Foundation awards $1.5 million in grants to meet critical needs of Mainers


The John T. Gorman Foundation has awarded 90 grants totaling $1.5 million to provide food, shelter, and other essential services to Mainers in need through its 2022 Direct Service Grant Program. The total includes $505,000 for 31 programs specifically for seniors.

“From gas to groceries, rising costs have made it much more difficult for Maine residents to purchase essential items and services. Low-income seniors have been placed in particularly difficult situations,” said Lauralee Raymond, the foundation’s special initiatives manager, in a foundation press release. “The John T. Gorman Foundation is privileged to be able to boost the efforts of organizations helping Mainers meet lifesaving needs in all 16 counties with this year’s Direct Service Grant program.”

The foundation’s annual Direct Services Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations that meet the basic needs of Maine residents, including food security, housing, health care/mental health, and economic supports. This year, the foundation increased the funding available to organizations serving a range of needs for older adults, including companionship, transportation, home repairs and legal assistance.

Full grant descriptions, including counties served, are available at

The grants are as follows (* denotes grants for seniors):

Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc., Bangor, $10,000;
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association—Maine Chapter, Scarborough, $16,500*;
Amistad, Portland, $20,000;
Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care DBA Promise Early Education Center, Lewiston, $9,000;
Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, Près Isle, $20,000*;
Aroostook County Action Program, Près Isle, $15,000;
Ascentria Community Services, serving Androscoggin, Oxford, Franklin, Kennebec, Somerset and Sagadahoc counties, $15,000;
Augusta Food Bank, Augusta, $18,000;
Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Bangor, $15,000;
Bath Housing Development Corporation, Bath, $20,000*;
Belfast Soup Kitchen, Belfast, $15,000;
Boothbay Area Community Resource Council, Boothbay Harbor, $15,000;
Boys and Girls Club of Kennebec Valley, Gardiner, $10,000*;
Bridging the Gap, Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church, Augusta, $15,000;
Caring Unlimited, Sanford, $15,000;
Castine Community Partners Inc., Castine, $15,000;
Catholic Charities Maine, Portland, $20,000*;
Center for a Green Future dba Growing to Give, Brunswick, $7,500;
CHiP, Inc., Newcastle, $10,000*;
Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust/Twin Villages Foodbank Farm, Damariscotta, $20,000;
Common Unity Square, Skowhegan, $8,500;
Community Compass, FS Downeast Community Partners, Ellsworth, $15,000;
Community Health and Counseling Services, Bangor, $25,000*;
Day One, South Portland, $25,000;
Eastern Region Agency on Aging, Brewer, $20,000*;
Elder Abuse Institute of Maine, Brunswick, $20,000*;
Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic, Ellsworth, $15,000;
Family Violence Project, Augusta, $25,000;
Freeport Community Services, Freeport, $15,000*;
Friends in Action, Ellsworth, $12,000*;
Gateway Community Services Maine, Portland, $15,000;
Greater Portland Family Pledge, Portland, $10,000;
Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine, Topsham, $10,000*;
Hand in Hand, Mano en Mano, Milbridge, $20,000;
Harrison Food Bank, Harrison, $10,000;
Healthy Acadia, Ellsworth, $20,000;
Healthy Peninsula, Blue Hill, $12,000*;
Hope Acts, Portland, $20,000;
In his presence, Westbrook, $10,000;
Island Commons Resource Center, Chebeague Island, $10,000*;
Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, Portland, $15,000;
National KidsPeace Centers of New England, Inc., South Portland, $5,000;
Knox County Homeless Coalition, Rockland, $15,000;
KVCC Foundation, Fairfield, $15,000;
Lake District Seniors Service, Bridgton, $12,000*;
Legal Services for Seniors, Augusta, $20,000*;
Loaves and Fishes Pantry, Ellsworth, $15,000;
Locker Project, Portland, $15,000;
Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, Bangor, $25,000;
Machias Area Pantry, Machias, $20,000;
Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition, Portland, $25,000;
Maine Medical Center, Portland, $25,000;
Maine Needs, Portland, $15,000;
Maine Seacoast Mission, Northeast Harbor, $15,000;
Maine General Medical Center, Augusta, $25,000;
Maine Home Health Care, Saco, $25,000*;
MCH, Inc., Rockland, $20,000*;
Medical Care Development/Healthy Lincoln County, Damariscotta, $25,000;
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, Brunswick, $15,000;
Milestone Foundation, Portland, $25,000;
Neighbors Driving Neighbors, Mt. Vernon, $10,000*;
New Beginnings, Lewiston, $15,000;
New England Arab American Organization, Portland, $20,000;
Oasis Free Clinics, Brunswick, $15,000;
Oxford Hills Community Gardens, Foothills Foodworks, Norway, $15,000;
Penobscot Community Health Care, Bangor, $25,000;
Piscataquis Regional Food Centre, Dover Foxcroft, $15,000*;
Portland Area Villages (PAV), Portland, $10,000*;
Rangeley Health and Wellness, Rangeley, $20,000*;
Rockland District Nurses Association, Rockland, $20,000*;
Department of Rural Community Action, Leeds, $17,000;
Maison Saint André, Bangor, $15,000;
SeniorsPlus, Lewiston, $20,000*;
Shalom House, Portland, $15,000;
Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Biddeford, $20,000*;
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Bangor, $25,000;
Housing Tedford, Brunswick, $20,000;
The Opportunity Alliance, South Portland, $20,000*;
The Root Cellar, Lewiston, $25,000;
The Shaw House, Bangor, $15,000;
Through These Gates, Portland, $15,000;
City of Danforth, Danforth, $18,500*;
City of Mount Vernon Aging in Place Committee, Mount Vernon, $6,800*;
Town of Vinalhaven, Vinalhaven, $7,200*;
Trinity Jubilee Center, Lewiston, $15,000*;
Table Vegetables, Newcastle, $10,000;
North American Volunteers from New England, Brunswick, $25,000*;
Waterville Area Soup Kitchen, Waterville, $15,000;
Community Action of Western Maine, East Wilton, $20,000*; and
York County Community Action Society, Sanford, $20,000*.


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