Maine Community Foundation’s Investing in Leaders of Color Program is seeking proposals. The Foundation is headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Rockport, Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, and Mars Hill.
The ILOC program is designed for nine people of color in leadership positions at nonprofit organizations that serve communities of color and promote racial equity in Maine. The program offers one-on-one coaching, a professional development stipend, and support for operating costs. The maximum grant awarded through the program to organizations is $6,950. Online applications are due Sept. 15, 2021. Applicants will be notified of final decisions in mid-November. Full guidelines, application, and a list of 2020 grant recipients are available at
The ILOC program is part of MaineCF’s racial equity strategic work, which is building the field of people and organizations to increase the quality of life for all Maine people. “Nonprofit leaders of color are core drivers of racial equity work in Maine,” says Senior Program Officer Gloria Aponte C. “The goal of the ILOC Program is to support nonprofit leaders of color and their organizations.”
For questions about the Investing in Leaders of Color Program, contact Aponte C. by email at or by phone at 761-2440. To learn more about The Maine Community Foundation visit