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.

The application process for the 2021 Discretionary Grants program will close on November 5, 2021. The application process for the 2022 Discretionary Grants program will open for applications in December 2021.

Please note that at this time MeHAF will not be funding projects focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic under the Discretionary Grants program.

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: $10,000

Time Period: 3/31/2021 – 12/31/2021

Bangor Region YMCA received support for their project to create a best practice data collection and evaluation system for a pilot evidence-based wellness program for patients with Alzheimer and Parkinson’s and their caregivers in Penobscot County. The resulting data will be used to demonstrate the impact of the program and participant satisfaction. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Maine’s rural population with Alzheimer's/Parkinson's and their caregivers had limited access to healthcare, few opportunities for socialization and reduced access to technology. The Y will provide financial and transportation assistance to participants with the goal of improving the mental and physical wellbeing of patients and their caregivers and prevent further deterioration from isolation.

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You can find Discretionary Grant FAQs here or contact Program Officer Andrea Francis via or phone: 207.620.8266 x118.