MeHAF works with a wide variety of nonprofits and health care organizations to carry out our mission of promoting access to quality health care and improving the health of everyone in Maine. Since making our first grants in 2002, we’ve awarded nearly $62 million to over 300 grantees, ranging from small, community-based nonprofits to large, statewide groups and public organizations.
We award most of our grants through periodic competitive funding opportunities for programs in our three priority areas: Access for All, Better Care, and Improved Health. If a competitive funding opportunity is open at this time it will be listed below.
Occasionally, the foundation identifies an important issue outside of our existing program timelines, and reaches out directly to a prospective grantee organization or governmental unit to make a foundation-initiated grant. We do not accept unsolicited grant proposals.
MeHAF also supports small, discrete projects directly related to our mission through Discretionary and Meeting Support grants. These grants are available year-round.
Request for Initial Applications: Grassroots Health Advocacy
MeHAF requests Initial Applications as the first step in our Grassroots Health Advocacy grants program. Initial applications are due Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m using the online form.
For small projects, open all year. Awards are typically under $5,000. Maximum of $10,000 available for statewide projects.
Provides grants of up to $1,000 for community or regional meetings and up to $2,000 for statewide conferences and meetings.
MeHAF’s priority population includes people who are uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved. MeHAF considers people in vulnerable populations to be medically underserved. These groups encounter multiple barriers to achieving better health and often are dealing with issues such as, but not limited to, living in poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, homelessness, and/or experiencing mental illness or substance use.
Generally, the applicant organization is required to be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity, federally recognized tribe, governmental or other public, non-profit entity. Individuals and for profit entities are ineligible. We typically do not fund fiscal sponsorships, organizations with pending 501(c)(3) status, and private foundations. MeHAF has specific requirements for 501(c)(3) public charities operating under subsection 509(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (known as “supporting organizations”.) Please contact Cathy Luce (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Holly Merrithew (email@example.com) if you are affected. For more details on legal status of organizations eligible to apply, please refer to the Organizational Eligibility section in the RFP. If you do not meet the eligibility requirements, you could consider being a partner with an eligible applicant.
The scoring criteria are included in the RFP. Additionally, proposals will be evaluated on how well they describe: the processes for engaging members of MeHAF’s priority population; the processes for engaging new and different sectors and organizations; the capacity, willingness, and strategic approach proposed to carry out the work outlined in the RFP; and the demonstrated commitment to a collective/collaborative approach to health improvement.
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