Apply for a Grant

Maine Cancer Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for Projects to Reduce Tobacco Use in Maine. Please see below for details on this RFP.

Grant Applications to Reduce Tobacco Use in Maine

Funding Criteria

Lung cancer has the highest mortality rate of any cancer in Maine, and our lung cancer rates are consistently higher than the US average. One in four Mainers use tobacco, and half of all Maine residents are former or current cigarette smokers. Maine Cancer Foundation is accepting proposals for projects that seek to reduce the use of tobacco in Maine.

Proposals must use evidence-based practices according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please visit The Community Guide, CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control, Surgeon General Reports website, and the Public Health Service Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, for reference. Please note, evidence-based guidelines differ between age groups and populations.

Areas of Focus

  • Tobacco Cessation for Adults
  • Advocacy or Policy Projects related to tobacco use and/or second-hand smoke 
  • Projects that address Maine populations disproportionately impacted by tobacco
  • A combination of the above

Proposed projects must include clearly defined goals and measurable results and implement best practices related to reducing tobacco use.

Organizations may request funding for existing programs. The Foundation encourages but does not require projects to show collaboration among Maine organizations.

We strongly encourage you to contact Maine Cancer Foundation 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.

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 [email protected] with any questions regarding the application process.


As a reminder, MCF is willing to discuss project concepts and review draft applications up until one week ahead of the deadline.

Applications must be completed by 5pm on Friday, November 17, 2017. Awards will be announced by December 15, 2017. Funds are distributed upon receipt of a signed contract due to Maine Cancer Foundation by December 31, 2017.

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.