2014 Direct Services Grant Program

The 2014 Direct Services Grant Program provided approximately $1 million in support to non-profit organizations working to address the immediate needs of Maine's disadvantaged people in three areas:

  • Mental Health;
  • Cancer supports and resources for patients, survivors, and affected families; and
  • Quality supports and services to address basic needs.

The following is a list of organizations who received funds through the Program:


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American Cancer Society, Inc., Framingham $20,000 to provide ongoing funding to support the Patient Navigation Programs at Maine Medical Center and Maine General Medical Center.

Amistad, Inc., Portland $15,000 to provide operating support for individuals with mental illness and other life challenges; to develop peer services; and to advocate for changes to the mental health system.

Androscoggin Home Health Services, Inc.,Lewiston $20,000 to provide low-income residents who do not have insurance for prescription drugs with needed medication.

Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, Inc., Presque Isle $15,000 to provide farm fresh produce as well as prepared meals for home delivery to home-bound and disabled seniors.

Aroostook County Action Program, Presque Isle $20,000 to provide funding to support staff and program costs to help low-income clients achieve self sufficiency through access to food, employment, housing and medical care.

Augusta Food Bank, Augusta $10,000 to provide funding to purchase food items and lunch bags for low-income children in local schools during the weekend and over vacations.

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Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, Ellsworth $15,000 in operating support toward staffing so they may continue providing direct services to people affected by cancer in Hancock and Washington Counties.

Biddeford Free Clinic, Biddeford $18,000 to provide non-narcotic medications to people living in poverty without health insurance and assist low-income residents in paying for expensive life-saving  medications.

Boothbay Region Community Resources, Boothbay Harbor $15,000 to provide funding to implement a wrap-around substance abuse and mental health treatment programthat will assist low-income clients with treatment payments, transportation to appointments, and necessary medications, when no other funding stream exists.

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Cancer Community Center, South Portland $15,000 to provide support for the Cancer Survivorship Program which provides free classes, support groups, and resources to help cancer survivors transition from active treatment to life after cancer.

Catholic Charities Maine, Portland $15,000 to provide funding to support program services and volunteers to isolated seniors so they can remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible.

Child and Family Opportunities, Inc, Ellsworth $15,000 to provide operating support for high quality early care and education programs in nine centers in Washington and Hancock counties.

Community Caring Collaborative (Fiscal Sponsor: Sunrise Opportunities), Machias $10,000 to provide short term or one time financial support to meet critical needs of low-income families.

Community Concepts, Lewiston $20,000 to provide funding so seniors and veterans with a cancer diagnosis in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties can access life-enhancing treatment  via Community Concepts'  transportation program.

Community Health and Counseling Services, Bangor $17,150 to provide funding for support groups for resource families raising children whose parent(s) cannot.

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Day One, South Portland $20,000 to provide funding to support staff and program costs for mental health and case management services to immigrant and refugee street and homeless youth.

Deer Isle Sunset Congregational Church, Deer Isle $2,500 to provide support for the Island Heating Assistance Program providing emergency fuel assistance for low-income Deer Isle residents.

Down East Hospice Volunteers, Calais $10,000 to provide general operating support to continue providing cost-free compassionate support for terminally ill cancer patients, their families, and their caregivers.

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East Parish Housing Ministry, Inc., Starks $5,000 to provide support for general improvements to homes with substandard conditions.

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Presque Isle $20,000 to provide support to establish a Patient Assistance Fund to help cancer patients in Aroostook County with travel and lodging, and financial help for medication co-pays.

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Freeport Community Services, Freeport $15,000 to provide funding to support staff and programs which provide  direct services to the most vulnerable residents of Freeport and Pownal, including low-income seniors and children.

Friends in Action, Ellsworth $15,000 to provide operating support for transportation and food security programs.

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Grahamtastic Connection, Springvale $15,000 to provide laptops, tablets and internet access for children in Maine who are battling cancer.

Greater Portland Charitable Furniture Center, Portland $10,000 to provide general operating support to supply and deliver free furniture to people in need in the Greater Portland area.

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Hand in Hand Mano en Mano, Milbridge $15,000 to provide immigrants and migrant workers with high-quality supports and referrals to meet their basic needs. 

Healthy Community Coalition, Farmington $15,000 to provide funding for staff and programs that provide food, safety and other basic needs for Seniors and cancer patients in collaboration with area agencies. 

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Saco $25,000 to provide funding for pediatric social work services to support children and their families navigating the challenges of cancer.

Hospice of Southern Maine, Scarborough $15,000 to provide operating support for medical, emotional, and spiritual services for cancer patients who are seriously ill with a terminal diagnosis.

Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, Ellsworth $15,000 to provide operating support for patient care, caregiver support and bereavement services for residents of Hancock county.

Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, Waterville $10,000 to provide direct care and bereavement services for hospice patients with a cancer diagnosis.

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Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Portland $15,000 to provide general operating support for legal services to Maine's low income immigrants.

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Lake Region Senior Service, Inc., Bridgton $10,000 to provide transportation to low-income seniors, disabled citizens and cancer patients.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Massachusetts Chapter, Natick $15,000 to provide assistance with travel and other expenses  to Maine patients undergoing cancer treatment. 

Lutheran Social Services of New England, Inc. Worcester $10,000 to provide people suffering from mental illness with opportunities for community, social and peer engagement and recreation.

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Maine Farmland Trust, Inc., Belfast $15,000 to provide funds for the Local Food for Seniors program.

Maine Sea Coast Mission, Bar Harbor $20,000 to provide support to assist individuals and families who struggle to have adequate food, shelter and clothing.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, Brunswick $15,000 to provide operating support for programs that provide food to low- income families.

Mid-Coast Health Net Inc., Rockland $10,000 to provide funding to increase the number of patients receiving mental health counseling.

Midcoast Maine Community Action, Bath $15,000 to provide funding to support families and individuals with emergency needs and complete accessibility repairs to enable the elderly to remain at home.

Milestone Foundation, Inc., Portland $15,000 to provide funding to support homeless individuals in Portland experiencing chronic health and substance use issues.

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New Beginnings Inc., Lewiston $20,000 to provide program support for an emergency shelter for youth, the only 24-hour shelter for runaway and homeless teens in Maine

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The Opportunity Alliance, Portland $15,000 to provide funding to support mental health assessment and treatment services for children and their families.

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Partners for a Hunger-Free York County (Fiscal Sponsor: United Way of York County, Maine), Kennebunk $15,000 to provide funding for farm shares of local produce to low-income seniors in York County.

Penquis C.A.P., Inc., Bangor $15,000 to provide funding for transportation assistance for individuals who do not have or cannot afford transportation to cancer treatment or support.

Pine Tree Hospice, Dover-Foxcroft $15,000 to provide operating support to assist clients and families experiencing the challenges and needs that accompany end of life and bereavement.

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Regional Transportation Program, Portland $15,000 to provide funding for transportation for the elderly, social service agency clients, the economically disadvantaged, and people with disabilities throughout Cumberland county.

Rural Community Action Ministry, Leeds $15,000 to provide operating support for programs aimed at alleviating hunger and homelessness for the most vulnerable residents in thirteen central Maine towns.

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Safe Voices, Auburn $15,000 to provide general operating support to provide direct services such as emergency housing to men and women fleeing domestic violence situations .

SeniorsPlus, Lewiston $20,000 to provide Meals on Wheels to older adults.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services, Lewiston $15,000 to provide operating support for victims of sexual violence across three counties in Maine.

Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, Portland $20,000 to provide funding for staffing for sexual assault education and services specific to homeless and at-risk youth.

Shaw House, Bangor $15,000 to provide general operating support for services, shelter and support for homeless and at-risk youth throughout five counties in Maine.

Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Scarborough $20,000 to provide support to reduce re-hospitalization rates of high-risk Medicare patients by providing home-delivered meals after discharge from the hospital.

The South Portland Food Cupboard, South Portland $10,000 to provide food to low income seniors with physical limitations.

Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance, Bangor  $15,000 to provide general operating support for 24 hour emergency shelter for men and women fleeing domestic violence situations .

Sweetser, Saco $20,000 to provide one-time support for increased staff time to serve adults experiencing serious mental illness who are in need of more intensive care.

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Tedford Housing, Brunswick $20,000 to provide funding to provide residential support services to  adults in the emergency housing  shelter.

Trinity Jubilee Center, Lewiston $20,000 to provide support to the Refugee Assistance Program in Lewiston and Auburn to help immigrants and refugees with basic needs such as housing, medical care and employment.

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Vinalhaven Eldercare Service - Resources, Vinalhaven $15,000 to provide general operating funds to support direct services to help seniors living on the island of Vinalhaven to age in place.

Volunteers of America Northern New England, Brunswick $20,000 to provide funding support and staffing for mental health counseling to incarcerated men.

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Wayside Food Programs, Portland $15,000 to provide general operating support to continue the provision of nutritious food in Cumberland County for those who need it.

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York County Community Action Corp., Sanford $23,000 to provide support for public transportation for Sanford and Springvale residents -- many on fixed incomes -- to access local shopping, medical and job opportunities