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2023 1% Back to Maine Grant Recipients

We are thrilled to share an update on the allocation of our grant funds for the year! We dedicated our resources to support organizations addressing systemic challenges in Maine, including education, generational poverty, affordable housing, substance abuse, limited access to medical care, and food insecurity. In 2023, we were able to donate over $200,000 back to our community through funding 15 deserving organizations throughout the state. Learn more about them below:

Greater Portland Family Promise  I  $10,000

Grant Mission: This grant will be used to help prevent family homelessness through GPFP’s financial assistance programs and housing stabilization programs that work with local landlords.

Rippleeffect | $10,000

Grant Mission: This grant will focus on developing student social emotional skills and promote positive mental health.

Our Place  I  $10,000

Grant Mission: This grant will provide advocacy services such as systems navigation, assistance with basic needs provision, and post-secondary education and employment support, for 25 families in East Bayside.

Tedford Housing  I  $7,500

Grant Mission: This grant will serve individuals and families experiencing literal homelessness and living in conditions unfit for human habitation, as well as those households at extreme risk of losing their housing. Our primary service area is Cumberland, Sagadahoc, and Lincoln counties

NAMI Maine  I  $ 12,000

Grant Mission: This grant will help develop a stronger mental health system that provides care, support and service that Mainers require.

Lewiston Auburn Area Response Fund  I  $ 50,000

Grant Mission: This grant was created by MCF to address current emerging needs associated with this tragedy on 10/25/23. With MCF as the conduit, 100% or the funds will be allocated to the people impacted and the organizations that will help guide L/A through the process of healing. 

Yellow Tulip Project  I  $10,000

Grant Mission: The grant will help an initiative aimed at showcasing stories of young men and non-binary folks who are impacted by mental health struggles.  This youth-driven movement is ready to move mountains to bring change and to remind folks that there is help and hope out there. 

Kennedy Park Football Club  I  $10,000

Grant Mission: Funds from this grant will help engage new and returning players in skill development and community building opportunities. As well as help the players plan for their future and navigate education and financial aid.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southern Maine I  $7,000

Grant Mission: This grant will continue to create one to one mentor relationships between students/youth and student/adults

Ecology School  I  $10,000

Grant Mission: Granting will help The Ecology School enable globally— immersive programs where campers and residents can live, laugh, and study in a unique ecosystem, as well as community events designed to amplify the efforts of like-minded partners

working in ecology, sustainability, and food access.

Youth Full  I  $7,500

Grant Mission: These funds will help YFM manages school food pantries currently in three

school districts and two pre-schools, for a total of 20 schools in 10 different towns and soon to add three HeadStart preschools.

White Pines  I  $11,000

Grant Mission: This grant will help with programming to inspire the next generation of environmentalists through experiential, accessible, nature-bound programs that help build personal growth, empathy and community. 

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program  |  $10,000

Grant Mission: This grant helps fund programs throughout mid coast Maine ensuring there’s an easy way for everyone in the community to access food close to home.

Hearty Roots |  $4,500

Grant Mission: The grant funding will help to improve mental wellness by shifting kids away from indoors, screen bound activities toward nimble sustainable outdoor programming on Maine’s Preserves. 

Count Me In |  $6,000

Grant Mission: Funding for this grant helps to expand programming to provide direct support to students who are experiencing severe, chronic absenteeism.

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