Horizon Foundation Spring 2021 Funding Cycle:

In light of the continued challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Horizon will continue with its “Invitation-only” grantmaking policy of supporting only organizations that the Trustees have identified. Invitations to submit proposals will be made the week of February 15, 2021. These proposals will be due by April 1, 2021.

Horizon will focus its Maine grantmaking not only on programs aligned with its conservation priorities, but also those which support organizations that serve children, providing in-person or online arts, enrichment, educational, and leadership development opportunities, and those which aim to assure food security and assistance for those most vulnerable during these challenging times. 

Outside of Maine, Horizon grants will support organizations that strive to keep educational opportunities vital and operational by maintaining critical connections through distance learning as well as in person.  Support will be focused on programs that help children of all ages feel safe, provide meals, and enable them to continue to grow and develop.  Organizations of interest are ones that demonstrate a deep commitment to protecting families, their communities, and the land that sustains them.  

We wish you, your family, and your community well in this challenging time.

Thank you,

Sandy Buck

President, Horizon Foundation, Inc.


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.