Discretionary Grants Program

Discretionary Grants are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year. The program provides grants to fund small, discrete, time-limited projects and activities.  Awards for regional projects are typically around $5,000, and statewide activities that highly align with mission may be awarded grants up to $10,000.

How to Apply for a Discretionary Grant

Interested applicants may submit an initial letter of inquiry (LOI) electronically by clicking the “Manage Your Grant” link on the left sidebar of this page.

If the LOI is approved by MeHAF staff, a full application will be requested. PLEASE NOTE: An organization can receive only one Discretionary Grant per calendar year.

  • Projects must have a clear start and end date and be completed within a 12-month period.
  • Projects must have a projected start date no earlier than six weeks from the date of submission of the LOI.
  • Upon completion of the project, grantees will be required to submit brief narrative and financial reports and asked to schedule a debrief call with the Program Officer.

Successful Discretionary Grant Proposals:

  • Respond to an emerging issue or current need
  • Plan for, pilot, or implement a new or creative approach to better serve groups or populations
  • Focus on groups or populations that face disproportionate barriers to accessing health services and achieving the best possible health

Grantee Highlights

Amount: $5,875

Time Period: 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2022

Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) has been awarded funding for a project to pilot an approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion training for faculty of a family medicine residency to improve resident education and patient care in Lewiston, Rumford, and surrounding areas. As part of CMMC’s commitment to addressing Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) in both patient care and resident education, the program will create a plan to expand the diversity of faculty and resident groups, improve the care they provide to the racially and economically diverse local community and to reduce health disparities. The primary focus with this project is to improve the care provided to members of historically marginalized groups that have disproportionately experienced barriers to accessing health services, and also facilitate residents' growth, seeking to expand the impact of the project in perpetuity.

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Questions? Contact Program Officer Andrea Francis via or phone: 207.620.8266 x118.