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John T. Gorman Foundation awards $1 million grants

Grants to aid organizations that provide essential services in all 16 counties
Apr 30, 2021

The John T. Gorman Foundation has awarded 71 grants totaling $1 million to provide food, shelter, and other essential services to Mainers in need through its 2021 Direct Services Grant Program. The foundation increased funding to the annual program this year to reflect the incredible level of need throughout Maine during the pandemic.

“Even before the pandemic, too many Mainers were experiencing food insecurity, homelessness, and lack of access to many other essentials. Over the last year, the pandemic has only made the situation much worse — increasing unmet needs in Maine communities and straining the organizations that are working valiantly to address them,” said Lauralee Raymond, a program associate at the John T. Gorman Foundation.

“We are privileged to be able to support the efforts of these community organizations to help Mainers get through this extremely difficult time.”

The Foundation’s annual Direct Services Grant Program supports organizations that are addressing the basic needs of vulnerable Mainers. The largest numbers of grants this year went to organizations offering food assistance, addressing homelessness, and providing other supports to low-income families and individuals, such as clothing, household items and heating and electrical assistance.

Other areas of giving included support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, community transportation, immigrant services and health care access.

A list of grantees is below. More detailed information about the grants, including the counties each serves, is available online.

Area Interfaith Outreach, Rockland — $15,000 was given to allow AIO to provide electricity disconnection assistance to clients who financially struggle to cover living expenses as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

Belfast Public Health Nursing Association, Belfast — $15,000 was given to provide support for community outreach services and purchase limited but urgently needed basic needs supports, for low-income and vulnerable individuals residing in Waldo County.

Belfast Soup Kitchen, Belfast — $15,000 was given to provide general operating support for those suffering with food insecurity.

Knox County Homeless Coalition, Rockland — $20,000 was given to provide general support for programs, including emergency homeless services, client care (case management with wraparound services), operation of a family shelter, youth outreach, case management and supportive housing.

One Less Worry, Rockland — $5,000 was given to provide general operating support for menstrual pads, tampons, toilet paper, bladder pads, toothpaste and soap.

Rockland District Nursing Association, Rockland — $15,000 was given to provide general operating support for affordable, non-acute, in-home nursing services to low-moderate income elderly living in Rockland and seven surrounding communities.

Waldo County Bounty, Unity — $15,000 was given to provide support for programs that help address the needs of food insecure people in Waldo County, including farm to pantry purchasing, gleaning, support to home gardeners and related services.

For more information about the John T. Gorman Foundation, visit

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