Workgroup & Task Force Mini-Grants

Maine Cancer Foundation offers mini-grants to fund projects and activities spearheaded by both Maine Cancer Foundation Membership’s Workgroups and Maine's Impact Cancer Network Task Forces

Workgroup Mini-Grants

Maine Cancer Foundation’s workgroup mini-grants fund projects and activities spearheaded by the Membership’s four cancer Workgroups (Prevention & Early Detection, Treatment, Rehabilitation & Survivorship, and Palliative & End-of-Life Care).

Grants of up to $10,000 will be considered for workgroup-based projects that contribute to reducing the burden of cancer in Maine.  Applications will be accepted in the areas of: prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation, survivorship, palliative, and end-of-life care.  Projects must be evidence-based and have clearly defined outcomes and metrics.  Small pilot project proposals are welcomed.

Grants must be awarded to a qualifying 501©3 organization.

Task Force Mini-Grants

Maine’s Impact Cancer Network’s (the Cancer Network) 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. 

Grants must be awarded to a qualifying 501©3 organization.

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

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 [email protected] or 207-773-2533.


Application Process

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.

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Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Additional Information

  • Be sure your proposal is clear and concise and that steps to measure identified outcomes are included.
  • Programs currently receiving federal or state funding are not universally eligible but certain new components could qualify for grant funding.
  • 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 further the charitable purposes outlined by MCF. 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.



Recent Awards

Project Title Amount Awarded Impact Category Organization
Sun Safety at Casco Bay Lines $5,000 Sun Safety City of Portland Public Health Division
Sun Safety on the Slopes $5,750 Sun Safety The Patrick Dempsey Center
Partnering with Rural Health Centers to Boost Testing for Arsenic-Contaminated Well Water $10,000 Environmental Health Risks Environmental Health Strategy Center
MPHA Tobacco Coalition for Cancer Prevention $10,000 Prevention Maine Public Health Association