Each year, the Quimby Family Foundation grants awards to qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in Maine whose mission, vision and values are aligned with the Quimby Family Foundation.

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We have two grant cycles per year, one for each of Our Focus Areas. Our spring grant cycle is Movement.  Our fall cycle is Nourishment.   Your organization is limited to one concept letter per calendar year in Movement OR Nourishment. 

Grant Cycle Dates for 2018

Movement: February 15 - July 1st

Nourishment: July 1st - November 15


1. Concept Letter

  • Download a blank concept letter 
  • Complete your concept letter and save the file
  • Upload your complete concept letter by clicking below (between July 1st and July 16th

After a 6 week review period, we will invite selected organizations to submit a full application.  


2. Full application

If invited to apply for funding, you will receive an email with instructions for submitting a full application. All questions regarding the application process may be submitted to the foundation via email: questions@quimbyfamilyfoundation.org

Deadlines and Details

Movement Cycle

  • February 15th - Concept letter upload period opens
  • March 1st - Concept letter upload period closes (at 11:59pm)
  • April 15th - QFF responds about concept letter.  QFF sends grant application invitations. 
  • May 15th - Grant applications are due (by 11:59pm)
  • July 1st - QFF responds to applicants with grant award amounts. 

Nourishment Cycle

  • July 1st – Concept letter upload period opens
  • July 15th - Concept letter upload period closes (at 11:59pm)
  • September 1st – QFF responds about concept letter.  QFF sends grant application invitations. 
  • October 1st - Grant applications are due (by 11:59pm)
  • November 15th – QFF responds to applicants with grant award amounts.

In the event the due date is a weekend or holiday, submissions are due by 5:00 PM EST on the next normal business day.

Grant Range - Awards are granted in the range of $2,500 – $25,000.


We prioritize funding organizations with a history of embodying these in their work. When evaluating new projects and programs, we search for natural alignment and designed commitment to these values:

  • Community Rooted, Community Grown

We believe organizations rooted in, and responsive to, community desire are more likely to be relevant, meaningful, and successful.  Projects developed and implemented with ongoing involvement from stakeholders and target populations build connectivity and empowerment for Maine communities.

  • Equitable

We prioritize organizations supporting human wholeness and healthy choices for underrepresented populations and geographic regions throughout the state of Maine.

  • Mutually Beneficial

We respect organizations striving for a symbiotic relationship between people and our planet.  We are seeking projects that simultaneously improve health outcomes for individuals while protecting or restoring local landscapes. 

  • Empowering for Health

We admire organizations empowering individual and community health choices, particularly disease-preventative nourishment and nature-based work, service or play.

  • Connective

We feel organizations motivating people to continually connect with neighbors and nature are essential to stem the growing tide of social isolation affecting all age groups and many rural communities. 

WE DO NOT fund:

  • Non-Maine based projects
  • Organizations without a 501(c)(3) certification. (We will accept fiscal sponsors with certification.) 
  • Direct donations or grants to individuals
  • We do not fund projects that are well aligned with one of our focus areas if the organizations mission and traditional work is not

we are unlikely to fund:

  • Nonprofits with an organizational budget over $2,000,000
  • Scholarships/Internships/Fellowships
  • Local, State, and National Government Agencies
  • Medical Research
  • Public or Private Educational Institutions
  • Hospitals & Clinics
  • Religious and/or faith-based institutions or programs that include religious activities
  • Animal Agriculture
  • If it’s out of state, partnering with a Maine-based group, or Maine chapter, the relationship needs to be long-standing (3+yrs) and the Maine group / chapter needs to be the clear lead – hence, the outreach / application should be from them