The Brain Foundation Announces 2022 Grant Recipients


More than $174,000 in grants from the Maine Community Foundation’s Frances Hollis Brain Foundation will support organizations that provide early childhood, health, food security, legal and homelessness services, according to a press release from the foundation. with offices in Ellsworth and Portland.

The 27 grants awarded to organizations and projects in southern and central Maine include:

• Cedars Nursing Care Center, Portland, for oral exams, dental x-rays and kits for long-term care residents and rehabilitation patients: $10,000;
• Coastal Enterprises, Brunswick, to help asylum seekers start or expand businesses: $5,000;
• Episcopal Diocese of Maine, Portland, to provide feminine hygiene products to asylum seekers and other low-income people: $7,500;
• Greater Portland Family Promise, to find affordable housing and provide ongoing mentorship to homeless families: $7,500;
• Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, to facilitate access to food assistance programs and provide nutrition information: $5,000;
• Hope Acts, Portland, to support asylum seekers with housing, support services and English classes: $10,000;
• Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, Camden, to send four middle school students from the Boys and Girls Club of Lewiston-Auburn to an Outward Bound summer course: $5,000;
• Laudholm Trust, Wells, to introduce first-generation female Mainers attending Portland High School to science and nature in Maine and possible careers in these fields: $4,000;
• Locker Project, Portland, to provide low-income families with reliable access to healthy, fresh food: $5,000;
• Maine Equal Justice, to help Maine residents access food, health care and housing through legal assistance: $5,000;
• Maine Family Planning, Augusta, to provide affordable and accessible sexual and reproductive health care to low-income patients: $5,000;
• Maine Resilience Building Network, Manchester, for programs that promote healthy child development: $10,000;
• Mainely Teeth, Portland, to provide dental care to uninsured or underinsured patients: $10,000;
• Mayo Street Arts, Portland, for a free after-school arts program for students living in inner-city East Bayside: $5,000;
• Mercy Hospital, Portland, for a two-year program for women recovering from substance use disorder: $8,000;
• Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, Brunswick, to provide food to people facing temporary or chronic food insecurity: $5,000;
• Midcoast Literacy, Bath, to provide one-on-one tutoring for 35 children in Bath and Brunswick: $5,000;
• Milestone Recovery, Portland, to support the transition from long-term homelessness to permanent housing: $10,000;
• Portland Stage Company, to expand its K-12 education programs: $5,000;
• Preble Street, Portland, to provide meals, improve food access and nutrition while supporting a sustainable food system: $5,000;
• Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation, Portland, for low-income children to attend Camp Susan Curtis for free: $5,000;
• Sweetser, Saco, to provide access to mental and behavioral health services for uninsured and uninsured children: $5,000;
• The Opportunity Alliance, South Portland, to provide assistance to clients through its Homeless Youth Services program: $5,000;
• Through These Doors, Portland, to provide a safety plan, emergency shelter, and basic needs for victims and survivors of domestic violence: $5,000;
• Tree Street Youth, Lewiston, to design an early childhood program for preschoolers: $10,000;
• Trinity Jubilee Center, Lewiston, to provide shelter, food and diapers, and facilitate access to medical care, housing and employment: $10,000; and
• YWCA Central Maine, Lewiston, to provide preschool children with food services designed to build healthy relationships with food and prevent childhood obesity: $7,130.

The Brain Foundation Fund awards grants to nonprofit organizations that serve Auburn, Bath, Biddeford, Brunswick, Greater Portland, Lewiston, Saco, Sanford, and those with statewide missions. Funding supports early childhood care and education, extended day learning, community health clinics, oral health initiatives, hunger prevention and food security, poverty reduction homelessness and related legal services.

The next application deadline is April 1, 2023. For more information, 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 address social issues and encourage future generations of the family to contribute to the well-being of their communities in Maine, Georgia and Kentucky.

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