Four Ways To Support Free Events


Five slots on the homepage, over 3000 unique readers monthly and growing. You pay $40 a month. Includes a linked ad, option to change your ad once a month, and no contracts or commitments- cancel when you want. Reach out.


Donate to my GoFundMePaypal, or Venmo (@PortlandCheatSheet)


I will gladly meet you more than halfway and sign up for your preferred funding method to keep this going. Let's talk.


  • First, I appreciate you sharing my site with anyone who can benefit. More monthly visitors means greater chances of finding funding to cover more free events & expanding to underserved regions.

  • Follow my 'Book & 'Gram for weekly summaries every Thursday.

  • What are your ideas to collaborate? Write, I'll respond.

  • Sign up for my Thursday newsletter highlighting free events.

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A Radical Experiment of Transparency

Every Dollar Earned in 2022 (updated every Thursday)

July 23: Jean- $20, GoFundMe

July 16: Ellen- $25, Venmo

June 27: Eileen- $30, Venmo

June 27: Janie- $30, Venmo

June 23: Anonymous- $40, GoFundMe

May 19: My Place Teen Center- $200, GoFundMe

April 9: Jill- $15, Venmo

Mar 23: Stacie-$15, Paypal

Mar 10: Tiffany- $10, Venmo

Mar 9: Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission Microenterprise Grant- $10,000

Feb 22: Kiana- $15, Venmo

Feb 17: Erika- $25, Venmo

Jan 27: Noah- $20, Paypal

Jan 1: Brian- $25, GoFundMe


2021 TOTAL: $425 

The "Grants I Didn't Get" Cheat Sheet

  • Libra Future Fund

  • New Ventures Marketing Mini Grant (2017, 2022)

  • Creative Portland's Artist Relief Fund

  • City of Portland's Microenterprise Grant

  • Portland Space Gallery's Kindling Fund

  • Biddeford's Engine Ignite Grant

  • The Awesome Foundation

  • Trailblazer First Strides Grant

  • Giving Joy Grant

  • Maine Arts Commission Artist Springboard Grant

The Portland Cheat Sheet
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Hi, I'm Taryn. I designed & launched the Portland Cheat Sheet almost 20 years after first thinking about it.

After decades of working class poverty and minimum wage jobs, I took a huge risk


to develop my biggest dream and see what would happen.


I do everything around here- calling places every day to verify information, checking hundreds of local websites (last count: 500+), all the editing, web, marketing and sales. If you reach out to the Cheat Sheet, you’ll speak to me every time. I pour my heart into this and hope you find it beneficial in your lives. 

Your donations, ads, and grants are my only income for this solo mission. It provides revenue to keep the site going and savings to make the big changes that are coming.


My 5 year plan:

  • I'm buying a database so the site will be fully searchable. Currently, all events are manually pasted into a text box; with the database, searching events can be customized by town, date or time.


  • I'm hiring a graphic designer to make the site look better.

  • I'll be expanding free event coverage in 25+ towns, and adding more towns to the mix. I estimate Southern Maine has 2000 free events monthly, right now I cover half that. We're going to get there and I have a visionary plan how to do that, too.


​Whether you help by spreading the word, sponsoring the site, or donating a couple bucks, please support my vision: Everything Free to Do for All.


As a one-woman band, I sincerely can't keep this running without your help. I've been single just about my entire life and don't have family of my own; I look at all of you as the invisible force keeping me going. After one year, we're a tribe of over 3000 people a month. And although I can't see you, I feel your presence daily. Let's see what happens together, in real time. 


(Interested data experts, software & graphic designers, website builders, and creatives can always drop me a line to share ideas/talk shop.)

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