RELEASE: John T. Gorman Foundation Awards $500,000 in Grants to Organizations Serving Vulnerable Mainers During COVID-19 Outbreak

Grants go to 11 nonprofits across the state providing emergency food and shelter

Portland, Maine—As part of its COVID-19 response, the John T. Gorman Foundation is awarding $500,000 in grants to 11 Maine nonprofits working to provide food and shelter to Mainers in need during the outbreak. The mission of the independent, statewide Foundation is to improve the lives of disadvantaged people in Maine.

“Our non-profit community is doing incredible work to help Mainers struggling to meet basic needs during the COVID-19 outbreak. This especially includes people experiencing homelessness – who are unable to shelter in place – and the many children, families and seniors at risk of going hungry. As have other Maine foundations, businesses and government agencies, the John T. Gorman Foundation is pleased to do our part to meet these ever-growing needs,” said John T. Gorman Foundation President and CEO Tony Cipollone. “We believe these COVID-19 response grants will have an immediate impact in helping our partners strengthen and expand efforts that are already underway to provide food and shelter to Mainers in need. As the longer-term effects of the outbreak become clear in the months ahead, the Foundation will continue looking for the most impactful ways to support the systems and organizations that Maine children, older youth, families, and seniors depend on.”

Grants to Provide Shelter

  • Preble Street Resource Center, Portland – $75,000
  • New Beginnings, Lewiston – $50,000
  • Shaw House, Bangor – $50,000
  • Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Bangor – $25,000
  • Tedford Housing, Brunswick – $25,000
  • York County Shelter Program, Alfred – $25,000

Grants to Distribute Food 

  • Good Shepherd Food Bank, Auburn – $100,000
  • Wayside Food Programs, Portland – $50,000
  • Southern Maine Boys and Girls Club, Portland – $50,000
  • Boys and Girls Club of Bangor, Bangor – $25,000
  • St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, Lewiston – $25,000

In addition to these COVID-19 response grants, the John T. Gorman Foundation has also extended its deadline for nonprofits to apply for its 2020 Direct Services Grant Program to April 15 and plans to streamline its review process to ensure that these funds are quickly distributed. These grants of up to $25,000 go to support the efforts of nonprofits to help low-income Mainers meet their immediate basic needs. More information available here. 

About the John T. Gorman Foundation
John T. Gorman, known as Tom, was a grandson of L.L. Bean and established the Foundation in 1995 to help disadvantaged Mainers. In recent years, the independent, statewide Foundation has moved to focus strategically on four key areas: improving educational achievement for children; promoting successful transitions to adulthood for vulnerable older youth; helping struggling parents to support their families and enabling low-income seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible.

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