August 23, 2018

Foundation awards grants to 31 Maine nonprofits

The Frances Hollis Brain Foundation Fund at the Maine Community Foundation has awarded 31 grants totaling $175,740 to nonprofit organizations that serve disadvantaged, underserved, and/or vulnerable communities in Maine.

David and Frances Brain established the Frances Hollis Brain Foundation in 1993 to address social issues and encourage the family's future generations to contribute to the well-being of their communities in Maine, Georgia and Kentucky.

The fund awards grants to nonprofits that focus on individuals who live in Greater Portland, Lewiston/Auburn, Bath/Brunswick, Biddeford/Saco/Sanford, or to organizations with a statewide mission. Grants support early childhood care and education, extended day learning, community health clinics, oral health initiatives, hunger prevention and food security, homelessness alleviation and legal services connected to these areas.

Here's the list of 2018 recipients and how they intend to use their grants:

  • A Company of Girls, to support after-school arts programming: $5,000
  • Catholic Charities Maine, to purchase an X-ray sensor for the Jessie Albert Dental and Orthodontic Center: $5,000
  • Coastal Enterprises Inc., to support business development for new Americans: $5,000
  • Educare/Maine Shared Services Alliance, to support the pilot apprentice program for early care and education providers: $5,000
  • Furniture Friends, to support staffing: $5,000
  • Greater Portland Family Promise, to cover transportation of guest families to and from the Day Center: $8,350
  • Intercultural Community Center, to support the Power School Learning Program: $5,000
  • Jewish Community Services of Southern Maine, to support the volunteer coordinator at the food pantry: $5,000
  • Jobs for Maine's Graduates, to support the Opportunity Passport program for foster care youth: $5,000
  • Let's Get Ready, to support college test preparation for low-income students: $5,000
  • Maine Children's Alliance, to support the Right from the Start Coalition: $10,000
  • Maine Equal Justice Partners, for a position to provide legal assistance to Mainers with issues accessing public benefits: $10,000
  • MapleStone School, for staff professional development related to adverse childhood experiences: $3,350
  • Mercy Hospital/McAuley Residence, to support a child therapy program for children of residents: $5,000
  • Milestone Foundation, to support individuals experiencing chronic homelessness: $5,000
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Center, Portland Public Schools, to support Parent University: $5,000
  • New Beginnings, for educational support services for shelter youth: $5,000
  • Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, to support the Maine health centers to provide quality care to low-income women: $5,000
  • Portland Community Squash, for the Rally Portland after-school program: $5,000
  • Portland Museum of Art, to support the My Museum program for preschoolers: $5,000
  • Portland Ovations, to support the Cultivating Curiosity performance series for young students: $5,000
  • Preble Street, to support the soup kitchens and food pantry: $5,000
  • St. Mary's Nutrition Center, to expand community garden access to additional households: $5,000
  • The Center for Grieving Children, for the Intercultural Peer support program: $5,000
  • The Gathering Place, to support the expanding daily attendance: $5,000
  • The Opportunity Alliance, to support continued child care for families in transition: $10,000
  • The Telling Room, to support the Anthology Project in-school and after-school programs: $5,000
  • Tree Street Youth, to fund an AmeriCorps position for the MAPLE leadership program: $5,000
  • Tri County Literacy, for early literacy programming in partnership with Head Start: $5,000
  • Trinity Jubilee Center, to support the Feeding L-A anti-hunger programs: $10,000
  • United Way of York County, to support the Volunteer Reading Program in partnership with York County schools: $2,500

The next deadline for applications is April 19, 2019. For more information, visit the foundation's website or contact Senior Program Officer Stephanie Eglinton at, or by phone at (207) 761-0837.

A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people.


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