MCF General Operating Support Grants

Maine Cancer Foundation

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 13, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit Hospital / Clinic College / University

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: Maine

Location of residency: Maine

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Maine Cancer Foundation was started in 1976 by a group of concerned citizens eager to do more for Maine in the fight against cancer. We lead a state-wide effort to promote and support the most promising and effective cancer-fighting programs available to the people of Maine through a combination of grant-based financial support and coalition building. 

Our Mission
Maine Cancer Foundation is dedicated to reducing cancer incidence and mortality rates in Maine. 100% of funds raised by the Foundation are used to benefit the people of Maine.

Our Goals 

Foster Prevention Practices: 
The best cancer is the one that never occurs. Prevention strategies have a proven impact on cancer incidence rates. The Foundation supports statewide prevention efforts, focusing on smoking, healthy lifestyles and preventative care.  

Increase Cancer Screening:  
Early detection saves lives. Several cancers have well-developed treatments but all cancers have better patient outcomes when detected early. The Foundation supports programs that improve and increase early detection and screening efforts.  

Improve Patient Outcomes:  
Maine lives matter. The Foundation supports efforts to improve patient outcomes by increasing access to care, and improving the availability of the best treatments for all Mainers.

General Operating Support Grants
In order to build capacity in our state, Maine Cancer Foundation is accepting applications for general operating support grants from organizations that are working to reduce cancer incidence and mortality in Maine. This funding opportunity is intended to build and support the infrastructure of organizations working to reduce the impact of cancer in Maine.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Who can apply for general operating support funding?
    • Organizations whose mission is aligned with Maine Cancer Foundation’s mission to reduce cancer incidence and mortality in Maine.
    • Organizations must be based in Maine and benefit Maine people.
    • Must have IRS 501c3 status.
    • Must have a minimum two-year operating history after the date of receipt of its 501c3 classification.
    • Must have annual operating expenses greater than $100,000 as reflected in the most recently filed IRS 990 form.
    • Must have at least one full-time paid employee.
    • National organizations with local chapters/affiliates or programs:
      • Local chapters/affiliates or programs must demonstrate local control over their finances and operations, and have a local governing board.
      • Written documentation delineating local control over the local chapter/affiliate must be available upon request.
      • All funds must stay in Maine.
  • Geographic distribution of grants will be considered.
  • A grant recipient’s work must further Maine Cancer Foundation’s mission.
  • The results or benefits of any Foundation supported investigation or program are required to remain in the public domain for the benefit of Maine people.


  • Who cannot apply?
    • Organizations with budgets over $2,000,000.
    • Organizations who re-grant funding.
    • Organizations that are carrying a deficit on one out of their last three completed fiscal year financial statements.
  • What We Will Not Fund
    • Endowment funds.
    • Capital campaigns.
  • 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.
  • Funds may not be diverted to benefit any individual.
  • Requests for general operating support may not exceed 10% of an organization’s annual operating expenses.

About this funder:

View past grantees & full 990 summary