The Maine Community Foundation seeks proposals to its Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund for projects and organizations that promote traditional handcrafts in Maine. Deadline is June 1.

An anonymous donor established the Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund in 2007. Grant funding supports fiber arts, ceramics, basketry, jewelry, glass arts, woodwork, leather, metal crafts and more. 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

Last year, the fund awarded seven grants that totaled $26,750. They included Waterfall Arts in Belfast, to support a series of accessible events designed to expand the ceramics studio’s reach to all sectors of the community.

For more information, visit the website or contact Cathy Melio at or 412-2002. A statewide organization headquartered in Ellsworth with offices in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or