projects, and back log of previously submitted applications. 

All applications must be submitted online and follow the below procedures.

Applications must be submitted online via the link below. Soon after submission of the online application, the applicant will receive a confirmation receipt.  While there is no fixed time frame for evaluating applications, the Foundation can usually complete action on an application within 60 to 150 days.  If further information or a personal presentation is required, it will be requested during this period.  Please note that, in general, the Foundation does not schedule a face-to-face meeting until after an application has been submitted and only in such cases when a meeting is essential to the due diligence process and the Trustees have expressed interest in learning more about the organization.  Please also note that the Foundation receives hundreds of grant requests and is simply unable to fund all of the many worthy projects for which funding is sought. 

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You may start and submit a grant application by clicking the link to the right.   Apply here

If you have previously started an application or are an existing grantee, you may access your online account by clicking here.









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