Grants & Giving

Foundation-Initiated Grants

We are a data-driven, results-based organization. We strive to make investments in ideas and initiatives that are well-reasoned, measurable, researched-based, and that can, over time, improve results for children and families.

The bulk of our investments are invitation-only to grantees that have demonstrated a capacity for whole-family or two-generation approaches to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and improve child and family wellbeing in five key areas: education, social capital, physical/mental health, wealth and assets, and employment navigation and supports.

We generally do not fund unsolicited proposals; however, organizations are welcome to contact us with ideas that are aligned with our strategic focus. Please contact with a brief description of your proposal, including the issue you are seeking to address, approach (including rationale), and cost of implementation.

Direct Service Grants

The Direct Service Grant Program supports organizations that are addressing the basic needs of Mainers such as hunger, housing, and crisis support. To learn more about previous recipients of the Direct Service Grant Program, please explore our grants database.

The 2023 Direct Services Grant Program will open March 1. (A link to apply will be available here on that date.) Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, April 3. In addition, an online information session will be held Wednesday, March 8. Stay tuned to our website, social media, and email newsletter for updates.

If you have an existing Foundation grant and would like to access your reporting forms and past applications, you may do so here.