Open Funding Opportunities

2019 Direct Services Grant Program


We are pleased to announce that our 2019 Direct Services Grant Program (DSGP) is now open!



The 2019 Direct Services Grant Program is open to non-profit organizations working to provide quality supports and services that address the immediate basic needs of economically disadvantaged people in Maine.

For the purposes of the 2019 Direct Services Grant Program, eligible programs are those that address the basic needs of low-income Mainers (e.g.: food, shelter, clothing, physical and mental health, transportation, etc.).  The Foundation will only consider requests that support the direct provision of client services versus support for organizational infrastructure needs (e.g.: vehicles, database creation, building renovations, strategic planning, staff training, organizational evaluation, etc.).

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.

The Direct Services Grant Program provides both program/project funding and general operating support. Applicant organizations applying for general operating support must have a mission that includes helping low-income Maine residents and a successful track record of providing direct services to address clients’ immediate basic needs.

The 2019 Direct Services Grant Program will close on Monday, April 1st.  All applications must be submitted via our online grant application portal (below) by 5:00 PM that evening to be considered for funding. 



  • Please save your work often by clicking the “Save and Next” button at the bottom of each page. Web applications CAN and DO time out after a period of non-use. We also encourage applicants to cut and paste their narrative responses from a word processing application (Word, Google Docs, etc.) to ensure work isn’t lost should there be an internet connectivity glitch.




For one-time access to start a NEW DSGP application, please click here.

  • If you already have a John T. Gorman Foundation applicant account, please log in using your established email address and password.
  • If you are a first-time applicant, please use the "New Applicant" link located below the email address field to create an account.


Once you have created your application via the link above, please use this link to access your in-process or submitted applications for all subsequent visits.


Questions regarding the 2019 DSGP may be sent to Lauralee Raymond at