Eligibility for Support
Grants to Green Maine
Nonprofit and Building Eligibility for Grants to Green Maine grant support
To be eligible for matching grant support from the Maine Community Foundation for Grants to Green funded efficiency investments, organizations must:
- Must be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501 c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, donations to which are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170(c)(2) and the IRS determination must be current.
- A nonprofit operated by a religious organization for spaces and systems of a facility dedicated to secular needs (e.g., no sanctuary spaces are eligible). Programs and services provided by a nonprofit operated by a religious organization cannot require participation in a religious activity as condition to receiving services.
- Organizations may only be awarded one Assessment grant and one Implementation grant.
- Organizations may only apply to Grants to Green for one building.
- Have two-year operating history after receiving its tax-exempt status.
- Demonstrate financial stability as evidenced by no significant operating deficits for two-year period prior to application. Current debt level will be taken into account when reviewing application.
- Have annual operating expenses of at least $100,000 and at least one full-time (FTE) equivalent employee.
- Must have current board-approved strategic or business plan that includes mission, goals, strategies, and ways to measure progress toward goals.
- Nonprofit organizations need to own or have a long term lease on entire building for which the nonprofit is requesting support. If leased, must have evidence showing five or more years remaining on current lease(s). If the entire building is not owned by the organization or if portions of the facility are leased to other tenants, separate energy and utility systems metered independently must be present in the nonprofit-operated space.
- The beneficiary building must be currently in use or being renovated by the nonprofit organization. If building is currently not in use, the organization needs to have board-approved long-term building plan based on architectural, structural, and fundraising feasibility studies, overall capital budget, determined occupancy date that will allow use, and demonstrated capacity to raise capital funds at levels to complete the project.
- Organizations must be located in a downtown area. Downtown area is defined as a community’s traditional center that features a dense mix of commercial, cultural, educational and recreational opportunities within walking distance to surrounding residential neighborhoods.
- Organizations must be located in a historic building which is typically 50 years or older, retains authentic characteristics important to the downtown landscape and/or features that makes it architecturally or historically significant. Preference will be given to buildings eligible for, or listed on, the National Register of Historic Places.
Buildings owned by a government entity or publicly funded schools and higher education institutions are not eligible to receive Grants to Green grant support.