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Please note, this calendar is subject to change and may be updated throughout the year.

2023 Grantmaking Calendar


Request for Proposals to Improve Cancer Screening Announced


Request for Proposals for Tobacco Prevention and Treatment Programs Announced


Request for Proposals for Transportation and Lodging Services for Cancer Patients Announced


Discretionary Grant and Task Force Mini-Grant Applications will be accepted while funding is available.* 

*Note: Please see below for details. Applicants must contact MCF before submitting.


Applications are accepted online. Completed applications will be reviewed by our grant committee and applicants may be contacted for additional information. All interested applicants are encouraged to contact Maine Cancer Foundation with all eligibility questions and to discuss your proposal prior to submission. 

Maine Cancer Foundation awards grants to eligible organizations and is unable to award grants to individuals.

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Open RFPs

Cancer Screenings in Maine

Screening is a cornerstone of cancer control. Cancer screening tests increase the chance of finding cancer early, when treatment is likely to work best. With some cancers, including colorectal and cervical, screening can even prevent the occurrence of cancer.

Maine Cancer Foundation is now accepting applications for evidence-based interventions to increase the number of and/or improve the quality of cancer screening in Maine. 

Screenings that will be considered in this Request for Proposals include breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, prostate, and skin cancer screenings.

Application deadline: March 24, 2023

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Maine's Impact Cancer Network's Task Forces are charged with carrying out the objectives and strategies as outlined in the Cancer Network’s Community Plan to address cancer in Maine. Task Forces will include at least two individuals or organizations from different sectors. They will be time limited based on the nature of their objectives and strategies. Task Forces will focus on specific action items as designated in the Community Plan and will evolve their work as necessary to reach end goals.

Work of the Task Forces may include programs and activities that are currently being implemented by members of the Task Force or may be new programs and activities needed to fill gaps in reducing cancer.

In order to carry out this work, grants of up to $10,000 will be considered for Task Force projects. Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis. Grants must be awarded to a qualifying 501c3 organization.

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Discretionary Grants

In addition to publishing RFPs, discretionary grants are available for projects that fall under Maine Cancer Foundation's three main goals:

Foster Cancer Prevention 

We know that the best way to beat cancer is to prevent it from occurring at all. MCF supports statewide prevention efforts, focusing on smoking, healthy lifestyles, and preventative care.

Increase Early Detection and Cancer Screening 

We know that finding cancer early, when it is most treatable and beatable, saves lives. MCF supports programs that improve and increase early detection and screening efforts.

Improve Patient Outcomes

We believe that everyone deserves access to the best possible care, regardless of income or geography. MCF supports efforts to ensure the availability of the best treatments for all Mainers.


Applications are considered based on available funds and they are accepted on a rolling basis. We encourage you to contact us to discuss project or ideas. Discretionary grant applications may be submitted by invitation only. 

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Review Process

Grants are peer-reviewed by a committee of Maine-based experts in the field and MCF staff and board members. Reviewers read and score each application based on criteria from the Request for Proposal guidelines. The Committee then meets to discuss each application and prepare its recommendations for funding. Those recommendations are submitted to Maine Cancer Foundation's Executive Committee for final approval.

Before application review, reviewers must disclose any conflicts of interest including financial or professional relationships with an applicant, a financial benefit resulting from a funding decision, or a perception of conflict. All sensitive application and organizational information will remain confidential by Maine Cancer Foundation and any review committee the Foundation assembles.

What We Will Not Fund  

  • Organizations that are not a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization, educational institution, government entity or other public, non-profit entity (e.g. health department, university);
  • Direct support to individuals for cancer prevention, detection or treatment services, equipment or supplies
  • Capital campaigns
  • Business investments or loans
  • Programs that do not benefit the people of Maine

Additional Information

  • 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.
  • 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.

If you have any questions about grant eligibility or would like to discuss a proposal prior to submission, please contact Katelyn Michaud, at or 207.773.2533.


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