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 application submission per calendar year in Movement OR Nourishment. We no longer have a concept letter stage and now request just an application with only one deadline per grant cycle. We are currently revising our application and implementing a new platform for submission. Please stay tuned for more details on how to apply which will be available under the apply tab by March 15th.

Grant Cycle Dates for 2019

Movement: Applications are due before midnight on April 15th and grant decisions will be announced on July 1st

Nourishment: Applications are due before midnight on August 15th and grant decisions will be announced on November 1st

All questions regarding the application process may be submitted to the foundation via email: questions@quimbyfamilyfoundation.org

Deadlines and Details

Movement Cycle

  • March 15th - Application submission opens

  • April 15th - Application submission closes (at 11:59pm)

  • July 1st - QFF responds to applicants with grant award decisions

Nourishment Cycle

  • June 1st – Application submission opens

  • August 15th - Application submission closes (at 11:59pm)

  • November 1st – QFF responds to applicants with grant award decisions

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