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June 23, 2017

John T. Gorman Foundation awards $800K to Maine nonprofits

The John T. Gorman Foundation is awarding $800,000 to 48 Maine nonprofits through its annual direct services grant program.

Through this support, the foundation will partner with organizations that are working to meet the immediate needs of Maine's most vulnerable people.

The grants support projects in all 16 Maine counties, ranging in size from $25,000 to $5,000.

Grantees include programs that provide support to those facing mental health challenges and battling cancer, to nonprofits that offer essential services such as housing, food and crisis supports to low-income Mainers.

"Although things seem to be turning around economically, many families in Maine are still struggling day-to-day," said Tony Cipollone, president and CEO of the foundation. "The organizations receiving 2017 direct service grants do critical work to meet the basic needs and preserve the dignity of these families."

John T. Gorman, known as Tom, was a grandson of L.L. Bean and established the foundation in 1995 to help disadvantaged Mainers.

In recent years, the independent, statewide foundation has moved to focus strategically on four key areas:

  • Improving educational achievement for children
  • Promoting successful transitions to adulthood for vulnerable older youth
  • Helping struggling parents to support their families
  • Enabling low-income seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible.

In 2017, the foundation expects to distribute a total of $7 million across all its grant programs and initiatives across the state. 

For the full list of recipients go here

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