MaineCF awards $199K to nonprofits serving vulnerable communities

Friday, July 28, 2023

The Maine Community Foundation’s (MaineCF) Frances Hollis Brain Foundation Fund awarded $198,213 to 29 organizations that support underserved or vulnerable communities in Auburn, Bath, Biddeford, Brunswick, Greater Portland, Lewiston, Saco and Sanford.

The grantees include:

  • Maine Boys to Men, for Boot Camp for New Dads, a program for expectant fathers
  • The Ecology School, to provide hands-on environmental education for Saco students in grades K-2 that promotes environmental stewardship, social emotional learning and STEM skills
  • Woodfords Family Services, to ensure students with special needs have reliable transportation for special purpose school services.

David and Frances Brain established the Frances Hollis Brain Foundation in 1993 as a tangible expression of their values. Through their foundation, they sought with their family to address their social concerns and encourage future generations of the family to contribute to the well-being of their communities in Maine, Georgia and Kentucky. In 2017 they turned to the Maine Community Foundation to manage their grantmaking in Maine.

The Maine Community Foundation brings people and resources together to build a better Maine through strategic giving, community leadership, personalized service, local expertise and strong investments. To learn more about the foundation, visit