Each year, the Quimby Family Foundation grants awards to qualifying 501-c3 Non-Profit organizations based in Maine whose mission and values are aligned with The Quimby Family Foundation. We prioritize projects that contribute to our desired impacts and exemplify our values.

Grant Cycles:

We have two grant cycles per year and an organization may submit a letter in either cycle. We will only accept one letter per year from an organization.

Grant Range:

Awards are granted in the range of $5,000 – $25,000.

Application Process:

Concept Letter: All applicants will need to download and complete a concept letter form. When the concept letter form has been filled out, it needs to be emailed to according to the dates listed below. Based on concept letters, The Quimby Family Foundation will invite selected organizations to submit a full application.

Full application: If invited to apply for funding, you will receive an e-mail with our full application which you fill out and email to All questions regarding the application process may be submitted to the foundation via email:

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

Invitation Only Grants:

Each year, we will invite a small number of organizations with which we have developed strong working relationships, or emerging organizations presenting sound cases for investment, to submit an application for special consideration. These grants will be longer-term and/or provide a substantial investment in operations, capacity, and/or innovation. The invitations to apply are initiated exclusively by the Quimby Family Foundation.

Grant Cycle Dates for 2017

Cycle Dates
Spring March 15 – August 1
Fall August 1- December 15

Application Deadlines:

Spring Cycle:

  • March 15- Begin accepting concept letters
  • April 15- Concept letter submission closed
  • May 15- Email notification regarding concept letters and invitation to apply
  • June 15- Full applications due
  • August 1: Notification of funding

Fall Cycle:

  • August 1- Begin accepting concept letters
  • September 1- Concept letter submission closed
  • October 1- Email notification regarding concept letters and invitation to apply
  • November 1- Full applications due
  • December 15th: Notification of funding


  • First, projects will be assessed according to the degree to which they contribute to the impact areas the Foundation prioritizes.
  • Second, projects that support the desired impacts will be prioritized according to the degree to which they exemplify the Foundation’s values.

Funding Interests:

Possible Projects


  • Creation of trails for walking, hiking, or biking
  • Programs to promote walking and biking as forms of active transportation
  • Outdoor recreation and exercise programs
  • Partnering with physicians and healthcare professionals to promote the use of movement and nature as a public health strategy


  • Creating and restoring community gardens, parks, and green spaces
  • Programming to engage communities with existing nearby nature opportunities
  • Wilderness immersion programs


  • Programming on the human and environmental health benefits of a regional plant based diet
  • Cooking and nutrition classes
  • Gleaning programs
  • Improving the nutritional value of food served at institutions

Unlikely To 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
  • 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

Please review complete application instructions and grant cycle dates to the right.

**The 2017 cycle has closed. Our next grant cycle will open in 2018.**

Important forms

Submit mid-year or year-end evaluation