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Nourishment Focus Area Grant

Quimby Family Foundation

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Predicted deadline: Apr 10, 2022 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $25,000

Fields of work: Nutrition & Healthy Eating Food Access & Hunger Farms & Farming Horticulture & Gardening Sustainable Agriculture & Agroecology

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Maine

Location of residency: Maine

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About this funder:



NOTE: In 2021 we will not have an open process and will not be accepting proposals. We hope to return to a grant process that is open to new applicants in 2022.

About Us

Our Vision

We envision thriving Maine communities empowered by reciprocal relationships with nature. We see people connecting with, eating from, and caring for Maine's farms, woods, and waters.

Our Mission

To grow human wholeness by fostering stronger relationships between people and nature.

Human Wholeness: To us, human wholeness is physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health. We believe in the inherent value of nature to advance all four.

Values We Seek

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. 

Focus Area: Nourishment

Empowering people to consistently choose regional and plant-based foods that restore human and environmental health.

Strategies include (but are not limited to):

  • Promoting participation in community gardens and farms
  • Growing knowledge and skills for selecting and preparing healthy, natural, local foods
  • Addressing community disparities to access affordable regional foods
  • Educating Mainers on the human and environmental health benefits of a regional, plant-based diet
  • Expanding gleaning, food waste reduction and composting programs
  • Advocating for healthier menu options within institutions
  • Building awareness and skills for regenerative, sustainable farming techniques
  • Awakening pride and joy from growing food in a family or community setting
  • Exploring ecological truths that link humans with nature through daily food choice 

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


  • 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
  • Qualifying organizations are required to have a current tax-exempt status 501-c3 designation or a fiscal agent with 501-c3 status.


  • 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 very 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


This page was last reviewed February 12, 2021 and last updated February 12, 2021