2017 Direct Services Grant Program

The 2017 Direct Services Grant Program provided $800,000 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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Amistad, Portland $15,000 to address the needs of individuals with mental illness and other life challenges.   

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

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Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston $15,000 for the Maine Fund for Cancer Patients at the Dempsey Center, which finances the essential needs of cancer patients throughout the state of Maine.

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

Cultivating Community, Portland $15,000 to provide local food for people with low-to-no income, including asylum-seekers.

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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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Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic, Ellsworth $7,000 to provide health care to persons whose limited finances do not allow access to basic or needed medical services.

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Families & Children Together $25,000 to provide parents and their families with access to Navigator Services at the Community Home Alternative Medication Program (CHAMP) Clinic at Penobscot Community Health Center.

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

Furniture Friends, Portland $10,000 to provide donated furniture to people in the Greater Portland area who lack basic home necessities.

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Gedakina, Bangor $20,000 for the 'LifeWays' program, which focuses on increased outreach and access to direct services for Native American children, women and families in Portland and Bangor.

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

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H.O.M.E., Orland $15,000 to provide food, shelter and employment opportunities for men, women and children in Hancock County. 

Hand In Hand / Mano En Mano, Milbridge $20,000 to provide immigrants and migrant workers with high-quality supports and referrals to meet their basic needs.

Healthy Community Coalition, Farmington $25,000 to provide basic healthcare services to low-income, under-served residents living in Franklin County through the Mobile Health Unit.

Hospice Volunteers Of Hancock County, Ellsworth $10,000 to provide patient care, caregiver support, and bereavement services for residents of Hancock County.

Hospice Volunteers Of Waterville Area, Waterville $15,000 to serve hospice patients who have a cancer diagnosis and their families or survivors. 

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Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Portland $25,000 for legal services to Maine's low-income immigrants..

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

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Kennebec Valley Mental Health Center, Waterville $25,000 for the Homeless Youth Outreach Program, which works with area youth who are experiencing homelessness to assure their basic needs are met, access to mainstream resources, and that they achieve safe, stable housing.

Knox County Homeless Coalition, Rockland $25,000 to support mental health programs serving homeless clients in Knox, Lincoln and parts of Waldo County.

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Lake Region Senior Service, Bridgton $9,000 for programs that provide transportation to low-income seniors, disabled citizens and cancer patients.

Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin, Auburn $5,000 for one-on-one literacy and English conversation instruction for adults.

The Locker Project, Portland $5,000 to provide nourishing food to hungry children and their families. 

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Maine Medical Center, Portland $24,000 for cancer support for patients and providers at clinics in Portland and Augusta.

Maine School Administrative District #60, North Berwick $24,500 for the Kid Connection After School Program, which supports students with the greatest needs through quality afterschool programming.

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

Mercy Hospital, Portland $15,000 for the Patient Assistance Fund, which assists adults in treatment for cancer or blood disorders who need financial help to defray the cost of out-of-pocket, non-medical expenses.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, Brunswick $10,000 for programs that provide food to low- income families.

Milestone Foundation, Inc., Portland $15,000 for the Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement (HOME) Team and Emergency Homeless Shelter.

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New Beginnings, Lewiston $20,000 to support for a 24-hour shelter for runaway and homeless teens in Maine.

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OHI, Hermon $15,000 for programs that support recovery while decreasing isolation for people with mental illness by offering social integration, opportunities for recreation, and peer supports.

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Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Rockland $25,000 for the Oncology Patient Assistance Fund, which provides assistance to financially distressed patients battling cancer.

Pine Tree Hospice, Dover-Foxcroft $10,000 to assist clients and families experiencing end-of-life challenges and bereavement.

Portland Adult Education, Portland $25,000 to support, enhance, and expand services for low- to moderate-income New Americans in Portland by providing a continuum of services to help them overcome barriers to employment; increase professional capacity; secure employment; and become financially stable.

Portland Community Health Center, Portland $25,000 to support trauma screening with all new pediatric patients.

Preble Street, Portland $25,000 for 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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River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition, Rumford $25,000 to provide food to families in Oxford County.

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Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, Biddeford $10,000 for programs that provide food to low- income families.

Somali Bantu Community of Maine, Lewiston $5,000 for programs that provide food access, workforce development, and elder care.

Southern Maine Health Care, Biddeford $20,000 to provide immediate financial relief for healthcare- and transportation-related expenses for cancer patients.

St. Martin De Porres Residence, Lewiston $15,000 for programs serving the homeless population of Lewiston and the surrounding area.  

St. Mary's Health System, Lewiston $15,000 for the St. Mary's Nutrition Center, which provides and improves food access to those in need in Lewiston/Auburn.

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Tedford Housing, Brunswick $15,000 to provide case management services for homeless children and their families.

Tri-County Mental Health Services, Lewiston $25,000 to provide intensive family- and community-based treatment for youth in the juvenile justice system. 

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

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Unitarian Universalist Association, Sanford $8,500 to purchase essential non-food items for Sanford's Corner Cupboard.

Unity Barn Raisers, Unity $12,000 to provide meals and increase the nutrition value of those meals for low-income families in Waldo County.