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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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Quimby Family Foundation (QFF)

Deadline Date:

09/15/19 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. Applicants should ensure that their projects align 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:

Each year, the Quimby Family Foundation grants awards to qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in Maine whose mission, vision and values are aligned with the Quimby Family Foundation.

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

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. Your organization is limited to one application submission per calendar year in Movement or Nourishment. As of 2019, the Foundation no longer has a concept letter stage and now requests just an application with only one deadline per grant cycle.

Dates and Details
Movement Cycle:
- March 15th - Application submission opens. Blank grant application becomes available for download.
- April 15th - Application submission closes (at 11:59pm). QFF evaluation, due diligence and follow-up outreach begins.
- July 1st - QFF notifies applicants with grant award decisions

Nourishment Cycle:
- August 15th – Application submission opens.
- September 15th - Application submission closes (at 11:59pm). QFF evaluation, due diligence and follow-up outreach begins.
- December 1st – QFF notifies applicants with grant award decisions

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.

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

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

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