2016 Direct Services Grant Program

The 2016 Direct Services Grant Program provided over $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
  • Support for basic needs, such as housing, food, and crisis supports.

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 Navigator Programs at Maine Medical Center and Maine General Medical Center and for the Road to Recovery transportation program.

Amistad, Portland $15,000 to address the needs of individuals with mental illness and other life challenges, and to develop peer services.

Androscoggin Home Health Services, Lewiston $25,000 to provide bereavement services for hospice patients and their families who are affected by cancer.            

Area Interfaith Outreach, Rockland  $20,000 to provide food and emergency aid to economically distressed people of Knox County.

Aroostook County Action Program, Presque Isle $25,000 to support the Energy Crisis Intervention Program, a program that helps individuals and families manage crises such as homelessness or eviction in Aroostook County.

Avesta Housing Development Corporation, Portland $25,000 to provide support for people transitioning from homelessness to affordable housing in Portland.

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Catholic Charities of Maine, Portland $25,000 to provide support to homebound seniors in Androscoggin, Kennebec, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, and Franklin counties. 

Center for Wisdom's Women, Lewiston $10,000 in general operating support for a drop-in center for low-income women providing food, clothing, and personal hygiene products.

Child And Family Opportunities, Portland $15,000 for the Early Education Access Fund helping parents who need childcare, and who are ineligible for other assistance or are unable to pay full fees due to changes in employment, changes in family health and well-being, or unexpected situations.

City of Westbrook, Westbrook $20,000 to provide support for families who need help with basic needs and services to navigate through the initial months of relocation such as school transitions and medical care.

Community Clinical Services, Lewiston $10,000 in general operating support for patients out of pocket expenses not covered by any type of insurance; and community outreach, education and engagement activities.   

Community Financial Literacy, Portland $15,000 in general operating support to provide financial education courses and individual financial and college access counseling sessions. 

Cultivating Community, Portland  $15,000  to support programs that increase access to healthy food.

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Day One, Portland $25,000 to help homeless youth and other vulnerable young people obtain stable housing.

Dean Snell Cancer Foundation, Brunswick $10,000 to provide financial assistance to cancer patients being treated at New England Cancer Specialists in Brunswick.

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

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Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Brewer $20,000 to provide support for the 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 support staff and programs that serve the most vulnerable residents of Freeport and Pownal, including low-income seniors and children.

Friends Of Aroostook, Houlton $10,000 to provide funding to grow, maintain, harvest and deliver fresh produce to people in need living in Aroostook, Washington, Piscataquis and Penobscot counties.

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Gathering Place, Brunswick $5,000 to provide general operating support for the only daytime shelter for the poor and homeless in the Midcoast Region.

Good Shepherd Food-Bank, Auburn $15,000 to provide general operating support for those trying to overcome food insecurity in Maine.

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 donated furniture to people in the Greater Portland area who lack basic home necessities.

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Hand In Hand / Mano En Mano, Milbridge $15,000 to provide a drop-in resource center, home-based services, case management, referrals and transportation services for immigrants and farmworkers in Milbridge and surrounding towns.

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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.

Intercultural Community Center, Westbrook $5,000 to help low-income immigrants access housing, education and employment.

Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry, Calais $15,000 to provide for children, young parents and the elderly living in Washington County, the Passamaquoddy Indian Township and Pleasant Point with basic services such as food, fuel and transportation.

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Jewish Community Alliance Of Southern Maine, Portland $15,000 to support the food and diaper pantry, which serves those in need in the Portland area.

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Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, Waterville $15,000 to provide transportation services to individuals and families affected by cancer.

Kennebec Valley Mental Health Center, Waterville $25,000 to provide support to youth in Central Maine who are experiencing homelessness.

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

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Lake Region Senior Service, Bridgton $10,000 to provide support for programs that 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 for Maine patients undergoing cancer treatment.

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Maine Sea Coast Mission $15,000 to provide support for the Weald Bethel Food Pantry, which serves low-income residents within a 700-mile radius of Washington County.

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

Mid-Coast Health Net, Rockland $20,000 to  increase the number of patients receiving mental health counseling.

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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New Beginnings, Lewiston $15,000 to provide program support for a 24-hour shelter for runaway and homeless teens in Maine.

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Oasis Health Network, Brunswick $20,000 to provide more free mental health services.

The Opportunity Alliance, Portland $15,000 to provide support for Morrison Place, which provides transitional housing and treatment for homeless individuals diagnosed with co-occurring major mental illness and substance use disorders.

Oxford County Mental Health Services, Rumford $25,000 to provide mental health services and intervention when law enforcement has become involved in a mental health crisis.

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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 CAP, Bangor $15,000 to provide 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 assist clients and families experiencing end-of-life challenges and bereavement.

Portland Education Foundation, Portland $20,000 to support a universal breakfast program at the Fred P. Hall School in Portland.

Preble Street, Portland $20,000 to provide support for Preble Street's Emergency Food Programs at the Resource Center Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, the Florence House Soup Kitchen, and the Teen Center Soup Kitchen.

Progress Center, Norway $15,000 to provide support for a community kitchen program serving children, youth and families in Norway.

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Rockland District Nursing Association, Rockland $21,000 to provide affordable in-home and community health nursing services to low- to moderate- income seniors.

Rosscare, Bangor $12,000 to support the monthly subsidy given to low-income subscribers of EMHS LiveSAFE, a service which allows seniors to continue to live independently and safely in their own homes.

Rumford Group Home, Rumford $25,000 to serve children who need crisis stabilization services.

Rural Community Action Ministry, Leeds $15,000 to support programs aimed at alleviating hunger and homelessness for the most vulnerable residents in 13 central Maine towns.

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

Sexual Assault Prevention And Response Services, Auburn $25,000 to provide mental health services to children who have been sexually abused in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties.

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

Shaw House, Bangor $20,000 to provide mental health support services for homeless at-risk youth throughout five counties in Maine.

Southern Maine Agency On Aging, Scarborough $10,000 to provide support for the When In Need (WIN) Fund, a discretionary fund designed to support the basic human needs of older and disabled adults in southern Maine.

St. Mary's Health System, Lewiston $15,000 to provide general operating support funds to the St. Mary's Nutrition Center, which improves food access to those in need in Lewiston/Auburn.

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Tedford Housing, Brunswick $15,000 to provide mental health services for clients at the Cumberland Street Emergency Housing Shelter.

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Unitarian Universalist Association, Sanford $7,000 to purchase non-food items for Sanford's Corner Cupboard, such as batteries for smoke detectors, trash bags and personal hygiene products.

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.

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York County Community Action Corporation, Sanford $20,000 to provide mental health services such as assessments, behavior and treatment planning, and whole-family interventions for children in Head Start.