MaineCF grants available to nonprofits supporting mass-shooting recovery

Monday, February 5, 2024

Nonprofit organizations located in the Lewiston-Auburn region supporting  recovery efforts following the Lewiston mass shootings may be eligible for grants from the Maine Community Foundation’s Lewiston-Auburn Area Response Fund.

The Broad Recovery Efforts & Organizations Fund will support nonprofit organizations that provided and are continuing to provide relevant services and support to people who were present at the shootings and others who suffered psychological trauma.

An all-volunteer steering committee for the Broad Recovery Efforts & Organizations Fund will be responsible for creating the distribution policy for contributions collected through the Lewiston-Auburn Area Response Fund for eligible nonprofit organizations.

This steering committee comprises community and civic leaders including: Rebecca Swanson Conrad (chair), RSC Consulting; Joleen Bedard, United Way of Androscoggin County; Kevin Bohlin, Maine Association of the Deaf; Nathan Davis, Gateway Community Services Maine; Virginia Dearani, Thomas College; Julia Harper, Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn; Jake Langlais, Lewiston Public Schools; Muhidin Libah, Somali Bantu Community Association; Leslie Ogilvie, Tri-County Mental Health Services; and Julia Sleeper-Whiting, Tree Street Youth.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 4. For more information and to apply, visit

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