Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What kinds of nonprofit groups does JOY fund?
A. Youth-serving organizations in Maine that have a current IRS 501c3 exemption. This link shows past grantees JOY Overview – 2009-2017

Q. What is an EIN?
A. This is the unique Employer Identification Number your organization received when it incorporated. The format is a 9-digit number (i.e., 00-0000000)

Q. What if my organization isn’t an incorporated tax-exempt organization?
A. If not a tax-exempt entity itself, your organization must have a fiscal sponsor to accept the funds on its behalf.

Q. Who makes the final funding decisions?
A. The students in the JMG program that sent you the Request For Proposal (RFP) will make the final decision regarding funding and/or providing volunteer service.  More than 3,500 JMG-enrolled students across Maine take part in the JOY program each year.

Q. Who should I contact if I have a question about the application or process?
A. Please contact the JMG Specialist identified in the RFP.

Q. What are the application dates?
A. The JOY program runs during the school year. Typically applications are accepted from December to February. The ID and Password to access the Application Form changes each year and are provided in the RFP. No unsolicited applications are accepted.

Q. My organization received a grant last year; can we apply again this year?
A. Yes. As long as you are invited by a JMG program you may reapply. It is strongly recommended that you complete the evaluation of last year’s funding before submitting another application.

Q. More than one JMG program has invited my organization to apply for funding – is this acceptable?
A. Yes. A single nonprofit may apply to those JMG programs that have specifically asked. [Note: in some cases, several programs may be working together and require that only one application by submitted. Please follow the instructions provided]

Q. Can my organization apply to other JMG programs without being invited?
A. Checks to all grant recipients are typically processed and mailed directly to them in May.

Q. If my organization is chosen for funding, when do we get the money?
A. The JOY funders understand that many applicants/grantees provide services to youth across the state. The students are the ones who have to understand the issues in their own communities and then do the research about what nonprofits are doing to address those issues. We encourage students to look into whether there is a local connection for them.  Only then are those organizations invited to apply for funding.

We do not encourage nonprofits to submit ‘cold’ applications – which is why there are specific log-on and passwords (changed each year) that are provided by the JMG site to invitees.

One of the outcomes seen from the program is that youth-serving nonprofits across the state are beginning to review their communications strategies and make sure they are reaching their target audience, and therefor becoming more visible.  Certainly making sure that an evaluation and thank you to the funding site are valuable tools as Specialists and students do share information.

Q. As a JOY grant recipient, is my organization eligible to apply to partners Maine Community Foundation and/or Unity Foundation?

A. Yes; however, each funder has its own application guidelines so be sure to visit their websites for the most current information.
Maine Community Foundation

Unity Foundation

Q. Why was JOY created?
A. The partner organizations have a long-standing commitment to supporting youth. In 2002, a small group of students took part in a 6-week Unity Foundation program to learn philanthropy and provide support to youth organizations in Waldo County, Maine.  That group became UniKids Care Club (a program of partner UniTel, Inc.).  In 2008, Unity Foundation and Maine Community Foundation decided to work together.  Jobs for Maine’s Graduates was identified as the organization with the resources to deliver the program statewide.  In 2009, 3,500 middle and high school students participated and awarded $51,000 and 12,000 hours of volunteer service.

Q. How is JOY different from other youth philanthropy programs?
A. JOY focuses on developing youth philanthropy as part of the middle and high school curriculum. Building on the intensive community service and citizenship curriculum already offered by JMG, the students will learn the critical role that nonprofits play in meeting overwhelming community needs. The majority of other youth programs focus on advocacy, have a limited number of youth serve as advisors for some their traditional giving programs or provide after-school programs.