STATE — Nonprofit leaders of color may be eligible for grants from the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF).

MaineCF’s Investing in Leaders of Color grant program supports nonprofit leaders of color and their organizations. The program provides one-on-one coaching, a stipend for professional development and operating costs, and networking opportunities.

The applicant must be a person of color in a leadership role at an organization that primarily serves communities of color and promotes racial equity.

In 2021, Investing in Leaders of Color (ILOC) awarded 12 grants totaling $83,400. Donors with advised funds at MaineCF awarded an additional three grants totaling $20,850. Grantees included Leslie Monroy of Mano en Mano in Milbridge; Joseph Jackson of the Maine
Prisoner Advocacy Coalition in Lisbon; and Eunice Nuna of Wounded Healers International in Gorham. For a list of all recent Investing in Leaders of Color grantees, visit

“Nonprofit leaders of color are core drivers of racial equity work in Maine,” said Lelia DeAndrade, MaineCF vice president of community impact. “The goal of the ILOC program is to support nonprofit leaders of color and their organizations.”

The deadline for proposals is September 15. For more information and to apply, visit Contact DeAndrade with questions at [email protected] or 207-412-0843.

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