The Alfred M. Senter Fund is a private charitable trust established
by Alfred M. Senter. Mr. Senter was the owner of Senter’s
Department Store in downtown Brunswick, located within the buildings
which are now Senter Place. The Fund is authorized by the trust
document to make grants to public charities (as defined by federal
Internal Revenue Code) providing services in the State of Maine.
The public charities to which the Fund will make grants are those
described in IRS Code Section 170 (c), in Sections 170(b) (1) (A)
ii, iii, iv, v, vi, and in Sections 2055 (a) and 2522 (a) or corresponding
provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws. Documentation of
this must be provided at the time of application to the Fund by
providing a copy of the most recent IRS tax determination letter
issued to the applicant.
It was the wish of Alfred M. Senter, but not his direction, that
public charities benefiting from this Fund be involved in promoting
the cultural, educational, environmental well being and general
health and welfare of the inhabitants of the Towns of Brunswick,
Topsham, Durham, Harpswell, West Bath and Lisbon and the City of
Bath, all in the State of Maine.
The Fund especially seeks to support charities for which small
grants will make a significant difference. The Fund does not normally
award grants to finance regular operating budgets or to add to
the endowment of other non-profit organizations. In most instances,
individual grants will not exceed $20,000. No grant shall inure
or be payable to or for the benefit of any individual, partnership,
corporation, private shareholder or contributor, or be made to
attempt to influence legislation or any political campaign.
The Fund Committee meets in November of each year to consider
requests for grants. The Fund will consider grant applications
received no later than October 31 for that calendar year. Applicants
will receive notification regarding the status of their request
by the end of November for the current year. Grant requests must
be submitted by mail or by hand with an original and six copies.
The Fund Committee requires that a short application form be completed.
Additional materials may also be provided such that the Committee
may adequately weigh the merits of the request. Subjects which
should be addressed include the history, purpose, objectives or
rationale of the project, benefit, method of accomplishment and
continuation, budget and timelines, method of evaluation of the
results, persons or groups involved, and other sources of funding.
Instructions regarding the application are attached.
The Committee does not normally meet with applicants.
If a grant is provided by the Fund, it is requested that the receiving
send a brief final report to the Fund no later than October 31
of the following year describing the actual use of the grant funds
and the results achieved.
Here to download the grant application.
Here to see grants awarded from 2002-2013
Here to see grants awarded from 2013-2017