MeHAF’s discretionary grants fund projects and activities outside the parameters of our competitive grant programs. Projects must be related to our mission and completed within one year. Awards are typically under $5,000, but may go up to $10,000 for statewide activities.

All projects must focus on groups or populations that face disproportionate barriers to accessing health services and achieving the best possible health.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Address barriers to health and health care for Maine’s most vulnerable populations;
  • Examine issues and health needs that complement our current program work; 
  • Provide an opportunity for organizations that are smaller or less familiar with MeHAF to seek grant funds; and
  • Have a broad base of community support or plan to use community collaboration as a project strategy.

MeHAF will consider:

  • Collaborative planning efforts that involve more than one organization
  • Pilot projects
  • Policy research and analysis
  • Minor equipment purchases that expand the availability of health services for people experiencing barriers to access
  • Activities with potential to significantly improve health care delivery, coverage or quality

MeHAF will NOT consider:

  • Grants to individuals
  • Funding for Academic or graduate research
  • Curriculum Development
  • Public awareness campaigns focused on a specific disease or health condition
  • General operating support, direct care costs, staff salary support, travel or training
  • Maintaining or supplementing the staffing of existing, ongoing programs or services
  • Purchases of equipment other than as described above
  • Fundraising or contributions to capital or other campaigns
  • Efforts to piece together funds for a larger project
  • Organizational strategic planning unless it is related to improving services to our priority populations or mergers/strategic alliances

Questions? Review our FAQs or contact Program Officer Kathryn Rouillard.

Kathryn Rouillard
Kathryn Rouillard, Program Officer I
(207) 620-8266 x 118

How to Apply for Discretionary Grants

  • Complete the eligibility checklist Please answer all questions and submit

    Is your organization a 501(c)(3), government entity or educational institution?
    Yes No
    Does your project focus on improving access to quality care or the health of MeHAF's priority populations?
    Yes No
    Does your organization’s employee non-discrimination policy comply with current Maine law?
    Yes No
    Is your project slated to start no earlier than eight weeks from the date of your Letter of Inquiry?
    Yes No
    Has it been at least one calendar year since your organization received discretionary grant from MeHAF?
    Yes No

    It appears your organization is not eligible to apply for a MeHAF discretionary grant. Please review our eligibility requirements and FAQs. If you have questions, contact Program Officer Kathryn Rouillard at (207) 620-8266. 

    If you think you made a mistake, RESET THE CHECKLIST.

  • Based on your responses, you are eligible to submit an Initial Inquiry regarding a discretionary grant!

  • Your Initial Inquiry has been submitted.

    Thank you for your interest in MeHAF's discretionary grants. Your Initial Inquiry was successfully submitted!

    MeHAF reviews inquiries on a rolling basis at a minimum of twice per month. You will be contacted within three days following our initial review with next steps.


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Our group will review and follow up within 72 hours.
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