(207) 773-5101

100 Commercial Street, Suite 315
Portland, Maine 04101


All applications are submitted through our online grant system.

We have two grant cycles per year.

Our spring deadline is April 1, 2020. The fall deadline is October 9, 2020.

Some of the documents we will require are organizational and project budgets, a list of your board of trustees, and your 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS. The Foundation can only consider requests from non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations or projects that have a tax-exempt fiscal sponsor.

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Grant Size

Horizon generally will make grants in the $5,000 to $20,000 range, with an average grant size of about $12,500. While many grants will be for onetime projects, multi-year support will be considered. The Foundation will consider proposals for both challenge or matching grants, and encourages collaborative efforts with other grant makers.


Horizon Foundation does not fund and will not consider applications from the following:

  • Annual, building, capital, or endowment fund drives;

  • Colleges and universities;

  • Emergency requests;

  • Health/mental health programs;

  • Individuals;

  • International or foreign programs;

  • Public and private schools;

  • Religious projects; and/or

  • State agencies.

Grant Recipients

Past grantees must wait at least two years before reapplying. For example, if your organization received a grant in spring 2017, you would next be eligible to submit an application for our spring 2019 cycle.

Under most circumstances, final reports are due from grantees one year after receiving a grant. In some cases, we may request an interim update. Instructions will be provided on how to submit a report through our online grant system.


Site Visits and Timing

Once you have submitted your application, we may contact you to set up a site visit to meet with you and see your work in action.

Grant decisions are made in late May for the spring cycle and late November for our fall cycle. Organizations receiving grants will be notified of the award and must complete our simple, online grant contract before we mail the grant check. We generally mail checks out around June 1st for the spring cycle and December 1st for the fall cycle.