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Direct Services Grant Program (DSGP)

Grants to Maine Nonprofits to Address
the Needs of Disadvantaged Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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John T. Gorman Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/01/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Maine nonprofit organizations for programs that address the basic needs of economically disadvantaged communities. Funding is intended to address the critical needs of low-income residents, including shelter, food, clothing, transportation, and mental and physical health. The Direct Services Grant Program provides both program/project funding and general operating support.

The Foundation will only consider programmatic 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.).

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180487

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation will consider grant requests of up to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period runs for 12 months. The Foundation will not support multi-year commitments.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation will consider grant requests from a broad spectrum of non-profit organizations that provide direct services under existing programs over a 12-month period.

To apply, organizations will need to meet the following criteria:
- Be a non-profit with 501(c)(3)status or have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status. Applicants cannot be a private foundation under I.R.C. § 509-(a);
- Have a mission that includes helping low income, underprivileged residents of Maine;
- Be able to demonstrate, through data, that their proposed efforts are addressing an unmet need;
- Be able to demonstrate a track record of successfully meeting those needs; and
- Identify the results sought for the populations in question, the plan for achieving those results, and how they will be evaluated.

The Foundation will NOT support:
- New programs or new positions unless there is guaranteed funding beyond 12 months
- Capital campaigns
- Annual fund appeals
- Endowments
- Projects requiring a multi-year commitment

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted via the online grant application portal by 5:00 PM on Monday, March 1, 2021.

Award decisions will be made by mid-April, with the sending of grant checks to immediately follow.

Contact Program Associate Lauralee Raymond if you are not sure which type of request would be the best fit for your organization.

Applicant organizations may submit only one request for DSGP funding per year.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For questions about eligibility and proposals, contact:
Lauralee Raymond, Program Associate
Set up a 15-minute call:

For technical questions contact:
Erin Clark, Grant Manager
Set up a 15-minute call:

John T. Gorman Foundation
One Canal Plaza, Suite 800
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 518-6784

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