The John T. Gorman Foundation’s 2022 Direct Services Grant Program (DSGP) will open on Tuesday, February 1. Applications will be accepted through 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 1.

This year, the program will make available a total of $1.5 million in grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofits offering essential services and assistance to low-income Maine people – a portion of those funds will be set aside for applications that specifically meet the needs of older Mainers.

  • A link to our online grant application portal will be posted on this page on February 1.
  • Questions regarding the 2022 DSGP may be sent to Program Associate Lauralee Raymond at ask questions about organization eligibility or to discuss your planned funding proposal (to include if you should apply for programmatic or general operating support), connect with Lauralee Raymond, Program Associate. Set up a 15-minute call or send an email.
  • 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


As in prior years, the 2022 Direct Services Grant Program is open to non-profit organizations who are working to provide quality supports and services that address the immediate basic needs of economically disadvantaged people in Maine (e.g.: food, shelter, clothing, physical and mental health, transportation, etc.). New this year will be the opportunity to apply under one of two focus areas:

  • Basic needs support
  • Basic needs support – programs or organizations specifically serving older Mainers

The Direct Services Grant Program provides both program/project funding and general operating support. The Foundation will only consider programmatic requests that support the direct provision of client services versus support for organizational infrastructure needs (e.g.: database creation, strategic planning, staff training, organizational evaluation, etc.). Applicant organizations applying for general operating support must have both a mission focused on supporting low-income Maine residents and a successful track record of providing direct services to address clients’ immediate basic needs.

The Foundation will consider grant requests of up to $25,000 from a broad spectrum of non-profit organizations that provide direct services under existing programs over a 12-month period. Applicant organizations may submit only one request for DSGP funding per year.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply, organizations will need to additionally meet the following criteria:

  • Be a non-profit with 501(c)(3) status or have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status. Applicants cannot be a private foundation under I.R.C. § 509-(a);
  • Have a mission that includes helping low-income residents of Maine;
  • Be able to demonstrate, through data, that their proposed efforts are addressing an unmet need;
  • Be able to demonstrate a track record of successfully meeting those needs; and
  • For program/project funding requests, be able to identify the results sought for the populations in question, the plan for achieving those results, and how they will be evaluated.

The Foundation will support:

  • Existing programs
  • General operating support
  • One-time only grants spent over a twelve-month period

The Foundation will NOT support:

  • New programs or new positions unless there is guaranteed funding beyond 12 months
  • Capital campaigns
  • Annual fund appeals
  • Endowments
  • Projects requiring a multi-year commitment


If you’ve applied for DSGP funding in past years and wish to review your submitted application(s), you may do so by clicking here to visit your John T. Gorman Foundation applicant account.