Maine Cancer Foundation Awards Over $800,000 In Grants Across the State

Maine Cancer Foundation (MCF) announced its most recent funding awards totaling $809,654 to be distributed to seventeen organizations throughout the state. Grant awards are given to nonprofit organizations working to further the MCF mission to reduce cancer incidence and mortality in Maine. This round of funding supports cancer prevention, decreasing tobacco use, transportation and lodging support for cancer patients, and operational needs of selected partners.


$496,584 of the grant funds are allotted to six organizations across the state to decrease tobacco use. About one in five Maine adults smoke and tobacco use contributes to several types of cancer, including lung cancer. In Maine, lung cancer has the highest mortality rate of any cancer and MCF is committed to decreasing tobacco use in order to reduce the impact of lung cancer in the state. Organizations selected for grants to reduce tobacco use are:

In addition, $190,000 of the grant funds are allotted to six organizations that support Maine cancer patients’ access to care through transportation and lodging assistance. For Maine cancer patients, transportation and the costs associated with travel to treatment can be a significant barrier, leading to preventable disparities in health status and disease outcomes. Organizations selected for Transportation and Lodging Grants are:

Lastly, MCF is providing $123,070 in grants for additional cancer prevention and patient support grants. Organizations selected for these grants include:

“We are proud to invest in such a broad array of programs working to prevent cancer in Maine, and to help those who face a diagnosis receive the best possible care. We are fortunate to have so many trusted partners who will utilize these funds effectively and help further the MCF mission of reducing cancer in our state. We look forward to following their work and tracking their successes,” says Aysha Sheikh, Director of Programming at MCF.  


These grant awards are offered as part of MCF’s ongoing Challenge Cancer 2020 initiative, aimed at reducing cancer incidence and mortality 20% by 2020. Since 2015, MCF has awarded nearly $9 million in support of this initiative, focused on prevention, early detection and screening, and access to care for all Mainers.