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Request for Proposals: Summer-Focused Programs and Projects 2022

Brick & Beam Society, a giving circle of United Way of Southern Maine, takes a broad view of the community, bringing leaders together, and building momentum for action. They also leverage United Way of Southern Maine’s rich history, resources, knowledge, and relationships to get results. Brick & Beam Society is aligned with Thrive2027 Community-Wide Goals¹ and United Way of Southern Maine. For more information about Brick & Beam Society, please visit: http://brickandbeam.org/

Description of Opportunity: With this funding opportunity, Brick & Beam Society seeks to support summer-focused projects that are short-term/immediate. The proposal should clearly articulate how the proposed project aligns with this focus, targets early childhood learning and/or STEAM programming, and supports high need populations birth through 8th grade in Cumberland County (minus Brunswick and Harpswell).

Brick & Beam Society values all past and current partnerships with funded partners and continuously looks to broaden its reach in the community through new organizations who have not previously been funded or applied. Applicants must meet Brick & Beam Society’s minimum eligibility requirements².

Process: Applications will be reviewed by Brick & Beam Society’s Impact Investing Committee (IIC). Applicants will be notified of the funding decisions by the second week of April.

Thrive2027 Alignment:

To make measurable progress on the Thrive2027 goals, everyone needs to play a part through aligning work and reinforcing each other’s efforts. Your program/project must gather and share data that connects to the Thrive2027 indicators and strategies. Please refer to the attached Thrive2027 Goals Framework.

Interested applicants are encouraged to reach out to UWSM staff to discuss any questions of alignment: Stephanie Nicoson, snicoson@uwsme.org.

Amount: $20,000 or less

Funding Period: One year, starting on the award of grant funding, unless otherwise noted.

Deadline for Submission: March 11th, 2022

If you have questions, please email Stephanie Nicoson at snicoson@uwsme.org.

¹ Thrive 2027 Community-Wide Goals were announced in June of 2016. Using local data and input from the community, the Greater Portland Community-Wide Goals Council, supported by United Way of Southern Maine, unanimously adopted a set of ambitious goals for Cumberland County. 

² Minimum qualifications include: 1) 501(c)(3) status (or achievement of status as part of investment), public school, municipal entity or Indian Tribal government; 2) Patriot Act Compliance; and 3) operate on a non-discriminatory basis with regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, disability and sexual orientation.

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