MaineCF’s Frances Hollis Brain Foundation awards $ 170,000 in grants



PORTLAND – The Frances Hollis Brain Foundation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded 33 grants totaling $ 170,000 to nonprofit organizations that serve underprivileged, underserved and / or vulnerable communities in Maine.

The grants include:

Community Dental, Portland, to provide oral care to low-income patients through the Low-Income Oral Health Access Program at Community Dental’s Biddeford Center

Jobs for Maine Graduates, Augusta to ensure all 1,400 JMG students receive personal and educational support

LearningWorks, Portland, for LearningWorks Afterschool, an after-school STEM program for Grades 2-5 students attending Title I schools that improves reading and math skills and social and emotional well-being.

The Brain Foundation Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that focus on people living in Greater Portland, Lewiston / Auburn, Bath / Brunswick, Biddeford / Saco / Sanford, or organizations with a mission to statewide. Grants support early childhood care and education, extended daytime learning, community health clinics, oral health initiatives, hunger prevention and food security, fighting roaming and legal services related to these areas.

The next deadline for applications is April 9, 2022. For more information, visit the foundation’s website or contact Program Officer John Ochira at [email protected] or 207-412-0837.

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

Based in Ellsworth, with additional staff in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, Mars Hill and Rockport, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personalized service, local expertise and strategic giving. to improve the quality of life for all residents of Maine. To learn more about the foundation, visit

2021 grants from the Francis Hollis Foundation Fund:

Apex Youth Connection, to connect youth in the Biddeford-Saco area with mentors, peers and their communities, mitigating the health impacts of COVID-19 through building active relationships, services and skills and intentional: $ 5,000

Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, Portland, to support the Academic Success Program at five clubs in Greater Portland and Auburn: $ 5,000

Caring Unlimited, Sanford, to provide free civil legal services and advocacy for victims of domestic violence in York County: $ 5,000

Catholic Charities Maine, Portland, for general support to help children and families with services such as dental care, nutritious foods, early childhood care and help with integration into new communities: 5 000 $

Community Dental, Portland, to provide oral care to low-income patients through the Low-Income Oral Health Access Program at Community Dental’s Biddeford Center: $ 5,000

Consumers for Affordable Health Care Foundation, Augusta, to connect uninsured and new Maines to health coverage and safety net programs, in collaboration with the Maine Access Immigrant Network, Maine Primary Care Association and other partners: 7 $ 500

The Ecology School, Saco, to support a multi-year EcosySTEM â„¢ program in several underserved school systems in Maine, promoting critical thinking and a strong community in grades K-2: $ 5,000

Environmental Health Strategy Center, Portland, to develop culturally appropriate materials and train community leaders among recent immigrants to southern Maine to address housing health risks impacting their community: $ 5,000

Gateway Community Services Maine, Portland, to formalize tutoring program systems and structure to better support volunteer tutors and serve more students, especially those from immigrant and refugee communities: $ 5,000

Good Shepherd Food Bank, Auburn, to provide comprehensive hunger relief programs across Maine that help hungry people access nutritious food and recover from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic: 5,000 $

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Portland, to advance justice and equity for immigrants and their families through direct legal services, community education and systemic advocacy: $ 5,000

Intercultural Community Center, Westbrook, to support expanding STEM, English, arts and empowerment opportunities for immigrants and the first generation 3rd-8eelementary school students in an existing extracurricular and summer program: $ 5,000

Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, Portland, to purchase 55,000 diapers to distribute to families in need of diapers in Southern Maine: $ 5,000

Jobs for Maine Graduates, Augusta, to ensure 1,400 JMG students receive personal and educational support: $ 5,000

Kids First Center, Scarborough, for ICOPE: Intensive Co-parenting Education to guide parents involved in increased / chronic conflict, a situation known to be detrimental to children’s development and well-being: $ 7,500

LA Youth and Family Enrichment Services, for the after-school program and summer programs to support students in need of academic support: $ 5,000

LearningWorks, Portland, for LearningWorks Afterschool, an after-school STEM program for Grades 2 to 5 students attending Title I schools that improves reading and math skills and socio-emotional well-being: $ 5,000

MaineHealth, Portland, to increase access to treatment for people with opioid use disorder who are homeless: $ 5,000

Memorial Middle School, South Portland, to implement the Check and Connect Mentoring dropout prevention program, which connects mentors with students struggling to engage in schooling: $ 5,000

My Place Teen Center, Westbrook, to support expansion in Saco / Biddeford, Spring / Summer 2021: $ 5,000

New Beginnings, to provide COVID-19 tailored educational support to 75 homeless youth in Lewiston to enroll / stay in school / graduate, increase stability and significantly reduce their risk of homelessness among adults: $ 5,000

New England Arab-American Organization, Portland, to improve case management capacity and awareness through hiring of community health worker: $ 5,000

Oasis Free Clinics, Brunswick, to support a part-time mental health coordinator to recruit and coordinate volunteer counselors and manage patient care: $ 5,000

Portland Community Squash, for supporting the organization of Rally Portland and the growth of the program from 41 to 51 students during the 2021-2022 school year: $ 5,000

Portland Ovations, to fund the Reimagined School Performance Series: Cultivating Curiosity Using Virtual and Live Performing Arts to Provide Early Literacy Support to Maine’s Younger Students: $ 5,000

Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, Biddeford, to fund essential costs, such as food, personal care items, tents, sleeping bags and other items: $ 5,000

Seventy-five State Street, Portland, to support the replenishment of Resident Care Fund Activity Bursaries and Furniture Dollars for Low and Moderate Income Residents at 75 State Street: $ 5,000

Somali Bantu Community Lewiston of Maine, to hire a female community advocate staff: $ 5,000

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Lewiston, to expand community gardens in low-income neighborhoods, increase access and affordability of local foods, and expand access to culturally preferred foods: $ 5,000

The Telling Room, Portland, to help fund extracurricular and extracurricular programs as part of its 2021-2022 Anthology Project, the annual thematic writing project engaging 2,000 students: $ 5,000

Wayside Food Programs, Portland, to develop a local food fund to ensure community members have access to nutritious food while supporting local businesses and farmers during this difficult time: $ 5,000

Auburn-Lewiston YMCA, to provide structured support to 35 children in grades 4 to 6 who have been identified by McMahon School as in need of extended support: $ 5,000

Youth Full Maine, Biddeford, to continue their weekly curbside food distributions in several York County towns during the pandemic and to begin opening school pantries: $ 5,000.



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