THE MARGARET E. BURNHAM 
 CHARITABLE TRUST



 
 
Our Mission Requirements & Limitations Applicant Certification
Funding Priorities Annual  Funding Cycle Grant Application Form
How to Reach Us Application Guidelines Prior Grant Recipients

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

  • Our Mission The Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust was established to benefit nonprofit organizations (1) located or operating in the State of Maine and (2) serving within the State of Maine. 


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  • Our Funding Priorities The Trust, in responding to the needs of the Maine communities it serves,  is dedicated to funding five (5) significant program areas of interest within the following general annual distribution and allocation percentages:
    • Community/Social Services 30%
    • Medical  20%
    • Educational  20%
    • Arts/Culture  20% 
    • Environment 10% 
    Note: From time to time, the Trust  may make awards to organizations and institutions who have made no formal request, who we have recognized for exemplary work,  and/or show significant promise in one or more of these five areas,  and whose continuing work and mission would be more fully enhanced and supported by this funding.

     
  • Applicant Requirements and Limitations The Trust annually awards charitable grants only to organizations which are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code,  not to private foundations under Section 509 of the Code, nor to governmental entities. The Trust generally does not fund multi-year requests.  We do not fund awards to individuals or to religious organizations.


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  • Application Consideration and Funding Cycle The Trustees meet once a year in December to review applications for grants and to make awards.  Applications must be submitted to the Trustees by October 1st*. Those organizations submitting grants will be notified of the Trustees' decision by the end of the year.

  • * Please note new deadline.


     
  • Application Guidelines For your application to be considered:

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  • Please submit a completed application, which  consists of: 
  • (1) The certification,  application,  project description & budget pages
    (2) A copy of the organization's most recent Section 501 (c) (3) IRS ruling
    (3) A copy of the organization's most recent financial statement or tax return
    (4) A list of the organization's officers and directors.

     
  • Letters and grant application requests should be addressed to:
  • Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust
    Thomas M. Pierce, Trustee
    c/o H.M. Payson & Co
    P.O. Box 31
    Portland, ME 04112-0031
    207-772-3761


    Applicant Certification:  (please copy or cut, paste and print on your letterhead)

    To:  The Trustees of the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust

    The applicant hereby gives assurance that:

    1. The activities and services for which assistance is sought will be administered by or under the supervision of the applicant;

    2. Funds received under this application will be used in accordance with the request;

    3. The filing of this request has been authorized by the Board of Directors of the applicant; 

    4. The requesting organization is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization and is not a private foundation.

    I, __________________________, do attest that the information contained in this application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

    Signature of authorized representative of organization

    Name (printed) _____________________________________

    Signature __________________________________________

    Title ______________________________________________

    Date ____________________



    Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust 
    Application Form

    I. GENERAL INFORMATION

      A.   Organization Name _____________________________________

      B.   Year Organized __________________________________________

      C.   Address  ________________________________________________

      D.   Telephone No. __________________________________________

      E.   Contact Person & Title ___________________________________

      F.   Email Address _________________ __________________________

      G.  Tax ID # __________________________________________________

    2. SPECIFIC INFORMATION

    (Note: If the space provided is insufficient, the following information can be provided in an attachment. )

    A. Type of Use for which funding is being requested: 
         __________________________________________________________________________

    B. Expected  measurable Benefits:
         __________________________________________________________________________

    C.  Evaluation Method:  Tell us how you will regularly  measure,  document, and  evaluate  your results,  (both qualitative and quantitative) and what the impact of your project will be in your community?

    D. How will you Involve those served - and other organizations in the community - in your planning and implementation to broaden your base of support and to ensure appropriate and responsive service?

    E. How will you tell the community  - Market your project - to those being served? 

    F. Detailed Line Item Budget: What is your proposed Budget, detailing each of your line item income and expenses  - listing all funding sources.
    (Details should be appended)

    G. Funding Continuation: How will the project continue to be funded and sustained at the end of the grant? 

    H. How will you build  collaborative Partnerships in your community to encourage shared ownership, participation and ongoing project sustainability? 

    I. Funding requested from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust:

        $ ______________________


         MARGARET E. BURNHAM CHARITABLE TRUST 
         PRIOR GRANT RECIPIENTS
    Abbe Museum
    Acorn School for the Performing Arts 
    AIDS Lodging House
    Aroostook Mental Health Services
    Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp
    Atlantic Chamber Orchestra
    Auburn Public Library
    Bagaduce Music Lending Library
    Bangor Symphony Orchestra
    Bethel Historical Society
    Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    Board Network
    Bowdoin Summer Music Festival
    Caleb Adult Center
    Catholic Charities of Maine
    Center for Maine History
    College of the Atlantic 
    Colonial Dames/Tate House
    Community Counseling of Maine
    Dyer Library Association
    Eastern Maine Children's Museum
    Friends of Fort Knox
    Friends of Merrymeeting Bay
    Friends of the Square and Memorial Park
    Friendship House
    Greater Portland Landmarks
    Home Counselors Inc.
    Hospice of Hancock County
    Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
    Jason Program
    Junior Achievement
    Kids First Center
    Kieve Affective Education
    Lakes Environmental Association 
    Lewiston Auburn Arts
    Lincoln County Community Theater
    Long Island Community Library
    Lunt School 
    Maine Alliance for Arts Education
    Maine Artists Space
    Maine Coast Artists
    Maine Coast Heritage Trust
    Maine College of Art
    Maine Equal Justice Partners
    Maine Jewish Film Festival 
    Maine Medical Center
    Maine State Ballet 
    Maine State Music Theater
    Mercy Hospital
    Mitchell Institute
    Natl. Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Maine
    National Society of Colonial Dames 
    Nature Conservancy
    New England Forestry
    Oratoria Chorale
    PCA Great Performances
    Peoples Regional Opportunity Program
    Pine Tree State Arboretum 
    Planned Parenthood
    Portland Harbor Museum
    Portland Museum of Art
    Portland Stage Company
    Portland Trails
    Portland's Downtown District
    Preble Street Resource Center
    River Tree Arts
    Robert A Frost Memorial Library
    Root Cellar
    Round Top Center for the Arts
    Southern Maine Medical Center
    Spurwink Institute
    St. Joseph's College
    St. Andrews Hospital
    St Mary's Regional Medical Center
    Stanley Museum
    State YMCA Camp of Maine
    Susan L Curtis Foundation
    Sweetser Family Services
    United Way of Greater Portland*
    University of Maine at Machias
    University of New England
    University of Southern Maine
    Victoria Mansion
    Warrington House, Inc.
    Wayside Evening Soup Kitchen
    Yes! To Youth
    YWCA

    * Divided among the United Way organizations around the state on 
    a pro rated basis. 10 in total. 


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