2015 Direct Services Grant Program

The 2015 Direct Services Grant Program provided $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
  • Food insecurity.

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


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American Cancer Society, Inc., Framingham $25,000 to provide ongoing funding to support the Patient Navigation Programs at Maine Medical Center and Maine General Medical Center.

Amistad, Inc., Portland $25,000 to address the needs of individuals with mental illness and other life challenges;  develop peer services; and advocate for changes to the mental health system.

Androscoggin Home Health Services, Inc.,Lewiston $25,000 to support patient care and support services at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice's Hospice House.

Area Interfaith Outreach, Rockland  $15,000 to provide food and emergency aid to economically distressed people of Knox County.

Augusta Food Bank, Augusta $15,000 to provide food to children and families and serve as a resource for families in crisis.

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Cancer Community Center, South Portland $15,000 to support the Maine Buddy Program, a statewide phone-based cancer support and peer connection program serving rural areas of the state.

Cancer Support Center Of Maine, Bucksport $5,000 to support services to Maine people affected by cancer.

The Center For Grieving Children, Portland $20,000 to support the Tender Living Care Program,  which provides education and emotional support to families when a parent or caregiver is diagnosed with a life impacting illness, including cancer.

Community Housing of Maine, Portland $5,000 to support efforts to address the long-term mental health needs of chronically homeless clients.

Cultivating Community, Portland $25,000 to support programs that increase access to healthy food.

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Down East Hospice Volunteers $15,000 to provide cost-free compassionate care for terminally ill cancer patients, their families and their caregivers.

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Easter Seals Maine Inc., Portland $25,000 to provide mental health support to veterans, service members, and their families.

Eastern Agency On Aging, Bangor $20,000 to support the Pantry Partners program, which serves low-income clients through emergency and supplemental food boxes and transportation of food from food pantries to seniors' homes.

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Frannie Peabody Center, Portland $25,000 to provide mental health services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Maine.

Friends Of Aroostook, Houlton$15,000to provide funding to grow, maintain, harvest, and deliver fresh produce to Area Agencies on Aging sites in Aroostook, Washington, Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties.

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Grahamtastic Connection, Springvale $20,000 to provide laptops, tablets and Internet access for children in Maine who are battling cancer.

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Healthy Community Coalition, Farmington $20,000 to support programs that address food insecurity.

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Saco $25,000 to support the Pediatric Social Work/Navigator Program, which supports children and families coping with the challenges of cancer; and  the Pediatric Telehealth Oncology Program, which allows families to access care from their homes.

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

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Jackson Food Pantry, Jackson $5,000 to provide food to low-income children, families and seniors in Waldo County.

Jobs With Justice Education Fund, Brewer $15,000 to provide funding to deliver healthy, locally grown food to SNAP users, including families in crisis, laid-off workers, seniors, and people with disabilities who need homecare.

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Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, Waterville $20,000 to provide transportation services to individuals and families affected by cancer.

Knox County Homeless Coalition, Rockport $25,000 to support mental health programs serving homeless clients in Knox County.

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Lake Region Senior Service, Inc., Bridgton $5,000 to support transportation to programs for low-income seniors, disabled citizens, and cancer patients.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Massachusetts Chapter, Natick $25,000 to provide assistance with travel and other expenses  for Maine patients undergoing cancer treatment.

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Maine Coast Regional Health Facilities, Ellsworth $25,000 to provide increased access to mental health services for uninsured and underinsured residents in western Washington and Hancock counties.

Maine Farmland Trust, Belfast $25,000 to support programs that help address the needs of food insecure people in Maine.  

Maine School Administrative District 75, Topsham $7,500 to provide funding for mental health counseling at the school's health center.

Maine Sea Coast Mission, Bar Harbor $25,000 to support the Weald Bethel Food Pantry, which serves low-income residents within a 700 mile radius of Washington County.

MaineGeneral Medical Center, Augusta $25,000 for developing one point-of-entry for patients seeking a potential oncology referral.

Methodist Conference Home, Rockland $25,000 to provide funding for the Meals on Wheels program in Knox County, and to provide food for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities who live in the Methodist Conference Home.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, Brunswick $20,000 to support programs that provide food to low- income families.

Milestone Foundation, Inc., Portland $25,000 to support the Milestone Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement (HOME) Team and Emergency Homeless Shelter.

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OHI, Hermon $20,000 to provide funding to increase recovery while decreasing isolation for people with mental illness through social integration, opportunities for recreation, and peer supports.

The Opportunity Alliance, Portland $20,000 to provide support for the Children's Outpatient Therapy program, which provides mental health assessment and treatment services to children and their families.

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Penobscot Community Health Center, Bangor $25,000 to provide mental health services to clients in the Hope House Health and Living Center.

Penquis C.A.P., Inc., Bangor $25,000 to provide funding for transportation assistance for cancer patients who do not have or cannot afford transportation.

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

Piscataquis Regional YMCA, Dover-Foxcroft $20,000 to support the Maine FarmShare program, which provides fresh produce to seniors including delivering food to those who are home-bound.

Progress Center, Norway $25,000 to provide support for the Community Kitchen program, which serves nutritious meals to low-income children, adults, and the elderly in Norway, Maine.

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The Root Cellar, Portland and Lewiston $10,000 to provide funding to purchase food for families in Portland and Lewiston.

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Seeds Of Hope Neighborhood Center to support programs that provide low- income families with food and connections to community services.

SeniorsPlus, Lewiston $25,000 to provide funding for Meals on Wheels for older adults in Androscoggin County.

Shalom House, Bangor $25,000 to support programs serving long-term homeless individuals by finding them stable housing.

South Portland Food Cupboard, South Portland $10,000 to support the purchase and distribution of nutritious foods to those in need in South Portland.

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Lewiston $25,000 to support food access initiatives.

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Tedford Housing, Brunswick $22,500 to support mental health services for clients at the Cumberland Street Emergency Housing Shelter in Brunswick.

Trinity Jubilee Center, Lewiston $25,000 to support the Feeding L-A Project, which provides healthy food to low-income residents of Lewiston-Auburn and the surrounding towns.


Upper Valley Economic Council, Sherman $5,000 to provide support for the Upper Valley Economic Council's Food Pantry, serving food insecure families in Aroostook County.

University of New England, Biddeford $25,000 to provide incentives that will increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables for participants in a SNAP benefit study.

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Windham Raymond School Nutrition Program $15,000 to support the district's backpack program, which provides food to food-insecure children over weekends and holidays throughout the school year.

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York County Community Action Corp., Sanford $25,000 to support mental health services and whole-family interventions for children in Head Start.