Improved Health

Community Responsive Grants Program

MeHAF announces our new Community Responsive Grants Program (CRG); a funding opportunity providing grants of $10,001 - $50,000 to support community-led projects that align with MeHAF's Strategic Goals and advance health equity. The program is one move MeHAF is making toward more responsive grantmaking. The goal of our CRG is to allow those closest to any community to identify specific needs and opportunites, and to propose their best ideas.

The CRG will interpret the idea of community broadly. A community, for any entity looking to apply, will be considered a group of people with a shared identity, a common cause, a geographic location, populations with similar health and health access need, or in other ways.

We ask applicants to respond with an initial Letter of Inquiry (LOI) as the first step in the two stage process. Based on review of LOIs, a subset of organizations will be invited to submit full proposals.

Successful proposals will:

  • Demonstrate the people who face the greatest barriers have a meaningful voice and decision-making power in creating solutions that address their needs, and
  • Leverage opportunities and strengths identified by the community and reflect an understanding of the obstacles that have existed to addressing these issues.

Grants will range from $10,001 to $50,000 for one-year projects.

Information Sessions:
Please register to atend an Information Session by contacting Program & Communications Assistant Holly Irish at 207.620.8266, x115 or

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. (Hampton Inn Lewiston-Auburn, 15 Lincoln Street, Lewiston)
  • Monday, July 29, 2019, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. via Webinar/Augusta at MeHAF Office (150 Capitol Street, Suite 4, Augusta. Space is limited. Please reach out to Holly Irish for information about attending in person, or to obtain the link to register and view the webinar live. The webinar will be recorded and posted on MeHAF’s website.)
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. (Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road, Bangor)

Download the details for the funding opportunity and application instructions by clicking the "Funding Details" box on the right-hand-side of this page.

The deadline for initial applications is Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. using the online application form.

If you need assistance with the online application, please contact Cathy Luce, Director of Grants Management or Holly Irish, Program and Communications Assistant.

For all other questions about the Community Responsive Grants Program, please contact Senior Program Officer Ruta Kadonoff.

Ruta Kadonoff
Ruta Kadonoff, Senior Program Officer
207.620.8266 x.114


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