About the Grant

What is the Alfond Grant?

The Alfond Grant: $500 for Maine Children

Harold Alfond was a Maine businessman and philanthropist who wanted to make a difference for Maine children and their future.  He understood how education after high school can open doors for the future, and he wanted all Maine children to get a head start on that bright future. 

That’s why Mr. Alfond started the Alfond Grant, a program that invests $500 for the future education of every baby born a Maine resident starting in 2013.  The program was also available on a more limited basis from 2008-2012 – read more below!

How much has been invested?

As of November, 2023, over $75 million in Alfond Grants has been invested for over 150,000 Maine children.

Who is eligible for the $500 Alfond Grant?

Children born as Maine residents in 2013 and later have automatically been awarded the Alfond Grant. 

For every baby born a Maine resident starting in 2013, the Alfond Scholarship Foundation invests a $500 Alfond Grant for his or her future qualified higher education expenses. The Alfond Scholarship Foundation invests these funds until the child is ready to use them. The Alfond Grant can be used to pay for higher education expenses at eligible higher education institutions and must be used by the child’s 28th birthday. 

Maine babies born between 2009 and 2012 (and 2008 MaineGeneral-born babies) receive the Alfond Grant if a NextGen 529 account was opened prior to the child’s first birthday.

Children born before 2013 for whom a NextGen 529 account was not opened by the first birthday deadline are no longer eligible for the Alfond Grant. 

Alfond Grants can be used at eligible post-secondary education institutions.

These include all accredited post-secondary institutions that are eligible to participate in Federal student aid programs – public universities, private college, graduate schools, vocational schools and some certificate programs – even some schools that are outside the United States. The funds do not need to be used at a school in Maine.

Generally, you can use these funds to pay for the big-ticket items like tuition, room & board (if enrolled at least half time) – even books and supplies – including computers!

For more information, check out our FAQs page.

For more information about the Alfond Grant and eligibility, click here.

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And now it’s up to you!

Mr. Alfond started your child’s higher education savings, and now it’s up to you to continue investing for his or her future. The Alfond Scholarship Foundation is here to help with the Alfond Grant program, sharing resources and information to help Maine children on their journey to higher education.

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