MaineCF Grants Available to Nonprofits Serving Vulnerable Communities


Nonprofit organizations that serve disadvantaged, underserved or vulnerable commuities may be eligible for grants from Maine Community Foundation’s (MaineCF) Frances Hollis Brain Foundation Fund.

The Brain Foundation Fund awards grants to nonprofits that focus on early childhood care and education; extended-day learning; community clinics and oral-health initiatives; food security, people experiencing homelessness; and legal services.  Organizations must serve communities in Auburn, Bath, Biddeford, Brunswick, Greater Portland, Lewiston, Saco and or Sanford or have a statewide mission in the Fund’s focus area.

This year, priority will be given to orgaizations or projects that address challenges or needs in early childhood education.  In 2023, the Brain Foudation Fund awarded 29 grants totaling $198,213,

For all receivng grants and for information about the Fund. visit  The application deadline is April 1st.

MaineCF has offices in Ellsworth and Portland.