Apply for a Grant

2021 Grant Applications 
Important Dates:
  • May 15, 2021 - technical review and feedback if you would like (not required)
  • May 31, 2021 - Final Application Due
  • July - Celebration of Awards 

We accept grant applications from the nonprofit organizations of Chebeague Island.

You will find two application files. One is a MS Word documents and one is a PDF.  Choose the one that works for your organization. These versions include expenditures on consultants, contractors and large capital items and if you have any.

The Recompense Fund board is here to help you with your grant applications and answer any questions you may have. We really want to make this a smooth and easy process for you.

If you  submit your draft application before May 15th, we will respond with any suggestions that might improve your application. This technical review and feedback may help you feel confident when submitting your final application by June 6.

Awards will be made before the end of June.

In July there will be a community gathering to celebrate 2020 awards, where the nonprofits are required to present their plans and share news about their nonprofit.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

Send your completed application to 

Learn more about writing grants

Writing a successful grant application is a process that begins with an idea. The attachment below provides easy tips for the grant writing process and  may help you plan more effectively.

  1. Read the guidelines and directions carefully. Use a checklist to be sure that you include everything that is required. Don't submit information that is not required

  2. Contact Recompense if you are unsure of something or if you have questions.

  3.  Have your application proofread to correct any errors.

  4.  Be as specific as you can with numbers, percentages, and other data.

  5.  Provide a detailed and accurate budget. Whenever possible, show that your project has other forms of support. Include in-kind support

Each organization receiving a grant from The Recompense Fund must complete the Progress Report near the end of the grant period and submit it to the Maine Community Foundation, with a copy to the Recompense Fund.  The completed report is due before an organization can apply for a new grant.

We are interested in hearing about the highlights of your successes and challenges with the grant. We would like to hear your ideas about improving our support for your work.

We are interested in hearing from you about the highlights of your successes and your challenges with the grant. We want to hear your frank ideas about improving our support for your work.

Creating a Strong Application
  1. Mission - Describe in 100 words or less, your organization’s mission or purpose and the primary populations you serve.

  2. Programs or Services - Describe in 100 words or less, one or two of your organization’s most important programs.

  3.  Project Description - Complete the following sentence in 25 words or less: We request support to__________.

  4. Overview - Provide a description of your project, including the overall goal and community need (s) you will address.

  5. Overview – List up to three specific results you hope to achieve, include a brief explanation of how you will track your progress and/or measure your results.

  6. Impact – For project requests:  Explain how this project will make the community stronger. For capacity building requests:  Explain how this project will make your organization stronger.

  7. Activities – List up to five specific activities you will do to achieve the results and impact you described above.

  8. Partnerships and Collaboration:  List any organization that you will partner with to make this project successful.  Include a brief description of what each partner organization will do in this project.

  9. Population Served – Describe the people who will most benefit from this project.  Include an estimate of the number of people who will directly benefit from or participate in your project.

  10. Key Project Personnel – List specific roles, responsibilities and qualifications of key personnel for this project.

  11. Budget Narrative – Describe how you plan to use the grant funds if you receive them in 200 words or less.  Please check the grant program guidelines for a list of what is eligible for support.

  12. Board Members and Advisoy Committee – The board list help reviewers assess the strength of an organization by considering the expertise and skills of the board.


The Recompense Fund

Supporting the sustainability of Chebeague

CONTACT US: The Recompense Fund  •  Post Office Box 42 • Chebeague Island, ME 04017

© 2019 by The Recompense Fund.

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