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 the people we serve.

We believe that successfully improving results associated with our strategic priorities requires a diverse range of investments. Given this, the bulk of our giving is invitation only, aligned with our core funding strategies: place-based initiatives, two-generation solutions, systems reform support and innovation and replication.

The Foundation does not generally fund unsolicited proposals. However, organizations that wish to bring specific ideas to our attention are welcome to send a brief (1-2 pages maximum) description of the idea for review by Foundation staff. The description should include the issue you are seeking to address, your approach (including rationale) and cost of implementation. Please email brief proposals to

Direct Service Grants

The Direct Service Grant Program supports organizations that are addressing the basic needs of vulnerable 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 2022 Direct Services Grant Program closed on March 1. The next opportunity to apply for DSGP funding will be in 2023.


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