Apply for a Grant

Maine Cancer Foundation is currently accepting applications for evidence-based interventions to increase the number of and improve the quality of colorectal cancer screening in our state. Please see below for more information and instructions on how to apply.



Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of new cancer cases and cancer-related death in Maine. Screening for colorectal cancer can help prevent the disease by detecting precancerous cells or growths (polyps) in the colon and rectum so they can be removed. Colorectal cancer screenings can also detect colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most successful in lowering the risk of dying from colon cancer.

Maine Cancer Foundation will accept applications for evidence-based interventions to increase the number of and improve the quality of colorectal cancer screening in our state.

Proposals should utilize evidence-based practices endorsed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We encourage you to visit The Community Guide ( website and What Works fact sheet as a reference.


The Foundation is most interested in providing funds for programs that do one or more of the following:

  • Implement policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes (ex. The creation of patient reminder system)
  • Include clearly defined goals and measurable results
  • Implement best practices (as defined by The Community Guide) related to increasing colorectal cancer screenings
  • Increase the number and quality of colon cancer screenings in geographically underserved regions and with underserved populations
  • Demonstrate collaboration among Maine organizations
  • Pilot a new idea (using evidence-based guidelines)
  • Include interventions implemented in the primary care setting

If you have received past MCF grant support for a colorectal cancer screening project and you plan to request funds for an additional project, please be sure to reference the outcomes of your prior project in your application.

We recommend that you contact Maine Cancer Foundation to discuss your proposal prior to submission or if you have any questions about your eligibility. MCF is willing to discuss project concepts and review draft applications up until one week ahead of the deadline.  Please contact Katelyn Michaud, Program Manager, at [email protected] or 207-773-2533.


Grant Term: 1-2 years
Request amounts: $10,000 to $50,000 per year. Maximum request over two years is $100,000.
Please note, requests do not have to meet the maximum amount. Smaller, pilot projects are also encouraged.


  • 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


Applications must be completed by 5pm on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Awards will be announced by April 20, 2018. Funds are distributed upon receipt of a signed contract provided by Maine Cancer Foundation.


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 [email protected] or 207-773-2533 with any questions regarding the application process.


  • Be sure your proposal is clear and concise and that steps to measure its effectiveness (specifically colon cancer screening rates and/or best practice or quality measures) are included.
  • Geographic distribution of grants will be considered and multiple grants to the same institution may be limited, if necessary.
  • 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 selected by the board and may be reviewed outside of the normal application process.
  • A grant recipient’s work must further MCF’s mission to decrease cancer indigence and mortality in Maine.
  • Funds may not be diverted to benefit any individual.
  • The results or benefits of any Foundation supported investigation 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.