Horizon Foundation Fall 2021 Funding Cycle:

For the fall 2021 funding cycle, the Trustees of Horizon Foundation will continue with their “Invitation Only” policy of soliciting applications from select organizations that we consider to be consistent with our mission and values. 

For organizations that have not previously received Horizon funding, you may send a one-page executive summary (including your organization’s mission and the purpose for which you seek funding) to by September 1, 2021, and we will consider your request.

Organizations from which we would like to receive applications will be notified by September 15, 2021 and applications will be due on October 15, 2021, for invited organizations only.

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.

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 2020, you would next be eligible to submit an application for our spring 2022 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.