Open Funding Opportunities

2017 Direct Services Grant Program

We are pleased to announce our 2017 Direct Services Grant Program (DSGP), open to nonprofit organizations working in Maine to address the immediate needs of disadvantaged people in three areas: 

  • Mental health;
  • Cancer supports and resources for patients, survivors, and affected families; and
  • Quality supports and services to address basic needs*.

*For the purposes of the 2017 Direct Services Grant Program, we define "basic needs" to include work done by organizations to ensure that the economic, educational, health, housing, energy, transportation and other related basic needs of low-income Maine residents are being met. The Foundation will only consider requests servicing the basic needs of the organization’s clients versus the basic needs of organization itself (e.g. the Foundation is not looking to fund efforts such as database creation, strategic planning, staff training, organization evaluation, etc. in this area).

The Foundation will consider grant requests, up to $25,000, from a broad spectrum of non-profit organizations that provide direct services under existing programs over a 12 month period.

We will provide funding for specific program/projects or general operating support provided that applicants have a successful track record of providing direct services in at least one of the DSGP's focus areas. 

The 2017 Direct Services Grant Program is now open and will close on Thursday, March 30th.

All applications must be submitted via our online grant application portal (below) by 5:00 PM that evening to be considered for funding. 



  • Before starting an application, please print (or open in a separate tab) the 2017 DSGP Eligibility Criteria and Application Instructions, found here.
  • We've also created a List of Narrative Application Questions, found here, for applicants who prefer to have this information on hand before beginning an application.
  • Please save your work often by clicking the “Save and Next” button at the bottom of each page. Web applications CAN and DO time out after a period of non-use. We also encourage applicants to cut and paste their narrative responses from a word processing application (Word, Google Docs, etc.) to ensure work isn’t lost should there be an internet connectivity glitch.
  • To create an account and start a NEW application, please click here.
  • If you have created an account and wish to access in-process or submitted applications, please click here to view your user account.