The Maine Community Foundation seeks proposals to its Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund for projects and organizations that promote traditional handcrafts in Maine.

An anonymous donor established the Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund in 2007. Grant funding supports fiber arts, ceramics, basketry, jewelry, glass arts, woodwork, leather and metal crafts. It also includes traditional Native American handcrafts.

Grants are available for new or expanding projects and capacity-building activities. Online applications are available through the Maine Community Foundation at

In 2017, the fund awarded seven grants that totaled $26,750. Locally, Maine Fiberarts in Topsham upgraded and expanded technology capability to better receive, store and present photographic images of Maine art and crafts with help from one of the grants. 

The application deadline is Friday, June 1. For more information, visit the foundation’s website,, or contact Cathy Melio,, or by phone at 207-412-2002.

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