Skip to content
A woman stands excitedly in front of a container of food

Equity & Impact Funds

Cultural Celebrations

Communities of color, Indigenous populations, refugees, immigrants, and asylum-seekers are disproportionately impacted by food insecurity. This often results in unequal access to not only healthy, culturally significant foods for individuals and families but also affects community celebrations and gatherings, which play a pivotal role in preserving and sustaining cultural identity.

Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine has partnered with Black Owned Maine to relaunch the Cultural Celebrations Fund as a pilot project aimed at allocating grant funding through a community-centric grantmaking process. The objective is to extend support to under-resourced communities and/or those that have historically lacked access to Cultural Celebrations funding.

We welcome you to apply for funding for Round Two in mid-March 2024.

World Refugee Day 2022 - Celebration in Auburn/Lewiston, Maine

Application Information


  • Doing work primarily in the state of Maine
  • Seeking funding to support food costs at a recent or upcoming cultural celebration in Maine
  • Organizations or groups with 501c3 status OR a fiscal sponsor. (If you need help finding a fiscal sponsor, please contact us.)
  • Primarily led by communities of color, immigrants, asylum seekers, or refugees OR primarily serving communities of color, immigrants, asylum seekers, or refugees

Funding Level

Up to $5,000 per organization per year on a 12-month basis

Grantmaking Timeline

Round One

Application Opens: Monday, February 5, 2024
Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2024 11:59 P.M

Decisions Finalized and Funding Distributed: Week of March 4, 2024
All applications for Ramadan funding should be submitted during this round.

Round Two

Application Opens: Monday, March 18, 2024
Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2024 11:59 P.M

Decisions Finalized and Funding Distributed: Week of May 13, 2024

Our Process

Applications will be internally reviewed by Black Owned Maine before being passed to a grant-making committee made up of Good Shepherd and Black Owned Maine staff, as well as community members with lived experience and/or past grantees. The committee will make final decisions, and applicants will be notified of funding decisions the week of March 4, 2024. 

Applicants have the option to fill out the grant application via the online form or fillable PDF linked below. PDF should be emailed to

Recognition: Thank you to Maine Initiatives and Maine Community Foundation for laying the foundation for a community-centric grant process.


Applications will be accepted for Round Two funding in mid-March 2024.

Contact Us

Please contact Khadija Ahmed at or (517) 894-3098 or Rose Barboza at or (207) 849-0008 (via Whatsapp Only) for more information or questions.