Foundation Announces Plans for 2022 Direct Services Grant Program

From February 1-March 1, Foundation will accept applications for a total of $1.5 million in grants to meet immediate needs of low-income Mainers 

Portland – Today the John T. Gorman Foundation announced that it will accept applications for its 2022 Direct Services Grant Program from February 1 to March 1. This year, the program will make available a total of $1.5 million in grants to nonprofits offering essential services and assistance to low-income Maine people – a portion of funding will be directed to programs that specifically meet the needs of older Mainers.

“The prolonged pandemic continues to make it difficult for too many Maine people to access food, shelter, health care, and other essentials. This includes older Mainers who have been disproportionately affected by isolation and barriers to services,” said Foundation Program Associate Lauralee Raymond. “We’re privileged to provide these funds to community organizations throughout the state so they can reach more Mainers at this time of incredible need.”

The John T. Gorman Foundation’s annual Direct Services Grant Program supports organizations that are addressing the basic needs of vulnerable Mainers, such as food, shelter, clothing, physical and mental health, and transportation. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded.

  • This year’s application period will open Tuesday, February 1, and close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1.
  • Foundation staff will hold a virtual information session at 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 3, to take questions on the program and walk through the application process. To register, email
  • More information about applying for this year’s program is available at


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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