MCF: Hospice Fund

Maine Community Foundation

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Predicted deadline: Feb 15, 2024 8:59pm PST

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Hospice / End of Life Care

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in Maine: Cumberland County, York County

Location of residency: Counties in Maine: Cumberland County, York County

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What We Do

Founded in 1983, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. MaineCF’s investment expertise supports our donors’ effective and strategic giving. We offer a range of giving options tailored to fit each donor’s financial means and charitable objectives. Our staff provides personalized service, community leadership, and a deep understanding of local issues.


For over 30 years, Hospice of Maine provided hospice volunteers and bereavement services to clinical hospice programs in southern Maine. Based on the changing environment and in an effort to strengthen and unify hospice services, in January 2006, the Board of Directors transferred Hospice of Maine’s direct service programs to VNA Home Health Care and Hospice of Southern Maine, which allowed these organizations to create and expand their full-service hospice programs. As part of this transition, Hospice of Maine decided to use its remaining assets to create this Hospice Fund in a manner consistent with the mission and philosophy of Hospice of Maine and the intention of its supporters.

Hospice Fund

The Hospice Fund supports hospice services, especially programs that support volunteer and bereavement services, in Cumberland and York counties.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To receive a grant, an organization or project must:
    • Support hospice services in Cumberland and/or York county.
  • Who is eligible to apply:
    • Nonprofit, charitable organizations tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and also classified as an organization described in sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2)
    • Municipalities
    • Public schools
    • Public agencies working for the State of Maine
    • Indian tribal governments (or political subdivisions) recognized by the Department of the Interior
    • Groups without any tax status may apply with a fiscal sponsor that is an eligible organization as described above.
  • This program provides:
    • Capacity-building grants to support activities that will make hospice/bereavement organizations stronger, more efficient, or more effective
    • Project support grants for new or expanding projects and ongoing programs.
  • Indirect costs as an allowable expense.
  • When allowed, administrative overhead expenses of up to 20% of the total requested budget may be included.


  • This grant program will give additional priority to organizations and projects that:
    • Raise community awareness of hospice and bereavement services
    • Increase the utilization and/or the quality of end-of-life services
    • Support hospice volunteers and the recruitment of volunteers, including outreach, training, and recognition.


  • Funds may not be used for:
    • Activities outside of Cumberland and York counties
    • Capital projects or endowments 
    • The fund is not intended to support general operations
    • Expenses already incurred
    • Regranting to a secondary grantee through a competitive process
    • Political campaigns
    • Lobbying in the form of calls to action on a specific vote
    • Religious activities, including, but not limited to, religious services, promotion of religious beliefs, or activities that are restricted to church or religious group membership.


This page was last reviewed January 10, 2023 and last updated January 10, 2023