Start-up organizations, projects involving economically disadvantaged or disabled Mainers, libraries, symphonies, hospice care, and projects related to the town of Friendship are eligible for funding from the Maine Charity Foundation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 15, 2013. Apply online at

Last year, the Maine Charity Foundation Fund distributed $67,100. The 20 grants ranged in size from $800 to $4,000. Among the organizations funded were the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, for the production of the Masterworks concert program, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and related activities; and the Piscataquis Regional YMCA, to support the purchase of a hydraulic chair lift for disabled swimmers.

Grant guidelines are available at For more information, contact Cathy Melio at or by phone at (877) 700-6800, ext. 1122.