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25K For Kids Grant Application

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25K For Kids Grant Application

Each year, the MainStreet Foundation donates $25,000 to one local non-profit that benefits at-risk youth in Maine by focus on providing life essentials: food, shelter, and security. After applications are submitted, the Board meets and selects three finalists to make a presentation. From the finalists, one organization receives the special $25,000 award.

Timeline

May – July: Applications are accepted May 1st with final deadline for submission being July 31st.

August: Applications are reviewed at the August Board meeting and three finalists are selected.

October: Finalists present in person at the October Board meeting.

November: The winner and runners-up for the $25k for Kids award are announced in November.

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Grant Criteria

The more clearly a proposed project can demonstrate that it has had a positive impact on and meet the needs of at risk youth the more favorably it will be viewed by the Foundation’s Board.  The Foundation generally gives priority to local organizations with sustainable, if modest, organizational budgets.  In the case of requests from large organizations (e.g. with annual operating budgets in excess of $2 million), the proposal and related budget must clearly differentiate the proposed project from total operating budget, as well as meeting other criteria.

The Foundation seeks proposals that provide direct service to at-risk youth including, but not limited to:

  • After school and mentoring programs
  • Leadership development and experience of all types
  • Promoting literacy and a love of learning
  • Coping with homelessness and difficult family dynamics
  • Promoting mental health and developing effective change and coping mechanisms
  • Learning life-management skills

The Foundations grants will not be given to support:

  • General operating expenses or annual operating budget
  • Endowments
  • Conferences or Seminars
  • Training of trainers or teachers
  • Facilities renovation or improvement

We do not support multi-year requests or capital campaigns.  We also ask that grant recipients do not apply for additional funding for at least 12 months or one calendar year, whichever is longer, from the conclusion of any previously funded projects before submitting another request.  The Bank will take in to consideration total donations of Androscoggin Bank in deciding upon a grant request to the Foundation.  Grants are generally limited to the market areas served by Androscoggin Bank.

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