The Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation is seeking applications. The deadline to apply is June 1. The maximum grant award is $10,000 for work that will begin September 1 or later.

The fund supports projects and organizations that promote Maine traditional handcrafts. Only nonprofit and municipal organizations are eligible; MaineCF cannot make grants to individual artists. New this year, due to the pandemic, the fund will offer general operating support grants only to organizations whose sole mission centers on Maine traditional handcrafts.

The fund awarded $112,807 to 13 organizations in 2020, including, locally, Cultural Resources Inc., Rockport, to support the Wabanaki Arts Mentorship Program, an intergenerational teaching program of traditional crafts and cultural knowledge; Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, to equip new studio and studio annex buildings with tools and materials that support year-round ceramics arts programming; and Atlantic Challenge Foundation Inc., Rockland, to continue to strengthen boatbuilding instruction and apprentice programs.

Funding announcements will be made in August. For more information, email Leslie Goode at or phone 412-2002.