Apply for a Grant

Maine Cancer Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for three-year capacity-building grants to create or expand navigator positions that will identify and eliminate barriers that prevent individuals from getting high quality cancer care in Maine.

Funding Criteria

Maine Cancer Foundation is accepting proposals for three-year capacity-building grants to create or expand navigator positions that will identify and eliminate barriers that prevent individuals from getting high quality cancer care in Maine.

Proposals should include evidence-based patient navigator programming. However, the Foundation does not require that Patient Navigators have clinical credentials. We encourage you to learn more about Maine Cancer Foundation’s recent Patient Navigator grant awards: The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting projects that assist rural and minority populations in Maine.

Areas of Focus

Navigator roles should focus on:

  • Cancer prevention, early detection, or treatment
  • Efforts that will reduce cancer incidence and mortality rates in Maine
  • Reducing barriers to cancer care in Maine

Within the application, the need for the new patient navigator role must be supported by a community needs assessment and describe clear, patient-centered goals.

Funding may be used to support salary, benefits, overhead, and other needs to establish the navigator role.  The award will be structured to provide:

  • Year One: Up to $80,000
  • Year Two: 70% of year one
  • Year Three: 35% of year one

It is expected that the applicant organization will commit to providing an increasing level of support during the grant period with the intention of maintaining the position thereafter.

We strongly encourage you to contact Maine Cancer Foundation if you have any questions about your eligibility or to discuss your proposal prior to submission. Please contact Katelyn Michaud, Program Manager, at or 207-773-2533.

What We Will Not Fund

  • Organizations that are not a 501(c)3
  • Direct support to individuals for cancer prevention, detection or treatment services, equipment or supplies
  • More than 15% institutional overhead
  • Business investments or loans
  • Programs that do not benefit the people of Maine

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted online at Completed applications will be reviewed by our grant committee and applicants may be contacted for additional information.

Please contact Katelyn Michaud, Program Manager, at 207-773-2533 or with any questions regarding the application process.


Applications must be completed by 5pm on Friday, July 21, 2017. Awards will be announced by August 31, 2017. Funds are distributed upon receipt of a signed contract.

Additional Information

  • Be sure your proposal is clear and concise and that steps to measure identified outcomes are included.
  • Geographic distribution of grants will be considered and multiple grants to the same institution may be limited.
  • Maine Cancer Foundation will not knowingly support projects that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.
  • The Foundation reserves the right to make additional grant awards at the discretion of its board members. Organizations that receive such funding are approved by the MCF board and may be reviewed outside of the normal application process.
  • A grant recipient’s work must support MCF’s mission. Funds may not be diverted to benefit any individual. The results or benefits of any Foundation supported initiative or program are required to remain in the public domain for the benefit of Maine people.

About Maine Cancer Foundation

Maine Cancer Foundation was started in 1976 by a group of concerned citizens eager to do more for Maine in the fight against cancer. We lead a state-wide effort to promote and support the most promising and effective cancer-fighting programs available to the people of Maine through a combination of grant-based financial support and coalition building.

We are proud of our record of accomplishment, and we invite you to join us in our vision: a future where cancer is no longer a threat to our loved ones.

Our Mission

Maine Cancer Foundation is dedicated to reducing cancer incidence and mortality rates in Maine. 100% of funds raised by the Foundation are used to benefit the people of Maine.

Our Goals

Foster Prevention Practices:
The best cancer is the one that never occurs. Prevention strategies have a proven impact on cancer incidence rates. The Foundation supports statewide prevention efforts, focusing on smoking, healthy lifestyles and preventative care.

Increase Cancer Screening:
Early detection saves lives. Several cancers have well-developed treatments but all cancers have better patient outcomes when detected early. The Foundation supports programs that improve and increase early detection and screening efforts.

Improve Patient Outcomes:
Maine lives matter. The Foundation supports efforts to improve patient outcomes by increasing access to care, and improving the availability of the best treatments for all Mainers.