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Gorman Foundation grant program opens Feb. 10

Feb 03, 2020

The John T. Gorman Foundation’s 2020 Direct Services Grant Program will open Monday, Feb. 10, to nonprofit organizations working to provide quality supports and services that address the immediate basic needs of economically disadvantaged people in Maine. Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.

The Direct Services Grant Program supports organizations that are addressing the basic needs of vulnerable Mainers, such as food, shelter, clothing, physical and mental health, and transportation. The foundation will consider only requests that support the direct provision of client services versus support for organizational infrastructure needs (e.g., database creation, strategic planning, staff training, organizational evaluation, etc.).

The foundation will consider grant requests of up to $25,000, from a broad spectrum of nonprofit organizations that provide direct services under existing programs over a 12-month period. Applicant organizations may submit one request for this funding each year.

The Direct Services Grant Program provides both program/project funding and general operating support. 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.

Visit the foundation's website for more information on the Direct Service Grant Program. Questions regarding eligibility or the application process may also be sent to Lauralee Raymond at

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