What types of organizations/projects does the Quimby Family Foundation support?

The Quimby Family Foundation is committed to growing human wholeness by fostering stronger relationships between people and nature. For a complete list of projects and organizations that we have supported please visit our grantees page.

Are there organizations/projects that the Quimby Family Foundation does not fund?

Yes. We are 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
  • Large Human Service Organizations
  • Religious and/or faith-based institutions or programs that include religious activities
  • Animal Agriculture


Can we still receive funding if our organization is not based in Maine?

In rare instances we will fund an organization that is not based in Maine if their work is being done in the state of Maine. We do not currently fund projects outside of Maine.

How do I apply?

First, you need to submit a one-page concept letter describing the mission of your organization and the project for which you seek funding. We have two grant cycles per year and concept letters must be submitted through our website. Our board will then begin the review process. The second part of the application process happens only if our board approves your one page proposal. If approved, you will receive an e-mail attachment of our application. Please review the deadlines for the application process carefully as we are not able to make any exceptions. Please visit the apply tab on our website for more information.

Can we meet with a Quimby Family Foundation representative to discuss our organization/grant?

We have a very small staff and receive more requests for meetings than we are able to accommodate, yet we schedule phone calls and in person meetings as much as we can! We prefer to schedule a brief phone conversation before or during the concept letter phase to discuss the proposal and we generally schedule meetings after the concept letter has been approved and an organization has been asked to submit a full proposal. If your organization has been selected to submit a grant application, we may request a site visit and or meeting.

Can we apply for more than one project?

No. We will review only one project per organization. If you have more than one project in mind, please feel free to give us a call so we can determine the best alignment.

How much do you fund?

The Quimby Family Foundation awards grants up to $25,000. We provide a very small number of larger investments on an invitation only basis.

What if I am not a 501c3?

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

Do you support general operating expenses?

Yes. We definitely understand the need for general operating expenses so that your organization can continue to do great work.

Do you do multi year grants?

We only provide multi year grants to our invitation only applicants. For our open application process, there is no limit to the number of years that you can apply and/or be funded.

What is expected from grantees?

When an organization receives a grant we want to know about successes and challenges throughout the year as well as the impact of the grant. We request a midyear check in and end year report and we will provide additional details upon receiving a grant.

I missed the deadline!

Unfortunately, we are not able to make ANY exceptions to our deadlines. We hope that you will consider applying for the next grant cycle.

Where do I find your application?

If your one page concept letter is approved, you will receive a copy of our application as an e-mail attachment.

What is your mailing address?

While we appreciate updates throughout the year, we have chosen to be a paperless foundation. Please continue to send any letters or photos via e-mail- we love to hear from you! Electronic communication also allows us to easily share with all of our board members.

Does the Quimby Family Foundation provide funding to Arts organizations?

For twelve years, the Quimby Family Foundation made grants to art organizations. In late 2016, a separate foundation was created, The Roxanne Quimby Foundation, which focuses on the arts in Maine. The Quimby Family Foundation no longer funds arts nonprofits. For more information on the RQ Foundation, please write:

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