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.  As of 2019, we no longer have a concept letter stage and now request just an application with only one deadline per grant cycle.  

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 September 15th and grant decisions will be announced on December 1st


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

DATES and Details

Movement Cycle

  • March 15th - Application submission opens. Blank grant application becomes available for download above on this page.

  • April 15th - Application submission closes (at 11:59pm). QFF evaluation, due diligence and follow-up outreach begins.

  • July 1st - QFF notifies applicants with grant award decisions

Nourishment Cycle

  • August 15th – Application submission opens.

  • September 15th - Application submission closes (at 11:59pm). QFF evaluation, due diligence and follow-up outreach begins.

  • December 1st – QFF notifies 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.

Grant Reporting - Details for reporting will be shared via our Grant Agreement on the date of award notification.


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 under-resourced 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