Start Up/Scale Up awarded $200,000 to 10 nonprofits last year, including Tear Cap Workshops in Hiram to support the Rent-a-Bench makerspace program. Shop steward Henry Banks (right) explains the setup to a couple starting a woodworking project. PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH BANKS

MaineCF grant program seeks applications 

ELLSWORTH — The Maine Community Foundation’s Start Up/Scale Up grant program is seeking applications from Maine nonprofit organizations that help new ventures start and grow through programs such as collaborative workspaces and incubator and accelerator programs 

Grants will be awarded to organizations and projects that meet the criteria and that have the greatest potential to support innovation and entrepreneurship in Maine.  

Priority will be given to projects or organizations that: 

  • Actively engage entrepreneurs through programs, networking, problem-solving with peers and others, and providing access to resources. 
  • Support entrepreneurs and businesses in rural communities and in areas with limited access to resources.  
  • Serve entrepreneurs and businesses founded or led by women and Black, Indigenous and other people of color. 
  • Include partnerships and collaborations with other organizations, individuals, businesses or institutions. 

The deadline for applications is April 1. Guidelinesapplication and a list of 2020 grants can be found at www.mainecf.orgMaximum grants of $25,000 may support a range of program expenses as well as capital investment in equipment, technology and buildings.  

Questions about the grant program should be directed to senior program officer Maggie Drummond-Bahl at [email protected] or (207) 412-0839.    

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