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Quimby Family Foundation (QFF) Grants

Grants to Maine Nonprofits for Promoting Postive
Health Choices and Protecting the Environment

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Foundation / Corporation

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Quimby Family Foundation (QFF)

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Deadline Date:

10/01/18 11:59 PM - Nourishment Cycle


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 to Maine nonprofits for restoring environmental and human health through cultivating local gardens and preparing plant-based foods. A concept letter for the Nourishment grant cycle is due on July 15, 2018. Applicants should ensure that their projects allign with the following values and funding priorities: community rooted, equitable, mutually beneficial, empowering for health, and connective.

Nourishment strategies include (but are not limited to):

- Promoting participation in community gardens and farms
- Growing knowledge and skills for selecting and preparing healthy, natural, local foods
- Addressing community disparities to access affordable regional foods
- Educating Mainers on the human and environmental health benefits of a regional, plant-based diet
- Expanding gleaning, food waste reduction and composting programs
- Advocating for healthier menu options within institutions
- Building awareness and skills for regenerative, sustainable farming techniques
- Awakening pride and joy from growing food in a family or community setting
- Exploring ecological truths that link humans with nature through daily food choice

The Foundation prioritizes funding organizations with a history of embodying these in their work. When evaluating new projects and programs, the Foundation searches for natural alignment and designed commitment to these values:

Community Rooted, Community Grown
The Foundation believes organizations rooted in, and responsive to, community desire are more likely to be relevant, meaningful, and successful. Projects developed and implemented with ongoing involvement from stakeholders and target populations build connectivity and empowerment for Maine communities.

The Foundation prioritizes organizations supporting human wholeness and healthy choices for underrepresented populations and geographic regions throughout the state of Maine.

Mutually Beneficial
The Foundation respects organizations striving for a symbiotic relationship between people and the planet. The Foundation is seeking projects that simultaneously improve health outcomes for individuals while protecting or restoring local landscapes.

Empowering for Health
The Foundation admires organizations empowering individual and community health choices, particularly disease-preventative nourishment and nature-based work, service or play.

The Foundation feels organizations motivating people to continually connect with neighbors and nature are essential to stem the growing tide of social isolation affecting all age groups and many rural communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143299

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are granted in the range of $2,500 – $25,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation does not fund:
- Non-Maine based projects
- Organizations without a 501(c)(3) certification. (The Foundation will accept fiscal sponsors with certification.)
- Direct donations or grants to individuals
- The Foundation does not fund projects that are well aligned with one of its focus areas if the organization's mission and traditional work is not

The Foundation is unlikely to fund:
- Nonprofits with an organizational budget over $2,000,000
- Scholarships/Internships/Fellowships
- Local, State, and National Government Agencies
- Medical Research
- Public or Private Educational Institutions
- Hospitals and Clinics
- Religious and/or faith-based institutions or programs that include religious activities
- Animal Agriculture
- If it’s out of state, partnering with a Maine-based group, or Maine chapter, the relationship needs to be long-standing (3+ yrs) and the Maine group / chapter needs to be the clear lead – hence, the outreach / application should be from them

Pre-Application Information:

There are two grant cycles per year, one for each of the Foundation's Focus Areas. The spring grant cycle is Movement. The fall cycle is Nourishment.

Grant Cycle Dates for 2018

Movement: February 15 - July 1st
Nourishment: July 1st - November 15

Movement Cycle:
- February 15th - Concept letter upload period opens
- March 1st - Concept letter upload period closes (at 11:59 PM)
- April 15th - QFF responds about concept letter. QFF sends grant application invitations.
- May 15th - Grant applications are due (by 11:59 PM)
- July 1st - QFF responds to applicants with grant award amounts.

Nourishment Cycle:
- July 1st – Concept letter upload period opens
- July 15th - Concept letter upload period closes (at 11:59 PM)
- September 1st – QFF responds about concept letter. QFF sends grant application invitations.
- October 1st - Grant applications are due (by 11:59 PM)
- November 15th – QFF responds to applicants with grant award amounts.

In the event the due date is a weekend or holiday, submissions are due by 5:00 PM EST on the next normal business day.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All questions regarding the application process may be submitted to the Foundation via email:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine